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Monday, December 28, 2009

An Aussie Christmas Carol

Australians are proud of their county and heritage. They also lean a bit more toward the pragmatic than the creative. This trend accounts for them changing the words to well known traditional Christmas carols insteading of bothering to think up new songs that will only be sung a few weeks out of each year.

Here an example call Aussie Jingle Bells by Colin Buchanan.

In case you had trouble following the lyrics, I took the time to type them up for you. Don't be afraid to email me if you need any of it translated to American.

Aussie Jingle Bells
By Colin Buchanan & Nick Bland


Dashing through the bush, in a rusty Holden ute,
Kicking up the dust, esky in the boot.
Kelpie by my side, singing Christmas songs,
It’s summertime and I am in my singlet, shorts and thongs.

Oh! Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way!
Christmas in Australia on a scorching summer’s day, hey!
Jingle bells, jingle bells, Christmas time is a beaut!
Oh what fun it is to ride in a rusty Holden ute.

Engine’s getting hot, we dodge the kangaroos,
The swaggie climbs aboard – he is welcome too.
All the family’s there, sitting by the pool,
Christmas Day the Aussie way, by the barbeque.

Oh! Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way!
Christmas in Australia on a scorching summer’s day, hey!
Jingle bells, jingle bells, Christmas time is a beaut!
Oh what fun it is to ride in a rusty Holden ute.

Come the afternoon, Grandpa has a doze,
The kids and Uncle Bruce are swimming in their cloths.
The time comes ‘roud to go; we take a family snap,
Park the car and all shoot through, before the washing-up.

Oh! Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way!
Christmas in Australia on a scorching summer’s day, hey!
Jingle bells, jingle bells, Christmas time is a beaut!
Oh what fun it is to ride in a rusty Holden ute.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ok need some translation

Esky in the boot
swaggie climbs aboard
kelpie by my side

Thanks!

Kim

Walk with me said...

Esky in the boot – esky is a generic term for cooler and boot is a reference to the back of the truck or the trunk of the car.

swaggie climbs aboard – A swag is a bed roll and a swaggie is someone walking down the road carrying their bed roll. Sort of like a hitch hiker but not really begging for a ride just walking to somewhere and willing to accept a ride if offered.

kelpie by my side – Kelpie is a breed of working dog and this one’s riding in the front of the ute next to the driver.

Anonymous said...

Thank you ma'am! I had the boot figured out. Now if I want to be sneaky with the teenager in the house I can talk about the Esky!

Kim