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Santa Baby: 1952

Santa Baby: 1952

New York, June 1952. Eartha Kitt, the self-styled "sex kitten" who made "Santa Baby" a staple of the holiday airwaves in a career that spanned half a century, died today at the age of 81. Photo by Gordon Parks, Life archive. View full size.

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I Want to Be Evil

Santa Baby

The lyrics posted earlier are close but incorrect. These are the correct lyrics which I found here.

Sorry couldn't have people thinking she sang about "outer space convertible" LOL!

["Outer-space convertible" (meaning far-out, the very latest thing) was part of the lyrics in later releases of the song. - Dave]

What a performer!

I had the good fortune of catching her performance in a small club in NYC about 6 years ago. Age did not diminish her love for what she did - and her voice and musical expression were as sure as ever!

Santa Baby

Eartha certainly had a good sense of timing as to what day to take her last bow.


Eartha Kitt. Talk about sexy.

Sorry to see her go.


This is a beautiful photo of a gifted woman taken by a gifted man. I'll miss Eartha but am happy to be reminded of the great Gordon Parks.

RIP Catwoman

Eartha will always be Catwoman to me.

The Joker and Catwoman capture Batgirl (video)

RIP Eartha

She was one of a kind.

Hurry down the chimney tonight

Santa baby, slip a sable under the tree, for me
I've been an awful good girl
Santa baby, and hurry down the chimney tonight

Santa baby, an outer-space convertible too, light blue
I'll wait up for you dear
Santa baby, and hurry down the chimney tonight

Think of all the fun I've missed
Think of all the fellas that I haven't kissed
Next year I could be oh so good
If you'd check off my Christmas list
Boo doo bee doo

Santa honey, I wanna yacht and really that's
Not a lot
I've been an angel all year
Santa baby, and hurry down the chimney tonight

Santa cutie, there's one thing I really do need, the deed
To a platinum mine
Santa cutie, and hurry down the chimney tonight

Santa baby, I'm filling my stocking with a duplex, and checks
Sign your 'X' on the line
Santa baby, and hurry down the chimney tonight

Come and trim my Christmas tree
With some decorations bought at Tiffany's
I really do believe in you
Let's see if you believe in me
Boo doo bee doo

Santa baby, forgot to mention one little thing, a ring
I don't mean a phone
Santa baby, and hurry down the chimney tonight

Hurry down the chimney tonight
Hurry down the chimney tonight.

Rest in Peace

The good ones always go too early.

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