Stuck In The Smoke Hole Of Our Tipi

Today’s Christmas song is “Stuck In The Smoke Hole Of Our Tipi,” an original song by Shoshonee Elder Oldhands (flamingwarbonnet on Youtube). I heard it for the first time yesterday, when a friend emailed the link for the Youtube video to me. It gave me a good chuckle. I wasn’t feeling too well yesterday, so perhaps that set me up for this somewhat morbid sense of humor. But this song got me to think how we take it for granted that everyone around the world knows about Santa Claus and the Christmas tradition associated with him. To someone who doesn’t know about Christmas or Santa Claus, he must look pretty silly in that red suit, bellowing “Ho, Ho, Ho” and lugging around a big sack of toys. This song explores the possibility of what could happen if Santa encounters an Indian tribe that doesn’t know him or the Christmas tradition.

Stuck In The Smoke Hole Of Our Tipi
Written and performed by Oldhands

There’s a funny fat man in a silly red suit
Stuck in the smoke hole of our tipi
There’s a funny fat man in a silly red suit
Stuck in the smoke hole of our tipi
Ho, Ho, Ho, he thinks he’s talking Indian
No, No, No, ain’t no way we’ll let him in
Want no funny fat man in a silly red suit
Stuck in the smoke hole of our tipi

Grandma’s skinning his deer, and Grandpa’s cooking up the meat
From the funny fat man in a silly red suit
Stuck in the smoke hole of our tipi
Ho, Ho, Ho, he thinks he’s talking Indian
No, No, No, ain’t no way we’ll let him in
Want no funny fat man in a silly red suit
Stuck in the smoke hole of our tipi

Auntie’s taking his boots, and Uncle’s stripping down the sleigh
Of the funny fat man in a silly red suit
Stuck in the smoke hole of our tipi
Ho, Ho, Ho, he thinks he’s talking Indian
No, No, No, ain’t no way we’ll let him in
Want no funny fat man in a silly red suit
Stuck in the smoke hole of our tipi

Ching, ching, ching, sound of money coming in
From the pawning of the toys
From the funny fat man in a silly red suit
Stuck in the smoke hole of our tipi
Ho, Ho, Ho, he thinks he’s talking Indian
No, No, No, ain’t no way we’ll let him in
Want no funny fat man in a silly red suit
Stuck in the smoke hole of our tipi

Ho, Ho, Ho, he thinks he’s talking Indian
No, No, No, ain’t no way we’ll let him in
Want no funny fat man in a silly red suit
Stuck in the smoke hole of our tipi

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14 Comments on “Stuck In The Smoke Hole Of Our Tipi”

  1. Debbie says:

    I love this!! My almost 5 year old grandson can sing most of it.

  2. TOm says:

    Thank you!! Made my Christmas much happier.

  3. Dr. Candace A. Davis says:

    I like it! :)

  4. Berwyn says:

    Just a minor correction to your posted lyrics. The second verse begins “Grandma’s skinning his DEER”.

  5. Sophie says:

    Thank you, Berwyn, for catching that typo for me. I’ve made the correction. :-)

    Thanks, everyone, for your comments. I never expected this page to become the most viewed page of my blog. Glad to see there are others with the same sense of humor as me. LOL!

  6. Mary Jane says:

    Catchy tune – have it stuck in my head! Thanks for posting the lyrics – my friends and family are getting together next week and we’re going to have a drum circle – I think this would be a great song to sing. With your permission I’d like to share the lyrics.

    Mary Jane

  7. Sophie says:

    Feel free to share as you’d like, Mary Jane. I don’t own the song, and I’m sure the author would be happy to see his song being shared and enjoyed by others.

  8. sherry says:

    I really like this song, makes me remember whats really important this time of year.

  9. dave says:

    Love this!Its the message thats important!

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  11. Debbie W says:

    Native wisdom strikes again

  12. LOVE IT!!! <3 <3 <3 <3

  13. Neal Devitt says:

    Is it available on a CD?

  14. Sophie says:

    No idea if it’s available on CD or not. You can try contacting the user “flamingwarbonnet” who originally posted this song on Youtube. If there is a CD, then buy the CD to support the people who produced it. If there isn’t a CD, copy the URL for this video on Youtube, and go to the website http://www.video2mp3.net/ and paste the URL in the box to convert the video into MP3. :-)


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