The Hippo Song

Every safari guide in Africa knows this song and performs it at the drop of an impala pellet. We first heard it in Zambia. My favorite rendition was performed by guide Jacob Shawa at Nkwali Lodge on the Luangwa River.

Mom and Baby HippoMud, mud, glorious mud
Nothing quite like it for cooling the blood.
So follow me, follow
Down to the hollow

And let us wallow in glorious mud.

The British musical comedy duo Michael Flanders and Donald Swann introduced “The Hippopotamus Song” in their musical review At The Drop Of A Hat in 1956.

–Dave Donelson, author of Heart of Diamonds


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