Who is Parson Brown?
Christmas time is approaching fast and along with the upcoming holiday season one must expect the good ol’ radio station playlist switch. All of a sudden after the Thanksgiving Turducken, your musical radio life turns into a wintery wonderland. However, the inside of your car is no different from the halls of the office. For the next month, your co-workers will be humming, singing, whistling, and tapping Christmas songs.
As it turns out, weat the InBusiness office are no different and what better song to sing than Frosty the Snowman. Good ol’ Frosty. As this song was sung in the office today, I couldn’t help but hum the tune in my head, but on this day one particular verse got me thinking…
“In the meadow we can build a snowman,
then pretend that he is Parson Brown.
He’ll say ‘Are You Married?’
We’ll say ‘No man, but you can do the job when you’re in town!”
After hearing this, I wondered to myself, “Who the heck is Parson Brown?” A fresh browser and a google page and exactly 0.25 seconds later, I found my answer. So here is your Christmas factoid of t
he day. Enjoy. If you need anything else, InBusiness has the answers (shameless plug, ha).
Being that a Floridian orange grower was the only well-known person by the name of “Parson Brown” at the time the song was composed, one can assume that “Parson” is used as a title, instead of a first name. In the period when this song was written, parsons (now known as a Protestant minister) often travelled among small rural towns to perform wedding ceremonies for denominational followers who did not have a local minister of their faith. Therefore, the children are most likely pretending that their snowman is a Parson with the surname “Brown,” which would be visiting the town again in the future.