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Santa Buddy (Santa Baby) Southeast Louisiana Version

Eartha Kitt originally did “Santa Baby” decades ago and it was a sultry and sexy version. Madonna also did this, a faster version with a voice like Betty Boop. Then recently Michael Buble put it on his excellent Christmas album, but, of course, being a guy, you gotta change the lyrics. His is a nice slow version similar to Eartha Kitt’s without her steamy sexiness, and it works.

So I was getting ready a couple days ago to do my annual Christmas show at the famous Neutral Ground Coffee House in New Orleans and I wanted to do this song. Well, Michael, being Canadian, had some words in his version that would only apply to someone of that country. So I changed them, then I got the idea that heck why not change some more lyrics that would fit southeast Louisiana. I did. And the song was a hit when I performed it Thursday night.

So here ya go.

Santa Buddy (southeast Louisiana version)
additional lyrics by Richard Bienvenu

Santa buddy, slip a pirogue under the tree, for me.
I’ve been an awful good guy,
Santa buddy, and hurry down the chimney tonight.

Santa buddy, some crawfish traps and outboard Evinrude, steel blue.
I’ll wait up for you dude,
Santa buddy, and hurry down the chimney tonight.

Think of all the fun that have missed,
I think of all the dawlins’ that I never kissed,
Next year I could be just as good,
If you’d check off my Christmas list,

Santa pally, I wanna yacht and really that’s not a lot,
I’ve been a really good dude all year,
Santa buddy, so hurry down the chimney tonight.

Santa buddy, one thing that I really do need, the deed,
To dat nice big chunka land down da bayou,
Santa pally, so hurry down the chimney tonight.

Santa buddy, fill my stocking with N’Awlins Saints tix, for kicks.
Throw me down dere on the first line,
Santa buddy, so hurry down the chimney tonight.

Come and trim my Christmas tree,
With some nice decorations bought at Adlers you see,
I really do believe in you,
Now let’s see if you believe in me

Santa poppy, forgot to mention one little thing, cha-ching,
No, I don’t mean as a loan.
Santa buddy, so hurry down the chimney tonight,
Hurry down the chimney tonight,
Oh, hurry down the chimney tonight.

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