I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas – Christmas Song

“I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas”
(originally by Gayla Peevey)


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 enjoyI 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 doI can see me now on Christmas morning
Creeping down the stairs
Oh what joy and what surprise
When I open up my eyes
To see a hippo hero standing thereI want a hippopotamus for Christmas
Only a hippopotamus will do
No crocodiles
No rhinoceroses
I only like hippopotamuses
And hippopotamuses like me too

(Swing it)

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 and 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 rhinoceroses-es
I only like hippopotamuses-es
And hippopotamuses like me too


This is a Christmas novelty song written by John Rox and performed by Gayla Peevey in 1953.
Gretchen Wilson’s cover of this track was released in late 2009 and debuted at number 54 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts in January 2010.