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'50s throwback musical kitsch at its finest, "Sleigh Ride In Bora Bora" is the best novelty holiday song since your grandma got run over by that reindeer! Recommended if you like the holiday classics "Mele Kalikimaka," "Christmas Island," and "Snow" (from White Christmas).


We’re not putting up
With Old Man Winter
Don’t bother hanging up
That mistletoe

Pack it in the trunk
With all our presents and a sleigh
Forget that old snow shovel
‘Cause we’re leavin’ here today

Had enough of
Roasting all these chestnuts
Don’t want Jack Frost
Nipping at our toes

Père Noël won’t tease ya
Down in Old French Polynesia
It’s a sleigh ride
In Bora Bora

We’ll be drinking “Bloody Mary”s
In the sunshine on the beach
Eating poi and hoping
We’re not outside Santa’s reach

Swimming with the fishes
In the ocean blue and green
Far from shopping malls and traffic jams
And credit card machines

We’ll still find a way
To have our Christmas
Stringing leis on palm trees
By the sea

Tie this rope around the sleigh
Help me hitch it to the boat
We don’t need no reindeer
And we sure don’t need no snow

We’ll turn this Bali Hai into
A Bali Ho-Ho-Ho
It’s a sleigh ride
In Bora Bora

Hate to leave the
Gorgeous South Pacific
Can’t imagine all
The cold back home

Winter in the tropics
So sublime and so serene
Let’s start planning now
For Easter Island come next spring

One more holiday
In romantic paradise
Dancing to the drums
Beneath the stars

You’ll always be my sweetie
While we’re sailing ‘round Tahiti
On our sleigh ride
In Bora Bora

It’s a sleigh ride
In Bora Bora
It’s a sleigh …
Ride in Bo-ra Bora!


from Sleigh Ride In Bora Bora [single], track released December 1, 2009
Words and music by Melissa Axel and James E. Jacoby

MELISSA AXEL lead vocals
JAMES E. JACOBY tuba, vocals, train whistle
KAILIN YONG keys, violin, vocals
SCOTT ALLER drums, percussion
AARON KEIM Weissenborn (Hawaiian slide guitar)

Produced by The Hook Factory
Mixed by Justin Peacock
Additional thanks to Dave Hedin
Cover art by Stacy Allen Hummel, Friends of 42

© Melissa Axel & James E. Jacoby (ASCAP)
Ⓟ Melissa Axel & James E. Jacoby

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