Sunday, December 24, 2006

Jingle Bells - Oz style

The carol singers had gathered. The guitarist strummed the opening notes of the familiar 'Jingle Bells'. I opened my mouth to sing along and suddenly found myself alone in the crowd. The tune hadn't changed, but the words jingled in another direction. Here's the Aussie-styled carol, with translations of the slang at the bottom.


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 summer time and I am in
My singlet, shorts & thongs


CHORUS:
OH, JINGLE BELLS, JINGLE BELLS
JINGLE ALL THE WAY
CHRISTMAS IN AUSTRALIA
ON A SCORCHING SUMMER'S DAY
JINGLE BELLS, JINGLE BELLS
CHRISTMAS TIME IS BEAUT
OH WHAT FUN IT IS TO RIDE
IN A RUSTY HOLDEN UTE

Engine's getting hot
Dodge the kangaroos
Swaggy climbs aboard
He is welcome too
All the family's there
Sitting by the pool
Christmas day, the Aussie way
By the barbecue!

CHORUS

Come the afternoon
Grandpa has a doze
The kids and uncle Bruce
Are swimming in their clothes
The time comes round to go
We take a family snap
Then pack the car and all shoot through
Before the washing up

CHORUS



In the words of one of the new Australian mates: MERRY CHRISSY to all of you.


Slang translated:
Ute : utility vehicle, pickup truck
Esky : large insulated food/drink container for picnics, barbecues etc.
Kelpie : Australian sheepdog originally bred from Scottish collie
Thongs : (NOT the G-strings you're thinking of!) cheap rubber backless sandals
Swaggie : swagman, tramp, hobo

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

:)))) My cultural canvass has expanded !! Merry Chris to you [ why Chrissy ? ;) ] ! -- Zoya

Two Penny said...

Lee, Merry Crissy to you too...

AmitL said...

Merry Chrissy to u2,Lee...I C u're having a great Aussie Vacation Downunder.:)

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year 2007 to you :) -- Zoya

KJ said...

Wishing you and your family a happy new year

:)

Adi said...

Hola Lee, happy new year

BTW, im back up on a new blog ;-)

http://lifesgoodyeahright.blogspot.com/

marline said...

god bless you in the nu year lee.
may it be he best ever.
god knows the surprises you need.
love you.
marline

Zoya said...

I have moved to http://zoyasmusings.blogspot.com Looking forward to see you there :)

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