The Chipmunk Song
David Seville Lyrics


All right you Chipmunks!
Ready to sing your song?
I'll say we are!
Yeah!
Let's sing it now!
Okay, Simon?
Okay!
Okay, Theodore?
Okay!
Okay, Alvin?
Alvin?
Alvin!
Okay!

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.

Okay fellas get ready.
That was very good, Simon.
Naturally.
Very good Theodore.
Ah
Ah, Alvin, you were a little flat, watch it.
Ah, Alvin.
Alvin.
Alvin!
Okay

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.

Very good, boys
Lets sing it again!
Yeah, lets sing it again!
No, that's enough, lets not overdo it
What do you mean overdo it?
We want to sing it again!
Now wait a minute, boys
Why can't we sing it again?

Alvin, cut that out
Theodore, just a minute.
Simon will you cut that out? Boys

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: Ross Bagdasarian

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Michael Martin

@Catholic Cowboy 1962 or 3, that would likely be the 4-track tape. Which looks identical to the later 8-track tape. And the 4-track as I said was based on the earlier 3-track, which was used professionally into the late 1990's. But reel to reel was rarely a thing in radio other than for transcribed programs. Those were once on records until the advent of tape in the 1950s.

But for all of them, "cartridge" and "cassette" was largely used interchangeably. And yes, I have worked in the broadcasting and pro audio industry, and knowing the dates and symbols on the media was critical. Even on records, as I have had to do conversion from old transcription discs and even 16 RPM records to MP3.

And to be completely technical here, today the 3, 4, and 8-track are correctly classified as "cartridges" as they use a single reel. The "RCA-Victor Tape Cartridge" is actually a cassette, as it uses two reels (as does the "Compact Cassette"). As I stated, in the early days those terms had not been standardized yet, so were often interchanged.

But yes, the RCA "Tape Cartridge" was indeed a "Cassette", and was released in 1958 (and was sold into the middle 1960's). Intended for home use, using a ¼" tape at 3.75 IPS. The exact same tape as a reel to reel, but that ran at 7.5 IPS.

And yes, on that you could record things at home, and they even included auto-reverse (which did not appear on the compact cassette for decades). And want a simple "Chipmunks effect"? Record something on a Tape Cartridge, remove it from the case and spool it to a reel to reel, instant playback of something recorded at 3.75IPS at 7.5 IPS.

As I said already, I do believe he used reel to reel tape. But I also know a lot about the equipment of the era, and tape cassettes did indeed exist and were not "rare". They were a common home standard until supplanted by the compact cassette in 1964 (the same year RCA discontinued it). Available as blanks, or pre-recorded.

As I said, just look for the video here "techmoan tape cartridge".



- Beeman

A few things:

1. 0:16 I wonder if that could be turned into a meme.
2. It's "The Chipmunk Song", not "The Christmas Song".
3. Are they chewing on Dave's head in the end? "Alvin cut that, Alvin, Wait, OW! OW! OW!"
4. Also I find it strange that Theodore's voice is lower than Simon's, since I always thought it was the highest. (His voice is definitely higher in the middle, when he laughs.)

Dave: Alright you chipmunks, ready to sing your song?
Chipmunks: I'd say we are
Yeah, let's sing it now
Dave: Okay, Simon?
Simon: OK
Dave: Okay, Theodore?
Theodore: OK
Dave: Wait. Isn't your voice supposed to be higher than Simon's?
Theodore: I don't know. You were the one who created our voices.
Dave: Hmm. You have a point. Okay, Alvin? Alvin? ALVIN!!
Alvin: OKAY!!



- Beeman

A new version featuring The Chipettes:

It would start out the same, except, instead of Dave saying "Okay, Alvin? Alvin. AAALVIIIN!!!", and Alvin shouting "O-KAY!!!", Dave would just say "Okay, Alvin?", and Alvin would just say something like "Okay."

Then 0:58 to 1:36 wouldn't be instrumental. Dave would complement all of them. But then the Chipettes would appear. Dave would ask who they were, and the Chipettes would say who they were. Then they'd ask if they could sing, and Dave would be like "Why not.". Then they'd sing the whole song, instead of just the second half. But Britney would sing "Me, I want a hula hoop", and Alvin would be like "Wait a minute.". Then the Chipettes would finish. After that, Dave would tell the.Chipettes they did a great job. Then Alvin would say something to Britney about how he was the one who wanted the hula hoop. Not sure what would happen, after that, but I think Dave would somehow settle things, and he'd want both the Chipmunks, and the Chipettes to sing. Then they'd all sing the second half of the song, but Alvin and Britney would both ing sing "We both I want a hula hoop", and then they'd all finish the rest of the chorus. After that, instead of the song ending with the Chipmunks wanting to sing the song again, Dave saying "Let's not overdo it.", and the Chipmunks arguing about overdoing it, Dave would complement both the Chipmunks, and the Chipettes. "Great job, boys. And you were also great, Chipettes." There are two things that could happen after that. (I don't know which would be better.)

1. After they finish singing, and Dave complements the Chipmunks, and the Chipettes, Alvin, and Britney, would start arguing again about the hula hoop, and Dave would try to stop them. "Alvin!? Britney? Enough.". And the song would end with them still arguing.

2. After they finish singing, and Dave complements the Chipmunks, and the Chipettes, he would say "Oh, Alvin? Britney? Here.", (Dave, giving both of them hula hoops) and they both would thank Dave. Then Dave would say he was glad he made both of them happy, and he'd tell them to sing one last chorus, and they'd start singing.

