I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas

Have you ever wondered where the song “I want a hippopotamus for Christmas” came from? It seems like a silly song, but in fact, it’s extremely popular and has been since 1953. The song was written by John Rox and was recorded by Gayla Peevey. The song has only reached number 24 on the Billboard pop chart in December of 1953.

The legend says that the song had been performed to bring a hippo to the city zoo as a fundraiser. However, in 2007, Gayla Peevey claimed the song was not originally recorded as a fundraiser. Rather, the love of the song was picked upon and an event was launched to give her an actual hippo for Christmas.

The campaign was a success and she was given a hippo, which she then donated to the city zoo. The hippo lived for about 50-years and then Peevey was present when the zoo was given a pygmy hippo in 2017.

You can find this song as a karaoke version and if you need the lyrics, here they are:

Song lyrics

I want a hippopotamus for Christmas

 

Only a hippopotamus will do

 

Don’t want a doll, no dinkey 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 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 rhinosauruses

 

I only likes hippopotamuses

 

And hippopotamuses 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

 

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, or rhinosauruseses

 

I only likes hippopotamuses

 

And hippopotamuses like me, too