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Lyr Req: I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas (Rox)

15 Dec 99 - 09:43 PM (#150125)
Subject: I want a hippopotamus for christmas
From: vmlo@gladstone.uoregon.edu

Can you tell me where I can find the lyrics to this song?


15 Dec 99 - 09:53 PM (#150132)
Subject: Lyr Add: I WANT A HIPPOPOTAMUS FOR CHRISTMAS (Rox)
From: _gargoyle

I WANT A HIPPOPOTAMUS FOR CHRISTMAS

Words and music by John Rox
performed by Gayla Peevey (1953)

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

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, 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

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 rhinoceroseses
I only like hippopotamuseses
And hippopotamuses like me too!


16 Dec 99 - 07:42 AM (#150265)
Subject: Tune Add: I WANT A HIPPOPOTAMUS FOR CHRISTMAS
From: John in Brisbane

And here;s the tune - a tricky little one it is too!

MIDI file: hippo.mid

Timebase: 192

Text: I WANT A HIPPOPOTAMUS FOR CHRISTMAS
TimeSig: 6/8 24 8
Tempo: 165 (363636 microsec/crotchet)
Name: John in Brisbane
Start
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End

This program is worth the effort of learning it.

To download the January 15 MIDItext 98 software and get instructions on how to use it click here

ABC format:

X:1
T:I Want a Hippopotamus For Christmas
M:6/8
Q:1/4=165
K:C
G|c13/8z3/8cG13/8z3/8G|A13/8z3/8AE13/8z3/8E|
G21/8z3/8G3|-G21/8z19/8G|c13/8z3/8cG13/8z3/8G|
A13/8z3/8AE13/8z3/8E|G6|-G21/8z27/8|B21/8z3/8B13/8z3/8^A|
B5^A|B13/8z3/8^AB13/8z3/8^A|B5G|A13/8z3/8^GA13/8z3/8^G|
A13/8z3/8Bc13/8z3/8^c|d13/8z3/8cB13/8z3/8A|
G21/8z19/8G|c13/8z3/8cG13/8z3/8G|A13/8z3/8AE13/8z3/8E|
G21/8z3/8G3|-G21/8z19/8G|c13/8z3/8cG13/8z3/8G|
A13/8z3/8AE13/8z3/8E|G6|-G21/8z19/8G|B21/8z3/8B13/8z3/8^A|
B5^A|B13/8z3/8^AB13/8z3/8^A|B21/8z19/8G|A13/8z3/8^GA13/8z3/8^G|
A13/8z3/8Bc13/8z3/8^c|d13/8z3/8cB13/8z3/8A|
G21/8z3/8G13/8z3/8A|^A21/8z3/8d21/8z3/8|G21/8z3/8^A21/8z3/8|
A21/8z3/8c21/8z3/8|F21/8z3/8A21/8z3/8|G21/8z3/8^A21/8z3/8|
E21/8z3/8d21/8z3/8|c6|-c21/8z3/8c13/8z3/8c|
B13/8z3/8BB13/8z3/8d|G21/8z3/8A13/8z3/8B|
c13/8z3/8cc13/8z3/8e|G13/8z3/8AB13/8z3/8c|
d21/8z3/8c21/8z3/8|B21/8z3/8^F21/8z3/8|A21/8z3/8G21/8z3/8|
G5G|c13/8z3/8cG13/8z3/8G|A13/8z3/8AE13/8z3/8E|
G21/8z3/8G3|-G7/2z5/2|cccG13/8z3/8G|A13/8z3/8AE13/8z3/8E|
G6|-G21/8z27/8|B21/8z3/8B13/8z3/8^A|B21/8z19/8^A|
B21/8z3/8B13/8z3/8^A|BB13/8z27/8|A21/8z3/8A13/8z3/8^G|
A7/2z5/2|d13/8z3/8cB13/8z3/8A|GG29/8z3/8G|
A13/8z3/8^GA13/8z3/8^A|B13/8z3/8AB13/8z3/8e|
c6|-c21/8||


19 Dec 00 - 09:36 PM (#360145)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I want a hippopotamus for christmas
From: GUEST,Catwoman

I have tried and tried, and I can't figure out how to convert from text to midi. The instructions leave out some information needed I thnk by the less than adept computer user.


