Why You DO NOT Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas

“I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” is a novelty song written by John Rox and performed by Gayla Peevey. She was 10 years old at the time in 1953. The Three Stooges went on to record a version in 1959. Many others have recorded it since then as well.

In the song, the singer expresses that she wants to become the proud owner of a hippopotamus. For example, these Lyrics:

Mom says a hippo would eat me up but then
Teacher says the hippo is a vegetarian

The problem here is that while it is entirely true that Hippos do not eat meat, they are still very capable of killing human beings.

According to the BBC, “the hippopotamus is the world’s deadliest large land mammal, killing an estimated 500 people per year in Africa. Hippos are aggressive creatures, and they have very sharp teeth. And you would not want to get stuck under one; at up to 2,750kg they can crush a human to death.”

National Geographic has reported on conflicts between Humans and Hippos in Kenya over land and resources. They Hippos are not playing and they are tired of our crap.

So while this is a great song, maybe we should give plush toy hippos to our kids and some reserve habitat to the hippos.

Christmas Tree’s ON FIRE !?

FIRST – Check out the lyrics!

The Christmas Tree’s on fire
It’s burning down the house
Flames are getting higher
And I’m try’na put it out

I’m beatin’ it back with a tube sock
And a cushion off the couch
The Christmas Tree’s on fire
And it’s burning down the house

I discovered this song as performed by Holly Golightly while surfing YouTube about 8 years ago. At first I thought this was a recording from the 60s. It’s actually came out in 2006. There’s something about the drums that makes it sound extra retro.

This is the kind of wacky holiday music we are playing right now on FunHouseRadio.com so if you liked this, tune in to the live stream for more!

photo: CityNews.ca

(All I Want for Christmas is) My Two Front Teeth

All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth” is a novelty Christmas Song written in 1944 by Donald Yetter Gardner. He was a music teacher at the time. As many teachers do, he asked his second grade class what they all wanted for Christmas. He noticed that many of his students answered with a certain lisp because they had lost a tooth or two in the front of their young mouths.

The song was published in written form in 1948 after music executive discovered Gardner singing the song at a music teacher’s conference. The rest is history, as they say.

A quick search on Discogs reveals that this song have been recorded by dozens of artists. These include Little Tommy Tucker, Alvin & The Chipmunks, The Andrew Sisters, Spike Jones, Arthur Godfrey, The Three Stooges, The Platters, The Sesame Street cast, and even Danny Kaye. My favorite version is by Nat “King” Cole.

Pretty nifty right?

What is even more fun is the cover-art found on the various singles, compilation and albums that feature the song. Take a look at what I found, starting with the cassette tape that I had as a child.

Below we have the jacket used on the Spike Jones version released on RCA Victor as a 45rpm 7inch record.

The LP below has been re-released a number of times on different record labels.

Below is a box collection of 45pm records that were created specifically to work with record changers.