Check out this website http://www.mamalisa.com/?p=20&t=ec&c=19 for lots more Aussie Christmas songs including Six White Boomers . Boomers, by the way, are kangaroos –but I have never actually heard them called that other than this song)
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 BELLSJINGLE 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 aboardHe is welcome too
All the family is there
Sitting by the pool Christmas day,
the Aussie way by the barbecue!
Come the afternoonGrandpa 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
The Translation into real English, American and New Zealandish, as far as I am able.
Bush – forest, woods
Ute – Utility, two door vehicle with a trayback
Esky - cooler, icebox, chilly bin
Boot – car trunk, the storage bit at the back of the car.
Kelpie – breed of farm dog, like the one in footrot flats (I’m humming Dave Dobbyn’s Slice of Heaven as I type)
singlet – sleeveless undershirtthongs –
flip-flops, jandals, I don’t know what you call them in the US – but they are footwear,
not uncomfortable undies
Swaggie – a swagman – a legendary Australian figure who wanders the bush carrying a bed-roll(swag)
Shoot through – leave
I think I’ll shoot through myself.
Hoo roo (that means good bye).
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