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"The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)" is an original (all versions) song sung by The Chipmunks. The original version was released as a single in 1958 and 1968 while the 2007 version was released in 2007 as a single. The song is sung in The Alvin Show episode Overworked Alvin and has been sung in multiple episodes of the Alvin and the Chipmunks television series, including the A Chipmunk Christmas special. The song is also sung in the first CGI/live-action film, Alvin and the Chipmunks, is a part of most of The Chipmunks' albums, and is included in the Alvin and the Chipmunks and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked video games.

Original Lyrics (Without Dialogue)

Chipmunk song HQ

Christmas, Christmas time is near
Time for toys and time for cheer
We've been good, but we can't last
Hurry Christmas, hurry fast

Want a plane that loops the loop
Me I want a hula hoop
We can't hardly stand the wait
Please Christmas don't be late

Want a plane that loops the loop
I still want a hula hoop
We can hardly stand the wait
Please Christmas don't be late

We can hardly stand the wait
Please Christmas don't be late

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Lyrics by Version

Dave:
Alright you Chipmunks, ready to sing your song?

Simon:
I'd say we are.

Theodore:
Yeah, let's sing it now.

Dave:
Okay Simon?

Simon:
Okay.

Dave:
Okay Theodore?

Theodore:
Okay.

Dave:
Okay Alvin? Alvin? ALVIN!

Alvin:
Okay!

The Chipmunks:
Christmas, Christmas time is near
Time for toys and time for cheer
We've been good, but we can't last
Hurry Christmas, hurry fast

Want a plane that loops the loop

Alvin:
Me I want a hula hoop

The Chipmunks:
We can't hardly stand the wait
Please Christmas don't be late

Dave:
Okay fellas, get ready. That was very good Simon.

Simon:
Naturally.

Dave:
Very good Theodore.

Theodore:
Ahahaha.

Dave:
Ah Alvin, you were a little flat. Watch it.
Ah Alvin. Alvin? ALVIN!

Alvin:
Okay!

The Chipmunks:
Want a plane that loops the loop

Alvin:
I still want a hula hoop

The Chipmunks:
We can hardly stand the wait
Please Christmas don't be late

We can hardly stand the wait
Please Christmas don't be late

The Chipmunks:
Shopping is a pleasant choir
When you go to Harry's store
He's got toys that are the best
So much better than the rest

He's got planes that loop the loop

Alvin:
He sold me my hula hoop

The Chipmunks:
All the games and toys galore
You'll find at Harry's store

Dave:
Alright fellas, ready to sing your song?

Simon & Theodore:
I'd say we are.

Dave:
Ready Alvin? Alvin? ALVIN!

The Chipmunks:
Christmas, Christmas time is near
Time for joy and time for cheer

Dave:
Hold it Alvin, you're a little flat.
Let's try it again.

Alvin:
We've been good, but we

Dave:
Hold it Alvin

Alvin:
Can't last

I can't concentrate Dave.
Let's take a break.

Dave:
Take a break!

Alvin:
Thanks Dave!

Santa Claus:
Alvin rushed out of the studio and over to the home of Tommy Waterford.
Tommy was lying in bed looking very, very pale.
Why he hardly had the strength to smile when Alvin entered the room.
Being a new boy in school, Tommy didn't have any friends and that certainly didn't make him any healthier.
So when Alvin asked him to be his friend, well I was certain that Tommy looked healthier right then and there for you see friendship is a wonderful medicine.
Before Alvin left for the recording studio, he gave Tommy a very special Christmas present, his very own golden Echo Harmonica.

Alvin:
I never cease to amaze myself, a heart of gold.

Santa Claus:
Ah, yes.
Well anyway, a few minutes later Alvin burst in the recording studio with renewed energy.

Alvin:
Hello everybody!

Simon & Theodore:
Hi Alvin!

Dave:
Alright you Chipmunks, ready to sing your song?

Simon & Theodore:
I'd say we are.

Dave:
Ready Alvin?

Alvin:
Ready when you are Dave.

The Chipmunks:
Christmas, Christmas time is near
Time for joy and time for cheer
We've been good, but we can't last
Hurry Christmas, hurry fast

Want a plane that loops the loop

Alvin:
Me I want a hula hoop

The Chipmunks:
We can hardly stand the wait
Please Christmas don't be late

Alvin:
Dave, I've been asking for the hula hoop for years.
I would like to ask for something new, like roller skates or a new stereo.
But I just got to get that hula hoop first.
Please Dave.
I feel I've been very patient.