20 Dec 00 - 08:46 AM (#360321)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I want a hippopotamus for christmas
From: Snuffy

Highlight just the RED bits on the screen and copy them into a file called (say) Hippo.txt on your desktop. Then just drag that file over the Text2midi icon until you see a "+" and release the mouse. Sometimes these programs put the midi in a weird directory so the use FIND from the Windows start menu to look for "Hippo.mid"

Good luck.


20 Dec 00 - 09:04 AM (#360332)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I want a hippopotamus for christmas
From: McGrath of Harlow

Please - a hippopotamus is not just for Christmas, it's for life! Every January the animal sanctuaries are crowded out with unwanted hippos who have been dumped on their doorsteps...


20 Dec 00 - 09:34 AM (#360351)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I want a hippopotamus for christmas
From: MMario

Catwoman - every once in a while for some wierd reason a text editor will insert a blank space at the beginning of each line. if it won't convert for you, try opening the text file in wordpad or something like that and checking to make sure you don't have those excess blanks.


20 Dec 00 - 10:40 AM (#360391)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I want a hippopotamus for christmas
From: Allan C.

Or if all you want is to just hear the song you can find links to wav. and MP3 versions here:

http://sgor.hyperchat.com/newchat/u/yummy/~soe/hippoFAQ.htm


20 Dec 00 - 10:54 AM (#360397)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I want a hippopotamus for christmas
From: catspaw49

And here I am........Allan's Official Blue Clicky Creator!

CLICK HERE for wav and MP3

Spaw


20 Dec 00 - 11:01 AM (#360401)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I want a hippopotamus for christmas
From: MMario

y'know 'Spaw, you keep up with doing stuff like making clickies, ya gonna be drummed out of the lay-abouts.


20 Dec 00 - 11:31 AM (#360423)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I want a hippopotamus for christmas
From: catspaw49

Nah....can't happen Mario. First, as a charter member and board member, I have tenure. Second, this would also require that the other three board members can muster up the initiative between them to do anything, which is not only unlikely, but frankly impossible as they are all completely swamped with winding their watches, evacuating their bladders, and trying to get the little BB's in the eyes of the bear. I'd explain this further except I take lasix and I have to piss, I realize mt watch is 4 hours off, and I gotta' go find my bear puzzle.

Spaw


20 Dec 00 - 04:36 PM (#360576)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I want a hippopotamus for christmas
From: NightWing

Dang it! Didn't Shel Silverstein write a poem something like this? Where the Sidewalk Ends? A Light in the Attic? Anybody remember?

Delightful!

BB,
NightWing


21 Dec 00 - 11:53 AM (#361113)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I want a hippopotamus for christmas
From: Geoff the Duck

I'm not that well up on Shel Silverstein apart from some of the obvious Dr Hook stuff, but here's a blue clicky to a site with his lyrics and poetry.
Click Here
If you find what you are looking for let us know!
Quack
GtD


21 Dec 00 - 01:52 PM (#361193)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I want a hippopotamus for christmas
From: GUEST,Sarah

Shel Silverstein wrote a wonderful children's book away back when named Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros?

I have a copy and would not trade or sell for all the tea, etc.

Sarah


21 Dec 00 - 02:00 PM (#361199)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I want a hippopotamus for christmas
From: MMario

I have to admit every time I see this thread I want to post something along the lines of "Is your oven big enough? Most people would settle for a ham or a turkey"

But I won't. Not even though I have now spent days wpndering what kind of dressing one would use with hippo. I would think Water chessnuts would have to be in it somewhere. And how do you season a hippo?


