Saturday, December 11, 2004


Around this time each year I am reminded by my younger sister of a strange Christmas tune taught to us by our Long Island choral director. The tune went a little something like this:

Pablo the reindeer from Mex-i-co
He makes the children laugh ho-ho
All the muchachos love him so
Pable the reindeer from Mex-i-co

Without him-la la la la
Santa would not know where he's going
Without him-la la la la
Santa would not know if it's snow-ing
South of the border...

So basically to sum it up -it's a sad and demeaning tale about a Mexican reindeer named Pablo who when in the comforts of his homeland of Mexico makes all the kids and Mexican guys really bust a gut with laughter but then when Christmas rolls around Pablo is forced to work for Santa as a slave because apparently without a Mexican reindeer Santa wouldn't know where the fuck he was going nor what the weather is like anywhere other than shiny rich beautiful America.


At 12:26 AM, Blogger Golden... said...


At 4:03 PM, Blogger Breakup Babe said...

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At 4:27 PM, Blogger Shiz said...

Ah, yes. Santa and his good old cheap Mexican labour.

At 11:23 AM, Blogger Busty Babe said...

I have been trying to find the lyrics to that song for a long, long time. My mom sang that to me when I was very young, and no one can remember the words all these years later. If you happen to know the rest of the lyrics, I would be eternally grateful if you would let me know and send them to me.

At 1:33 AM, Blogger lusiphur said...

I learned the song when I was in first grade and I haven only found it referenced online in a review of a Jewish one-woman show. This is how I remember the lyrics:

When Santa goes to Mex-i-co
He brings a reindeer named Pablo
All the Muchachos shout Hoo-ray
As Pablo the Reindeer leads the sleigh

With-out him, Santa would not know where he is go-ing
Ay yi yi yi
With-out him, Santa would not know when it is snow-ing
Snowing south of the border?

...then it just repeats the first part.Thats All i remember of it. We sang it with the X Mas carols and the lucky kids in the class were allowed to shake the maracas

From what I remember the music had a latin flavour to it, kinda like the music to the song Maria from West side story with a lot of cha cha-cha cha going on.

Being latin myself, I took the song to be more positive. Santa let Rudolph stay home and took Pablo with him to mexico because its his hood and he knows the way. All the people in Mexicao were happy about seeing oneof their own, even if its an animal, in a top position. Leader of the Expedition.

At 8:54 AM, Blogger Naysa said...

I learned this song when I was in 4th grade here in the midwest. It was in the late 70s. I taught it to my daughter and we sing it each year.

I know the whole song but I won't waste your space here so I'll post it on my blog later. I thought it was a funny song with it's early attempt at multiculturalism.

At 5:26 AM, Blogger Bo said...

It was supposed to be....
When Santa goes to Mexico,
He takes a reindeer named Pablo,
Pablo can sing and dance and sway
She leads the reindeer all the way

Santa cant speak the Espanol,
So he depends on good old Paul
All the muchachos love him so
Pablo the reindeer from Mexico

Without him (Without Pablo) Santa would not know where he's going (Ayiyiyi)
Without him (Without Pablo) he would be lost when it was snowing (whats that?)

Pablo can do the chachacha
He made the children laughhaha
All the muchachos should O-lei
Pablo please hurry back they say

I learnt that from Christmas carolling

At 1:49 PM, Blogger mhb said...

This is a song we sang in elementary school, not as a hurtful song, but as a upbeat song. I am Mexican myself and never found it to be insulting. The lyrics that were posted later by "bo" were that ones I remember. I found a website that you can hear the children singing it at Thanks for posting the lyrics to share with my children.

At 11:43 AM, Blogger Fritzey said...

Could i have a copy of the words to that song for my daycare


At 5:00 PM, Blogger Joan said...

I learned this song in 6th grade choir, way back in 1970 ..this is the version we learned.
When Santa goes to Mexico,
he brings a reindeer called Pablo. Pablo can sing and dance and sway,
he leads the reindeer all the way.
Pablo can do the cha cha cha,
he makes the children go ha ha.
All the muchachos love him so,
Pablo the reindeer from Mexico!
Cha cha cha... OLE'

At 2:53 PM, Blogger Marcia said...

I want to use this song for the end of the year show in my school but cannot find it ANYWHERE... I have only found "homemade" versions of it. Does anyone have or know a CD, cassette, link that I can either buy it or download it? I really need it soon since the show is in two weeks. Thank you so much! Marcia

At 2:54 PM, Blogger Marcia said...

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