The Chipmunks, and the Chipettes: Want a plane that loops the loop
Alvin and Britney: We both got a hula hoop
The Chipmunks, and the Chipettes: We can hardly stand the wait
Please Christmas, don't be late
We can hardly stand the wait
Please Christmas, don't be late

Then it would end like the original, but both the Chipmunks, and the Chipettes would want to sing again, Dave would say "Let's not overdo it", and they'd all start arguing about overdoing it.



- Beeman

Even though summer's almost over:

Alright you Chipmunks
Ready to sing your song?
I'll say we are
Yeah, let's sing it now!
Okay, Simon?
Okay
Okay, Theodore?
Okay
Okay, Alvin? Alvin? Alvin!
Where's my bathing suit?
Forget about that. Are you ready?
Okay

Summer, summertime is near
Time for speedos and time for beer
???
I can't find my bathing suit
We can hardly stand the wait
Please summer, don't be late

Not sure about the middle section, other than Dave giving Alvin his bathing suit.

Oh, and here's hour bathing suit, Alvin... Alvin? Alvin!
Oh, thanks!

???
I just found my bathing suit
We can hardly stand the wait
Please summer, don't be late
We can hardly stand the wait
Please summer, don't be late

Very good, boys
Let's sing it agan
Yeah, let's sing it again
No, that's enough, let's not overdo it
What do you mean overdo it? We gotta sing it again!
Now wait a minute, boys
Yeah, let's beat it, I'd like to sing it again
Alvin... it's not that... not but, what?
Theodore, just a minute...
Simon will you cut that out, get off me



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Vive Les Histoires

The fact that this spawned such a big franchise is honestly so impressive!

wes welk

I had no idea the Chipmunks started out as a puppet show, always assumed it was a cartoon from the beginning.

Stitch fan_82

​@Catholic Cowboy In the chipmunks' movie, they have an old reel to reel tape recorder.
https://youtu.be/w3hJOkoXK90

Catholic Cowboy

@Michael Martin .. very interesting, me i didn't have any cassette or tape i loved the vinyl disks and i own a lot of records. My first tiny cassette desk was in the middle of the 70s. Anyway it's all long gone those tapes, i got used to the cds, but i dont care as before because the fun is all gone with the rest. I checked at the Techmoan tape cartridge, nice but it's too technical for me.

Michael Martin

@Catholic Cowboy 1962 or 3, that would likely be the 4-track tape. Which looks identical to the later 8-track tape. And the 4-track as I said was based on the earlier 3-track, which was used professionally into the late 1990's. But reel to reel was rarely a thing in radio other than for transcribed programs. Those were once on records until the advent of tape in the 1950s.

But for all of them, "cartridge" and "cassette" was largely used interchangeably. And yes, I have worked in the broadcasting and pro audio industry, and knowing the dates and symbols on the media was critical. Even on records, as I have had to do conversion from old transcription discs and even 16 RPM records to MP3.

And to be completely technical here, today the 3, 4, and 8-track are correctly classified as "cartridges" as they use a single reel. The "RCA-Victor Tape Cartridge" is actually a cassette, as it uses two reels (as does the "Compact Cassette"). As I stated, in the early days those terms had not been standardized yet, so were often interchanged.

But yes, the RCA "Tape Cartridge" was indeed a "Cassette", and was released in 1958 (and was sold into the middle 1960's). Intended for home use, using a ¼" tape at 3.75 IPS. The exact same tape as a reel to reel, but that ran at 7.5 IPS.

And yes, on that you could record things at home, and they even included auto-reverse (which did not appear on the compact cassette for decades). And want a simple "Chipmunks effect"? Record something on a Tape Cartridge, remove it from the case and spool it to a reel to reel, instant playback of something recorded at 3.75IPS at 7.5 IPS.

As I said already, I do believe he used reel to reel tape. But I also know a lot about the equipment of the era, and tape cassettes did indeed exist and were not "rare". They were a common home standard until supplanted by the compact cassette in 1964 (the same year RCA discontinued it). Available as blanks, or pre-recorded.

As I said, just look for the video here "techmoan tape cartridge".

Always juzrel

Same, I didn't know alvin and the chipmunks came out 1958.

Catholic Cowboy

@Michael Martin I watched a film once, i think James Darren was in that movie. The year of the film was 1962 or 63. In one scene Darren in his living room was playing a 8 track cassette. So i'm a bit mixed up on the dates and all those cartrige or cassette or whatever. But something sure their was no little cassette and surely no cass... player in 1958. They used the 3 track reel to reel in some Recording company, mostly until +/- 1965.

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J Polar

I've been watching the Alvin and the Chipmunks show since the 60s and this is the first time in my life that I have ever seen David Seville actually talk besides on the cartoons.
This video is a gem. Thank you for your time and effort for posting.

NostalgiaJumper02

I wasn’t there during his time, but there’s somethings u don’t really know about this guy. Before the chipmunks, he made several records with the same name as his character. Nowadays since the chipmunks became popular some people know who he is and some people don’t know who he is, but all the sudden most people know who his son is bcuz ever since he died, his son Ross Jr took over the company and the Chipmunks were increasing with popularity worldwide. And then like 20 years later after that, the chipmunks brand was made into a movie that everyone liked. And that’s the purpose of the chipmunks and Ross Bagdasarian’s career

rick2112rkrk

Wow! What memories. This is going to leave me smiling the rest of the day. Thanks!

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