22 Dec 00 - 11:11 AM (#361733)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I want a hippopotamus for christmas
From: GUEST,Sarah

MMario: The base of the dressing is stale watercress sandwiches, torn into small pieces. (I usually just leave them on the countertop and all over the garage overnight.) The difficult part is obtaining the Nile water here in the U.S., but an abolute must if the seasoning for the dressing is going to be right. I generally order it in mid-July to have time to deal with import red tape. Other than that, the usual oysters, celery, onions, rice (or cornbread), along with your ordinary holiday herbs and spices, multiplied by 500, will get you a fine Hippodressing -- no sage, though; it clashes with the watercress.

The water chestnuts, you're right, do figure, but they are laid over the hippo, much as one would lay sliced onions over a roast. For the rest, it's just minced garlic and salt and pepper to taste -- usually no more than a gallon of the former and five or six pounds each of the latter.

It's not very difficult, actually, just sort of time-consuming in a small kitchen.

Oh, and four or twelve freezers for the leftovers are useful.

Next month, Leftover Hippo Pot Pie...

Sarah


22 Dec 00 - 11:29 AM (#361740)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I want a hippopotamus for christmas
From: MMario

thank you sarah. Maybe I'll get a decent nights sleep now. It has been driving me nutty...okay, nuttier.


24 Nov 02 - 02:08 AM (#833709)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I want a hippopotamus for christmas
From: Genie

Can anyone post a MIDI or a link to an MP3? I don't do Windows.

Genie


24 Nov 02 - 10:45 AM (#833856)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I want a hippopotamus for christmas
From: GUEST,ghost

I found a 45rpm of this by The Three Stooges. It's one of my favorite songs to sing during this up and coming season.


24 Nov 02 - 12:42 PM (#833917)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I want a hippopotamus for christmas
From: Allan C.

Genie, check out 'Spaw's post above.


24 Nov 02 - 01:10 PM (#833938)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I want a hippopotamus for christmas
From: Genie

Don't you have to have Windows to use that program, Allan?

Genie


24 Nov 02 - 02:36 PM (#833987)
Subject: Tune Add: I want a hippopotamus for christmas
From: Genie

The link John in Brisbane posted no longer works, for the ABC file.

But I did find Spaw's link to the MP3 and wav. file website. (My scrolling finger must've had spasms, and I missed Spaw's link several times while searching the thread.) Thanks for pointing it out, Allan, and thanks to Spaw for having got up off the couch to post it. :-)

And, oh, yes, thanks for the recipes, folks!

Genie


11 Jan 05 - 05:08 PM (#1376965)
Subject: I want a hippopotamus for christmas
From: GUEST


11 Jan 05 - 05:12 PM (#1376972)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I want a hippopotamus for christmas
From: GUEST,ME

Does anyone know where to find guitar chords for "I Want a Hippo for Christmas"? Thanks


11 Dec 08 - 07:23 PM (#2513101)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas
From: Genie

Someone in another thread mentioned "the story behind" this song.

Anyone know it and care to share it?


12 Dec 08 - 12:46 AM (#2513258)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas
From: Uncle Phil

The short version of the story is that the song was used as a fund-raiser to buy a hippopotamus for the Oklahoma City zoo. They raised $3000 and the Okie city zoo got a hippo name Matilda.
- Phil


12 Dec 08 - 03:02 AM (#2513282)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas
From: Folkiedave

The long version is that the fund raising was to actually buy a hippo for Gayla Peevey the ten-year old who sang the song. Believe it or not they managed to raise the money and presented the hippo to her - despite promising to keep the hippo in the two car garage in the song she had enough sense to hand it over to Oklahoma City Zoo.

(How long do hippos live? Is it still there?)


12 Dec 08 - 11:58 AM (#2513582)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas
From: GUEST,Okie

http://www.westnet.com/Holiday/Mirror/HippoFaq/matilda1.htm


12 Dec 08 - 12:32 PM (#2513605)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas
From: Folkiedave

Thanks for that......