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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 Bora 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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