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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

"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."

Gayle Peevey(I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas)
Gayle Peevey

Gayle Peevey

"When you hear music, after it's over, it's gone in the air.
You can never capture it again. "

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