Aussie Jingle Bells Translated

by Colin Buchanan and Greg Champion.

Verse 1
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 and thongs
A ute (short for Utnility) is a vehicle - half car, half truck, popular with young Aussies and farmers.
"Esky" is a cooler bin - used for keeping food cool on picnics
singlet - sleevless tshirt - originally workers clothing.
thongs - not undewear but what Americans call flip-flops - a type of footwear - a sole with a strap that comes up between the toes.
Oh, Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way
Christmas in Australia on a scrorching summer's day
Jingle bells, jingle bells, Christmas time is beaut
Oh what fun it is to ride in a rusty Holden ute
Verse 2
Engine's getting hot, dodge the kangaroos
Swaggie climbs aboard, he is welcome too
All the family is there, sitting by the pool
Christmas day the Aussie way, by the barbecule
a swaggie is an itinerant homeless opportunist - a hobo or tramp if you like
I love the rhyme of 'pool' wth 'barbecule'
Verse 3
Come the afternoon, grampa 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