#76 Corn Cob Pipe & Button Nose & –do you remember the lyrics?

corn cob pipe & button nose


#76 Corn Cob Pipe & Button Nose
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& two eyes made out of coal.

Mer­ry Christmas!
Hap­py Hanukkah!
Hap­py Kwanzaa!
and for a few dear friends of mine…
Bah Hum­bug!

Frosty the Snowman

a corn cob pipe & a button nose & two eyes made out of coal”

I chose this frigid but fun lit­tle guy to wish all my Amper­Art friends a Hap­py Hol­i­day Sea­son. I don’t think Frosty has any reli­gious pref­er­ence — well, maybe he wor­ships the Ice Man.

For this Amper­Art piece I could­n’t quite remem­ber the lyrics — I just recalled “a corn cob pipe & a but­ton nose & some­thing some­thing some­thing”—so I pulled up the ani­mat­ed short that I’ve always heard about but nev­er seen: Frosty the Snow­man by Bass/​Raskin Pro­duc­tions (1969). I was delight­ed to hear one of my favorite voic­es nar­rat­ing the sto­ry — Jim­my Durante. (Paul Frees, the voice of Dis­ney’s Haunt­ed Man­sion Ghost Host, Lud­wig Von Drake, and Boris Bade­n­ov of Rocky & Bull­win­kle, is fea­tured as San­ta Claus himself.)

Here are the full lyrics:

Frosty the Snowman
Writ­ten by Jack Rollins and Steve Nelson
Orig­i­nal­ly sung by Gene Autry & The Cass Coun­ty Boys
Released Decem­ber 14, 1950

Frosty the snow­man was a jol­ly hap­py soul
With a corn­cob pipe & a but­ton nose
& two eyes made out of coal
Frosty the snow­man is a fairy­tale they say
He was made of snow but the children
know how he came to life one day
There must have been some mag­ic in that
old silk hat they found
For when they placed it on his head
he began to dance around

Frosty the snowman
was alive as he could be
& the chil­dren say he could laugh
& play just the same as you& me
Thumpi­ty thump thump
thumpi­ty thump thump
Look at Frosty go
Thumpi­ty thump thump
thumpi­ty thump thump
Over the hills of snow

Frosty the snow­man knew
the sun was hot that day
So he said
Let’s run &
we’ll have some fun
now before I melt away
Down to the village
with a broom­stick in his hand
Run­ning here & there all
around the square saying
Catch me if you can
He led them down the streets of town
right to the traf­fic cop
& he only paused a moment when
he heard him holler “Stop!”
For Frosty the snow man
had to hur­ry on his way
But he waved good­bye saying
Don’t you cry
I’ll be back again some day
thumpi­ty thump thump
thumpi­ty thump thump
Look at Frosty go
thumpi­ty thump thump
thumpi­ty thump thump
Over the hills of snow

If you want to watch the 1969 ani­mat­ed short, click on Frosty’s hat:


I wish all of you, my loy­al sub­scribers, vis­i­tors, and amper­sand fans around the world, a warm and won­der­ful hol­i­day season…
except for Frosty — a jol­ly freez­ing cold one for him & his corn cob pipe & but­ton nose.

 Note on design: 

I fre­quent­ly have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to apply my for­mu­la for “aha!” design, which is luck + tal­ent = damn good design. Take a look at the lyrics in Corn Cob Pipe & But­ton Nose. There is at least one “o” in each line! That gave me the idea to use Frosty’s body for each “o.” Though it appears there might be miss­ing or hid­den let­ters, they’re all there. We (Frosty & I) have just turned every “o” into a snowball.


Production notes for Corn Cob Pipe & Button Nose:
Original size: 20x30 inches
Program: Illustrator
Typographic styling: There are no letters missing or hidden by Frosty’s body. Each “O” is rendered as one of his snowballs.
Font: KB The End Is Broken
Ampersand: the finest wool, of course
Images for Corn Cob Pipe & Button Nose:
Snowflake background: psd​graph​ics​.com (hundreds of free hi-​rez images)
Top hat: cli​partbest​.com
Enjoy & share…

9 thoughts to “#76 Corn Cob Pipe & Button Nose & –do you remember the lyrics?”

  1. Mer­ry Christ­mas My Friend!!

    Well Chaz, We both have almost made it anoth­er year. As this Christ­mas sea­son comes. You nev­er seen to miss on the Hol­i­days. And of course my Fix of Amper Art. I have print­ed Frosty to share with the Grand­kids. I wish you Peace and Hap­pi­ness this Christmas.

    God Bless Larry

  2. Anoth­er won­der­ful pre­sen­ta­tion for the Christ­mas sea­son. Hope to see you soon. Mer­ry Christ­mas & Hap­py New Year.

  3. Chaz,
    How in the world do you think of these won­der­ful mes­sages??? Just per­fect for this time of year … Even though we don’t get snow in SoCal it’s fun to imag­ine what kind of snow­man we’d build. Thanks for shar­ing your cre­ativ­i­ty and talents.
    Mer­ry Christmas!

    1. I have to imag­ine what snow feels like – I’ve nev­er even touched it! (Let alone build a snow­man.) As for cre­at­ing Amper­Art, I might have to wear Frosty’s mag­ic hat to come up with the 2015 New Year design. I’ve sketched & sketched and just don’t see an amper­sand in those num­bers. But I do have till the end of the year…

  4. Char­lie, you always impress and this one lifts the Christ­mas spir­it. I always look for­ward to the Amper­art emails.
    You are so very talented!
    Much love,

  5. Very, very clever, Chaz! I do love Frosty.

    Hope you and your fam­i­ly have a Won­der­ful CHRIST­mas! It real­ly is ALL about Jesus! 

    And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tid­ings of great joy, which shall be to all peo­ple. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Sav­ior, which is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:10 – 11

    Bless you all!

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