Dave:
Alvin, just finish the song.
We'll talk about it later.

The Chipmunks:
Want a plane that loops the loop

Alvin:
I still want a hula hoop

The Chipmunks:
We can hardly stand the wait
Please Christmas don't be late

We can hardly stand the wait
Please Christmas don't be late

Dave:
Very good boys!
Oh Alvin, this came for you while you were singing.

Alvin:
A hula hoop!
Gee, thanks Dave.
Now I would like some roller skates, a stereo, a swimming pool, and, yes, a computer tennis game.
And my very own bedroom.

Theodore:
Wake up Santa.

Santa Claus:
Yes. Oh, now where was I?
Oh, I remember.
So Rudolph flew out the window.

Alvin:
That's the wrong story Santa.
I had just unselfishly given my beloved harmonica away.

Santa Claus:
Given your hama-
Oh yes, yes, that's right; now I remember.
The next day while the boys were decorating the Christmas tree, Dave entered the room.

Dave:
You know boys with Christmas get around the corner, why don't we take a few minutes to think about what this holiday really means.

The Chipmunks:
Presents!

Dave:
Well Christmas isn't just presents.

The Chipmunks:
It's not?

Dave:
Nope and as a matter of fact I just finished writing a song about the meaning of Christmas that I want ya to sing.
Here are the words, and Alvin, please sing them correctly.

Alvin:
You got it Dave.

Simon:
Oh Theodore. Do you hear that poor animal?

Theodore:
That's no animal. That's Alvin learning how to play the saxophone.

Simon:
Does he know which end to blow in?

Alvin:
Everyone tells me to forget the harmonica. The sax is the instrument of the 90s.
And it's all because of Kenny G. I could kill him!.

Kenny G:
Hey Alvin.

Alvin:
Kenny! Hahaha, what a present surprise. Ah, listen.
Can you teach me how to play this thing?

Kenny G:
Well, ah I'd love to Alvin, but ah, I'm really busy.

Alvin:
Hahahaho, well let me tell you something Mr. multi-platinum, Grammy big-shot.
You'd better be offly nice to the little people you meet on the way up
 'cause you meet the same ones on the way down.

Kenny G:
Simon, is he always this obnoxious?

Simon:
Always.

Kenny G:
Alright, look. You put your fingers here.

Alvin:
Great, thanks Kenny. Now do I suck or blow?

Simon:
You definitely suck.

Alvin:
Okay. Here goes. How about them apples?

Kenny G:
Well, that's not a, a terrible start.
But do you mind if I show you how it's suppose to sound?

Simon & Theodore:
Show him, please!

Alvin:
Simon, I think he's a little threatened by my natural ability.

Simon:
Oh yeah. That must be it.

The Chipmunks:
Christmas, Christmas time is near
Time for toys and time for cheer
We've been good, but we can't last
Hurry Christmas, hurry fast

Want a plane that loops the loop

Alvin:
Me I want a hula hoop

The Chipmunks:
We can't hardly stand the wait
Please Christmas don't be late

Want a plane that loops the loop
He still wants his hula hoop
We can hardly stand the wait
Please Christmas don't be late

We can hardly stand the wait
Please Christmas don't be late

Theodore:
Ah, that was beautiful!

Simon:
Awesome!

Kenny G:
Thanks guys. What do you think Alvin?

Alvin:
Ahahaha, thank you soo much for coming.

Kenny G:
Sure, it was a lot of fun. I had a great time.

Alvin:
Ahaha, you can go now.

Kenny G:
Don't you want me to stay and show you a few more notes, ah-

Alvin:
You can GO now.

Kenny G:
Okay, so long fellas.

Simon & Theodore:
Bye!

Alvin:
Okay boys, now let's play this baby the way it was meant to be played.

Simon & Theodore:
Mr. G, wait for us!

The Chipmunks:
Christmas, Christmas time is near
Time for toys and time for cheer
We've been good, but we can't last
Hurry Christmas, hurry fast

Want a plane that loops the loop

Alvin:
Me I want a hula hoop

The Chipmunks:
We can't hardly stand the wait
Please Christmas don't be late

Want a plane that loops the loop
He still wants his hula hoop
We can hardly stand the wait
Please Christmas don't be late

We can hardly stand the wait
Please Christmas don't be late

The Chipmunks:
Christmas, Christmas time is near
Time for toys and time for cheer

Canned Heat:
Wait a minute, wait a minute! What are you mice doing in here?

Alvin:
Mice!?

