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Christmas Songs - I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas - Capo (Chord)
Submitter: waynusofuranus (75) on 12/14/06
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I WANT A HIPPOPOTAMUS FOR CHRISTMAS (HIPPO THE HERO)
Written by John Rox
Based on the recording by Gayla Peevey

This arrangement in the key of D facilitates the moving bass line.
Capo allows for a choice of lower keys to suit average voices.

4 beats per chord (beat = 3/8)
` = 2 beats
' = 1 beat
(capo at fifth fret to match original recording)

INTRO:
`D  ' 'D#o7  A7/E

D  'D 'A  `D
             I

VERSE:
D                       D
Want a hippopotamus for Christmas
D                        A7
Only a hippopotamus will do
A7                   A7
Don't want a doll no dinky Tinker Toy I
E7                    `E7              `A7
Want a hippopotamus to play with and en-joy I

VERSE:
D                       D
Want a hippopotamus for Christmas I
D                                    A7
Don't think Santa Claus will mind do you he
A7                    A7
Won't have to use our dirty chimney flue just
E7                                     `E7               `A7
Bring him through the front door that's the easy thing to do I can

BRIDGE:
D7(b9)        G
See me now on Christmas morning
D7               `G    'Em/B 'Em7b5/Bb
Creeping down the stairs      oh what
A7                           D
Joy and what surprise when I open up my eyes to see a
E7        'A   'Ao  `A
Hippo hero stan-ding there I

CHORUS:
D                       D
Want a hippopotamus for Christmas
D                        A7
Only a hippopotamus will do
A7               A7
No crocodiles no rhinoceroses
E7         `E7       `A7
I only like hippopota-muses and
`Em       `A7           `D  'Em7 'A7
 Hippopota-muses like me too

VERSE:
D    D    D    A7
(instrumental)
A7                       A7
Mom says the hippo would eat me up but then
E7                       `E7      `A7
Teacher says a hippo is a vegeteri-an

VERSE:
D    D    D    A7
(instrumental)   There's
A7                      A7
Lots of room for him in our two-car garage I'd
E7                                   `E7              `A7
Feed him there and wash him there and give him his mas-sage I can

BRIDGE:
D7(b9)        G
See me now on Christmas morning
D7               `G    'Em/B 'Em7b5/Bb
Creeping down the stairs      oh what
A7                           D
Joy and what surprise when I open up my eyes to see a
E7        'A   'Ao  `A
Hippo hero stan-ding there I

CHORUS:
D                       D
Want a hippopotamus for Christmas
D                        A7
Only a hippopotamus will do
A7               A7
No crocodiles or rhinoceroses-es
E7         `E7       `A7
I only like hippopota-muses-es and
`Em       `A7            D
 Hippopota-muses like me too

ENDING:
          3  +  4
'Em7 'A7  D  A7 D

================================================================================

CHORDS:
    D  D#o7  A7  A   E7  D7  G  Em/B  Em7b5/Bb  Ao  Em  Em7
E|--2---2----0---0---0---2---3---0------0-----------0----0--|
B|--3---1----2---2---3---1---0---0------3-------1---0----0--|
G|--2---2----0---2---1---2---0---0------0-------2---0----0--|
D|--0---1----2---2---2---0---0---2------2-------1---2----0--|
A|-----------0---0---2-----------2------1-------0---2----2--|
E|-------------------0-------3----------------------0----0--|

RHYTHM:  (shuffle)
   1 e + 2 e + 3 e + 4 e +
   d   u d   u d   u d   u   down/up strum

TAB illustrates melodic lines which can be played
along with the strum.

VERSE:
   D                       A7                      E7        E7      A7
   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   (2)   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   (2)   1   3     1   2   3 + 4 +
E|---2---2---2---2-|-----|---0---0---0---0-|-----|-0---0---|-0---0---0-------|
B|---3---3---3---3-| O / |---2---2---2---2-| O / |-3---3---|-3---3---2-------|
G|---2---2---2---2-|  /  |---0---0---0---0-|  /  |-1---1---|-1---1---2-0-----|
D|-0---------------| / O |-2-------2-------| / O |-2---2---|-2---2---2---4-2-|
A|-----4---2---0---|-----|-----0-------0---|-----|-2---2---|-2---2---0-------|
E|-------- ^ ------|-----|-----------------|-----|-0---0---|-0---0-----------|
           *
* index-finger barres 3rd and 5th-string

INTRO:
   D           D#o7  A7/E                  D                   D   A   D
   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 e + 3 + 4 e +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 e +   1   2   3
E|-------------2---|-3-------------------|---2---2---2-------|-2---0---2-------|
B|-3-3---------1---|-2-------------------|---3---3---3-------|-3---2---3-------|
G|-----2-2-4-4-2---|-2-2-0-2-0-----------|---2---2---2-------|-2---2---2-------|
D|-0-------0---1---|-2---------4-4-2-4-2-|-0-----------------|-0---2---0-------|
A|-----0-----------|---------------------|-----4---2---0-2-4-|-----0-----------|
E|-----------------|---------------------|-------------------|-----------------|

BAR-2 of CHORUS
and instrumental:       ENDING:
   D                       Em7   A7    D  A7 D
   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +         1 e + 2 e + 3   + 4
E|---2---2---2---2-|    E|-----------------0-2-----|
B|---3---3---3---3-|    B|-----------2-3---2-3-----|
G|---2---2---2---2-|    G|-------2-4-------0-2-----|
D|-0-------0-------|    D|-2-4-5-----------2-0-----|
A|-----0-------0---|    A|-----------------0-------|
E|-----------------|    E|-------------------------|

================================================================================

Following TAB is less detailed
Hold chord shapes wherever possible

CHORUS:
   E7                E7      A7        Em      A7        D       Em7 A7
   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1       3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +
E|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
B|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
G|-----------------|---------2-0-----|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-2-------2-----0-|-2-----------4-3-|-2---2-----------|-0---------------|
A|-----2-----2-4---|-----------------|---------0---0---|-------------0---|
E|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----2---0-------|

BRIDGE:
   D7                G                 D7                G      Em/B Em7b5/Bb
   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +
E|-2---------------|-3---------------|-2---------------|-3-------0---0---|
B|-1---------------|-0---------------|-1---------------|-0-------0---3---|
G|-2---2-----------|-0---------------|-2---------------|-0-------0---0---|
D|-0-------4---0---|-----4---2---0---|-----0-------0---|-----0---2---2---|
A|-----------------|-----------------|-0-------0-------|---------2---1---|
E|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|

   A7                D                 E7                A   Ao  A
   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +
E|-0---------------|-2---------------|-0---------------|-0---------------|
B|-2---------------|-3---------------|-3---------------|-2---1---2-------|
G|-0---------------|-2---------------|-1---------------|-2---2---2-------|
D|-2---2-----------|-0-------0-------|-2-------2---2---|-2---1---2-------|
A|-0-------4---0---|-----0-------0---|-----2-----------|-0---------0-2-4-|
E|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|


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December 2006
 
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