Christmas Don’t Be Late – The Chipmunks

Christmas Don't Be Late The Chipmunks

The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late) is a Christmas song written by Ross Bagdasarian, Sr. (a.k.a. David Seville) in 1958. Although it was written and sung by Bagdasarian (in the form of a high-pitched chipmunk voice), the singing credits are given to The Chipmunks, a fictional singing group consisting of three chipmunks by the names of Alvin, Simon, and Theodore.

The song was very successful, reaching number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Pop Singles chart, becoming The Chipmunks’ first (and only), as well as David Seville’s second and final, number 1 single. It has the distinction of being the only Christmas record to reach number 1 on the same chart.

The single sold 4.5 million copies, according to Ross Bagdasarian, Jr. Ironically, before the song’s success, The Chipmunk Song was featured on American Bandstand’s “Rate-A-Record” segment and received the lowest possible rating of 35 across the board. The song won three Grammy Awards in 1958: Best comedy performance, Best children’s recording, and Best engineered record (non-classical).

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Song Lyrics

Dave: All right you Chipmunks! Ready to sing your song?
(I’ll say we are!)
(Let’s sing it now)
Dave: Okay, Simon?
Dave: Okay, Theodore?
Dave: Okay, Alvin? Alvin? ALVIN!

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 hardly stand the wait
Please Christmas, don’t be late.
Dave: Okay fellas get ready.
That was very good, Simon.
Dave: Very good Theodore.
Dave: Ah, Alvin, you were a little flat, watch it.
Dave: Ah, Alvin. Alvin. ALVIN!

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.

Dave: Very good, boys
(Lets sing it again! Yeah, lets sing it again!)
Dave: No, That’s enough, lets not overdo it
(What do you mean overdo it?
We want to sing it again!)
Dave: Now wait a minute, boys
(Why can’t we sing it again?)
Dave: Alvin, cut that out.
Theodore, just a minute.
Simon will you cut that out?

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Angie October 11, 2010 at 8:58 am

The chipmunks were the first tape I ever owned. It came with my first stereo. Both were a christmas gift from my parents……It still makes me smile. It also makes christmas feel like it did when you were a child. My little girl recently discovered an old chipmunk tape in her grandmother’s house. I know for sure, she will be getting this song as an addition to her christmas music this year.

WanderWoman November 12, 2010 at 6:30 pm

The chipmunks are cute and all, but their music makes me want to gouge my eyes out. Their voices are too nasal-y. “Me, I want a HUUUUULA-HOOOP” – Ahhhh! When I have kids I’ll probably appreciate these little singing, pajamaed critters, but not now.

Brett B December 6, 2011 at 7:14 pm

I used to listen to this with my Mom during christmas time. I have to own this

rian December 9, 2011 at 5:17 am


Shealeigh December 9, 2011 at 5:19 pm

i love alvin & the chipmunks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Shealeigh December 9, 2011 at 5:22 pm

oh and i forgot,their so chuby and cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous December 12, 2011 at 2:18 pm

what was that

Anonymous December 13, 2011 at 6:02 am

ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh…………………… my favorite singers ilove alvin and the chipmunks

jessie sotelo December 13, 2011 at 6:11 am

alvin the chipmunk go go go go…

kate joy lumayag December 13, 2011 at 6:40 pm

christmas time is truly near…. “pls christmas dont be laaaate” they’re so cuuuuuute!!!

cheyenne and skyler December 18, 2011 at 2:36 pm

I truly love the chipmuks!!!!!!!!!!!! I watch them all the time

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