Canned Heat:
This is OUR session. We came in here to make a Christmas boogy.

Alvin:
Who do you think you're talking to?

Canned Heat:
This is 1968 brother, not 1958. Now you mice got to get it together.
Now if you want to hang around here you gotta be quiet.

Alvin:
Mice!? Who are you calling mice!? We're Chipmunks!

Canned Heat:
Alright, alright. Chipmunks, cool it now and listen.

Canned Heat:
Oh, well Christmas is the time when you're suppose to have lots of cheer
I said Christmas is the time when you're suppose to have lots of cheer
I have news for the world with all this talks and fear

I have here one thing that the Heat would like to give to you
I said here is one thing that the Heat would like to give to you
A little Christmas boogy will chase anyway your blues, chase them away brothers

Alvin:
Christmas, Christmas time is near
Oh what a time for toys and time for cheer
We've been good, but we can't

Canned Heat:
Hey Alvin, where are you at?

Theodore:
Come on Alvin, stay out of it.

Simon:
Yeah Alvin, be quiet!

Alvin:
They really turn me on, I believe is the expression.

Canned Heat (Alvin):
Listen Alvin, get with it. Try some of this.

Oh well is Christmas time the best hope you ever have? (go bear)
I said is Christmas time the best hope you ever have? (hahahaha)
With a little Chris boogy it won't be so bad (oh yes brother bear)

I do the Christmas boogy (ha)
I do the Christmas boogy (ah yeah)
Take it brother, do the Christmas boogy (haha, hahaha)

Come on Alvin. (haha) That it, that's it.
You got it, you got it.

Alvin:
I've got this.

Canned Heat:
Merry Christmas Alvin.

Alvin:
Merry Christmas bear. Hahaha

Canned Heat:
Ah, gonna boogy Alvin (I'm dancin') 'til the break of day (I'm dancin', haha, haha)
Gonna boogy all the way to New Year's Eve brother

Alvin:
I'm dancin' the boogy now.

Canned Heat:
That's it, that's it (hehehehe). You've got, you've got it.

Alvin:
Merry Christmas bear.

Canned Heat:
Shake it Alvin.

Alvin:
I'm shaking it!

Canned Heat:
Shake it brother.

Alvin:
Go bear, go!

Jaci Velasquez:
Hey guys.

Alvin:
Oh my gosh, she's beautiful! Theodore, you took Spanish. How do you say
 "Your face shines brighter than the sun."

Theodore:
Ah, um, well.

Jaci Velasquez:
Ready guys?

The Chipmunks & Jaci Velasquez:
Christmas, Christmas time is near
Time for toys and time for cheer
We've been good, but we can't last
Hurry Christmas, hurry fast

Want a plane that loops the loop

Alvin:
Me I want a date with you

The Chipmunks & Jaci Velasquez:
We can't hardly stand the wait
Please Christmas don't be late

Theodore:
Alvin! (whispers)

Alvin:
Oh Jaci! Tu cara luce como calabasa quemada.

Jaci Velasquez:
My face looks like a sun burnt pumpkin?

Alvin:
No, no! Theodore!

Theodore:
Oh, ah sorry. Ah, try. (whispers)

Alvin:
Ah Jaci, darling. Tu cara es suave como chiquele de masca.

Jaci Velasquez:
Oh, my face is soft like bubblegum. Great.

Simon:
Ah, Alvin. Theodore failed Spanish.

Alvin:
What!?

Jaci Velasquez:
Ha, guys can we just sing the song?

The Chipmunks & Jaci Velasquez:
Want a plane that loops the loop

Alvin:
I still want a date with you

The Chipmunks & Jaci Velasquez:
We can hardly stand the wait
Please Christmas don't be late

We can hardly stand the wait
Please Christmas don't be late

Alvin:
Jaci, what I meant was...

Jaci Velasquez:
Alvin, I'm not interested in any more of your ah, compliments. Okay.

Alvin:
Jaci please. Your face is hotter than the sun.

Jaci Velasquez:
Alvin.

Alvin:
No, no. I mean your face is blistering me with love.

Jaci Velasquez:
Alvin!

Alvin:
Jaci please! My words are jumbling tongue I, please I, just bear with me.

Jaci Velasquez:
ALVIN!!

Alvin:
Ah, I love it when she calls my name.

Dave:
Alright you Chipmunks, ready to sing your song?

Simon:
I'd say we are.

Theodore:
Yeah, let's sing it now.

Dave:
Okay Simon?

