I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas

Happy Thursday! Christmas is just around the corner! 😀

Over the past few weeks, I have written about some of my favorite Christmas songs (See: White ChristmasA Holly Jolly Christmas, and You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch).

This week I wanted to write about a song that I was curious about. 😉 Have you ever heard that song “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas”? The first time I heard it was on the radio probably about ten years ago.

When I heard the song, I thought it was a unique new song and was curious as to why the woman singing it had altered her voice for the song.

Recently, I looked up the song, and I learned that it wasn’t a new song, and it wasn’t sung by a woman. It was actually a song from 1953 and sung by the 10-year-old Gayla Peevey.

I found a music video of the original song. At the end of the original music video, there is a clip of the 73-year-old Gayla Peevey singing the song in 2016. Check it out:

Written by:John Jefferson Rox  © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Lyrics:
I want a hippopotamus for Christmas
Only a hippopotamus will do
Don’t want a doll, no dinkey tinker toy
I want a hippopotamus to play with and enjoy
I want a hippopotamus for Christmas
I don’t think Santa Claus will mind, do you?
He won’t have to use a dirty chimney flue
Just bring him through the front door
That’s the easy thing to do
I can see me now on Christmas morning
Creeping down the stairs
Oh what joy, what surprise
When I open up my eyes
To see a hippo hero standing there
I want a hippopotamus for Christmas
Only a hippopotamus will do
No crocodiles, no rhinosauruses
I only likes hippopotamuses
And hippopotamuses like me, too
Mom says a hippo, would eat me up but then
Teacher says a hippo is a vegetarian
There’s lots of room for him in our two-car garage
I’d feed him there and wash him there and give him his massage
I can see me now on Christmas morning
Creeping down the stairs
Oh what joy, what surprise
When I open up my eyes
To see a hippo hero standing there
I want a hippopotamus for Christmas
Only a hippopotamus will do
No crocodiles, or rhinosauruseses
I only likes hippopotamuses
And hippopotamuses like me, too

“I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” is definitely a unique Christmas song. Can you think of any unique Christmas songs?

Thoughts? Please post them :-)

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