I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas Lyrics ,Music:John Rox
The song was publishe 1953.
Peevey was a child star from Ponca City, Oklahoma. When released nationally by Columbia Records, the song shot to the top of the charts and the city zoo acquired a baby hippo named Matilda. Peevey was filmed performing the song on The Ed Sullivan Show in October 1953. A video of this performance is available on her website.
"I want a hippopotamus for Christmas Only a hippopotamus will do I don't want a doll, no dinkey tinker toys 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 rhinosaurus I only likes hippopotamuses [sic] And hippopotamuses [sic] 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."