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Six White Boomers
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An explanation of some of the Australian words in the song 'Six White Boomers':-

Father Christmas driving his white kangaroos.
  • Boomers - large kangaroos
  • booming - The sound the large kangaroo make as they hit the ground with each jump
  • Joey - A baby kangaroo
  • Marble Bar - A town in central Australia
Now we are ready to start singing 'Six White Boomers'
Firstly the introductory narrative.

Early on one Christmas Day a Joey kangaroo,

Was far from home and lost in a great big zoo.

'Mummy, where's my mummy? They've taken her away.'

We'll help you find your mummy, son. Hop up on the sleigh.'

 

The song commences here.

Up beside the bag of toys little Joey hopped,

But they hadn't gone far when Santa stopped.

Unharnessed all the reindeer and Joey wondered why,

Then he heard a far off booming in the sky.

 

Six white boomers, snow white boomers,

Racing Santa Claus through the blazing sun.

Six white boomers, snow white boomers,

On his Australian run.

 

Pretty soon old Santa began to feel the heat,

Took his fur lined boots off to cool his feet,

Into one popped Joey, feeling quite okay,

While those old man Kangaroos kept pulling on the sleigh.

 

Six white boomers, snow white boomers,

Racing Santa Claus through the blazing sun.

Six white boomers, snow white boomers,

On his Australian run.

 

Joey said to Santa, 'Santa, what about the toys?

Aren't you giving some to these girls and boys?'

'They've got all their presents, son, we were here last night,

this trip is an extra trip, Joey's special flight.'

 

Six white boomers, snow white boomers,

Racing Santa Claus through the blazing sun.

Six white boomers, snow white boomers,

On his Australian run.

 

Soon the sleigh was flashing past right over Marble Bar,

'Slow down there,' cried Santa, 'it can't be far,

Come up on my lap here, son, and have a look around.'

'There she is, that's Mummy, bounding up and down.'

 

Six white boomers, snow white boomers,

Racing Santa Claus through the blazing sun.

Six white boomers, snow white boomers,

On his Australian run.

 

Well that's the bestest Christmas treat that Joey ever had,

Curled up in mother's pouch feeling snug and glad.

The last they saw was Santa heading northwards from the sun,

The only year the boomers worked a double run.

 

Six white boomers, snow white boomers,

Racing Santa Claus through the blazing sun.

Six white boomers, snow white boomers,

On his Australian run.

This song was written in Perth, Western Australia, in 1960. Rolf Harris was working at a television station with an American named John D. Brown and, thinking it was crazy to be singing Christmas songs about snow and ice when the temperature was around 100 degrees Fahrenheit (40C), they wrote this song.
(Harrison - Brown) Ardmore & Beechwood Ltd / EMI (P) 1965.
Arranged by Johnnie Spence - Produced by George Martin.
Click here to play a midi file containing the music for Six White Boomers. You can play the midi file in your favourite audio player. It is just one piano line playing the melody, but it is a start and enough to give you the melody when looking at the lyrics.
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