Simon:
Okay.

Dave:
Okay Theodore?

Theodore:
Okay.

Dave:
Okay Alvin? Alvin? ALVIN!

Alvin:
Okay!

The Chipmunks:
Christmas, Christmas time is near
Time for toys and time for cheer
We've been good, but we can't last
Hurry Christmas, hurry fast

Want a plane that loops the loop

Alvin:
Me I want a hula hoop

The Chipmunks:
We can't hardly stand the wait
Please Christmas don't be late

Dave:
Okay fellas, get ready. That was very good Simon.

Simon:
Naturally.

Dave:
Very good Theodore.

Theodore:
Ahahaha.

Dave:
Ah Alvin, you were a little flat. Watch it.
Ah Alvin. Alvin? ALVIN!

Alvin:
Okay!

The Chipmunks:
Want a plane that loops the loop

Alvin:
I still want a hula hoop

The Chipmunks:
We can hardly stand the wait
Please Christmas don't be late

Dave:
Very good boys.

Alvin:
Let's sing it again.

Simon:
Yeah, let's sing it again.

Dave:
Nah, that's enough. Let's not overdo it.

Alvin:
What do you mean overdo it? We want to sing it again.

Dave:
No, wait a minute boys.

Alvin:
Why can't we sing it again?

Theodore:
Oh boy! Hahaha.

Dave:
Cut that out.

Alvin:
Come on Dave.

Simon:
Dave.

Alvin:
We want to sing it again.

Simon:
Please, please.

Alvin:
Yeah.

Dave:
Simon, will you cut that out?

Theodore:
Hahaha.

Simon:
Let's sing it again Dave.

Dave:
Boys!

The Chipmunks:
We can hardly stand the wait
Please Christmas don't be late

Dave:
Alright you Chipmunks, ready to sing the new version of your song?

Alvin:
You know we are!

Simon:
Yeah, let's sing it now.

Dave:
Alright Simon?

Simon:
Alright.

Dave:
Alright Theodore?

Theodore:
Alright.

Dave:
Alright Alvin? Alvin? ALVIN!

Alvin:
Oh yeah!

The Chipmunks:
Christmas, Christmas time is near
Time for toys and time for cheer
We've been good, but we can't last
Hurry Christmas, hurry fast

Want a plane that loops the loop
Me I want a hula hoop
We can't hardly stand the wait
Please Christmas don't be late, hey

Dave:
Guys that was excellent. Simon, great work.

Simon:
Naturally.

Dave:
Theodore, good job.

Theodore:
Hahaha.

Dave:
Alvin, you were a little flat. Watch it.
Alvin? ALVIN!

Alvin:
Two, three, four!

The Chipmunks:
Christmas, Christmas time is near
Time for toys and time for cheer
We've been good, but we can't last
Hurry Christmas, hurry fast

Want a plane that loops the loop
I still want a hula hoop
We can hardly stand the wait
Please Christmas don't be late

We can hardly stand the wait
Please Christmas don't be late
Don't be late, don't be late
Don't be late, don't be late

Alvin:
Christmas don't be late!

Albums

The song is included on the following albums:

Trivia

  • Ross Bagdasarian, Sr. finished writing the song on November 7th, 1958.[1]
  • Three versions of the song were created before the Bagdasarian family decided on only one to be released: an instrumental, one called "In a Village Park," and "The Chipmunk Song."[2]
  • This is the first song to officially be credited to The Chipmunks and is their musical debut.
  • More than 2.5 million copies were sold in three weeks, the fastest selling record in 1958.[2]
  • The song charted #1 on the Hot 100 and maintained its position for four weeks.[3]
  • The song was nominated for four Grammy awards in 1959, winning three.[4]
  • On the episode Merry Christmas, Mr. Carroll, "The Chipmunk Song" was shown to be made by the presents they gave Dave (pencil, eraser, and a piece of paper).
  • In the special A Chipmunk Christmas, "Time for toys" is replaced with "Time for joy."
  • In Ice Age 3 Dawn of the Dinosaurs, the possums Crash and Eddie sing the first line of the song when they find out that their voices are high pitched.

References

  1. Alvin and the Chipmunks, Web.archive.org, Retrieved 2015-10-26.
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Billboard Book of Number 1 Hits, Books.google.com, Retrieved 2015-10-26.
  3. Billboard Hot 100, Books.google.com, Retrieved 2015-10-26.
  4. May 1959 Grammy Awards, Awardsandshows.com, Retrieved 2014-08-11.

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