Christmas Cheer – Dominick the Italian Christmas Donkey!

Every year there’s always a fierce battle for the number one Christmas song. This year, in the UK at least, it seems that Little Mix, the X-Factor winners, may take the Christmas No 1 crown. However, there’s competition from Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit and a strange song called Dominick the Italian Christmas Donkey.

You have to listen to this funny song because it goes against the all too serious nature of pop music. Try not to pay much attention to the video, it’s pretty pants, but the song…oh the song is so cool!

I’m a big fan of silly happy songs reaching No 1 in the charts at Christmas!

Too often the music industry is hell-bent on pushing a certain artist to the top of the charts to amass mega money. I don’t give two shits if the song has a Christmassy theme, or has a good video, it’s there to make serious amounts of cash and has nothing to do with the spirit of Christmas.

Whereas Dominick the Italian Christmas Donkey oozes happy Christmasness in every note!

I love Christmas, the presents, family and friends, good times, turkey, snoozing elderly folk in front of the TV and everything in between. But I also love a good theme tune that when heard years later I can say: “Oh yeah, I remember that year, it was when [insert funny anecdote here] and Dominick the Italian Donkey was No 1!”

Sure Christmas can be about whatever you want, a time to rejoice in your faith, spend time with loved ones, reflect on those who have passed on and give thanks to what we have and consider those less fortunate than ourselves. But it can also be a time for fun and frivolity, and in that respect why not raise a glass to little Dominick and how he helped Santa climb those hills of Italeee!

Some interesting facts about the song taken from YouTube:

  • It was written by Ray Allen and Lou Monte and first sung by Lou Monte in 1960. For decades the song was only occasionally heard. It was perceived to be too novel for the softer music stations and too old or corny for CHR/Top 40 stations.
  • But beginning in the early 1990’s, more contemporary artists began to record Christmas music. As a result, younger skewing radio stations began to feature more Christmas music on their stations, even going wall to wall on Christmas Eve and Christmas day.
  • While there were more Top 40 core artists doing Christmas music by 1992, the stations still needed to play older artists to supplement the newer Christmas music. A few stations found this song and began mixing it into their Christmas rotations.
  • The song got very positive feedback and as a result, this song began to gain airplay in many formats. Many people assume it was a recent recording and do not realize this song has been around for over 40 years.

I love this song! It makes me smile every time I hear it!

Here are the lyrics! Sing em loud with a grin on your face!

Lyrics to Dominick The Donkey:

Hey! Chingedy ching,
(hee-haw, hee-haw)
It’s Dominick the donkey.
Chingedy ching,
(hee-haw, hee-haw)
The Italian Christmas donkey.
(la la la-la la-la la la la la)
(la la la-la la-la la-ee-oh-da)

Santa’s got a little friend,
His name is Dominick.
The cutest little donkey,
You never see him kick.
When Santa visits his paisons,
With Dominick he’ll be.
Because the reindeer cannot,
Climb the hills of Italy.

Hey! Chingedy ching,
(hee-haw, hee-haw)
It’s Dominick the donkey.
Chingedy ching,
(hee-haw, hee-haw)
The Italian Christmas donkey.
(la la la-la la-la la la la la)
(la la la-la la-la la-ee-oh-da)

Jingle bells around his feet,
And presents on the sled.
Hey! Look at the mayor’s derby,
On top of Dominick’s head.
A pair of shoes for Louie,
And a dress for Josephine.
The labels on the inside says,
They’re made in Brooklyn.

Hey! Chingedy ching,
(hee-haw, hee-haw)
It’s Dominick the donkey.
Chingedy ching,
(hee-haw, hee-haw)
The Italian Christmas donkey.
(la la la-la la-la la la la la)
(la la la-la la-la la-ee-oh-da)

Children sing, and clap their hands,
And Dominick starts to dance.
They talk Italian to him,
And he even understands.

Cumpare sing,
Cumpare su,
And dance ‘sta tarantel.
When jusamagora comes to town,
And brings du ciuccianello.

Hey! Chingedy ching,
(hee-haw, hee-haw)
It’s Dominick the donkey.
Chingedy ching,
(hee-haw, hee-haw)
The Italian Christmas donkey.
(la la la-la la-la la la la la)
(la la la-la la-la la-ee-oh-da)

Hey! Dominick! Buon Natale!
(hee-haw, hee-haw)
(hee-haw, hee-haw)
(hee-haw, hee-haw)
(hee-haw, hee-haw)
(hee-haw, hee-haw)
(hee-haw, hee-haw)

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7 thoughts on “Christmas Cheer – Dominick the Italian Christmas Donkey!

  1. What a fun song! I should look for more Christmas songs. It’s rather amazing how much music can add to the feel of any season or event.

    P.S. I see among your gadgets that you have the e-mail subscription twice. Maybe you want to remove one…? Just saying 😉

  2. Every year the broadway show casts do a fundraiser holiday album for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids called Carols For A Cure. Each show does a different song. A few years ago, the show I work on did Dominic for this album and it was the first that most of us had ever heard of it. I heard different versions of it a lot this season. Happy New Year!

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