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Sunday Song Lyric:
Somehow, I'd managed to go 37 years without ever hearing the holiday classic, "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas." Written by John Rox, and first recorded by Gayla Peevey in 1953. It is clever and cute, especially when sung by young children (or Redheadlaw7). Here's a taste of the lyrics:
I want a hippopotamus for Christmas
Only a hippopotamus will do
Don't want a doll, no dinky 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 our dirty chimney flue
Just bring him through the front door,
that's the easy thing to do.
And:
I want a hippopotamus for Christmas
Only a hippopotamus will do
No crocodiles, no rhinoceroses
I only like hippopotamuses
And hippopotamuses like me too.

Mom says the hippo would eat me up, but then
Teacher says a hippo is a vegeterian.
Youtube has quite a few versions of the song (e.g. here and here), and there's even a "Hippo Song" FAQ.


Merry Christmas!

DonBoy (mail) (www):
I'm walking backwards for Christmas
Across the Irish Sea
I'm walking backwards for Christmas
It's the only thing for me

I've tried walking sideways
And walking to the front
But people just laugh and say
It's a publicity stunt

Oh I'm walking backwards for Christmas
To prove that I love you
-- Spike Milligan, for The Goons
12.24.2006 11:31pm
Lively:
I love that song. They play it regularly on the radio I listen to.
12.25.2006 12:06am
Kovarsky (mail):
holy shit james brown just died.
12.25.2006 6:07am
Eli Rabett (www):
Where this leads to
12.25.2006 11:09am
PAC:
You'd probably also like "I want an alien for Christmas."

http://youtube.com/watch?v=XivLh2p61Kg
12.25.2006 9:17pm
JosephSlater (mail):
I had never heard that "Hippopotamus" song until this year. They played it at my local zoo, and my three year old son now loves it. And loves to hear it over and over.
12.25.2006 10:59pm
NickM (mail) (www):
You never listened to Dr. Demento growing up?

Nick
12.26.2006 12:30pm
JosephSlater (mail):
Not that episode. I remember "Flying Purple People Eaters" . . . .
12.26.2006 3:56pm
Spartacus (www):
Does this put to rest the "hippopotami" malapropism? Personally, I prefer "hippopotamusseses"
12.27.2006 9:46am