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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!



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    UnregisteredMar 6, 2012 at 7:22 pm
    To the one comment up there or down where ever it is after i post this, you wanna get us in the christmas sprite? They have christmas sprite?! Hahaha! But i think its clearly saying a kid wants a hippo for christmas. Or that you should wish or believe for anything! :d
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    UnregisteredDec 17, 2011 at 1:04 am
    This song represents the inner struggle the artist is dealing with in trying to come to terms with her own humanity and her ultimate realization that some day she will die. The image of a hippo was chosen to represent the immense size and extent of this conflict that each one of us faces at some point in our live.
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    UnregisteredDec 15, 2011 at 2:54 pm
    It represents an inner war going on with the main character. She wants a hippo but other people are trying to bring her dreams to an end. I believe in her and one day she will be a zookeeper and own 5 hippos and be livin the dream. I believe shes a hero for persuing her dreams and doing her best to make them come true.
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    UnregisteredMar 1, 2012 at 5:08 am
    To me(from my personal experiences) when i was younger, i sang this song and a few others with my 2nd grade class, and i still remember singing on k.u. S.i. News and infront of a large crowd at some popular lake where i live. This song, reminds me of all those childhood feelings that you get when you are happy.. Its an overwhelming feeling that makes me smile, and get a weird feeling in my heart that sometimes makes me feel like its so full of positive energy, i swear it's going to explode. (:

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