Jewish comedian and actor Adam Sandler wrote “The Hanukkah Song” with Saturday Night Live writers Lewis Morton and Ian Maxtone-Graham. He originally performed the song on SNL’s Weekend Update on December 3rd, 1994. He later included the song in some of his stand-up comedy routines.
The premise of “The Hanukkah Song” is that Jewish children feel alienated around Christmas-time, when they are surrounded by Christmas music and decorations but don’t celebrate the holiday themselves. However some of the lyrics are adult-oriented. For example, mentioning the use of marijuana (Part I), encouraging getting drunk (Part II) and alluding to sexual intercourse by expressing a desire to “put more Jewish” in Jennifer Connelly (Part III).
Lyrics from all three versions of “The Hanukkah Song” are included below. You can listen to the original version on YouTube here.
The Hanukkah Song Lyrics – Part I (Original 1994 Version)
Intro: There's a lot of Christmas songs out there, but not too many about Hanukkah, so I wrote a song for all those nice little Jewish kids who don't get to hear any Hanukkah songs. Here we go…
Put on your yarmulka, it's time for Hanukkah
Its so much fun-akkah to celebrate Hanukkah,
Hanukkah is the Festival of Lights,
Instead of one day of presents, we have eight crazy nights.
But when you're the only kid in town without a Christmas tree, here’s a list of
people who are Jewish, just like you and me:
David Lee Roth lights the menorah,
So do James Caan, Kirk Douglas, and the late Dinah Shore-ah
Guess who eats together at the Carnegie Deli,
Bowzer from Sha-na-na, and Arthur Fonzerrelli.
Paul Newman's half Jewish; Goldie Hawn's half too,
Put them together--what a fine lookin’ Jew! [Esus]
You don’t need Deck the Halls or Jingle Bell Rock
Cause you can spin a driedel with Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock - both Jewish! [Esus]
Put on your yalmulka, its time for Hanukkah,
The owner of the Seattle Super sonic-ah celebrates Hanukkah.
O.J. Simpson - not a Jew!
But guess who is...Hall of Famer Rod Carew (he converted!)
We got Ann Landers and her sister Dear Abby,
Harrison Ford's a quarter Jewish - not too shabby!
Some people think that Ebeneezer Scrooge is,
Well, he’s not, but guess who is: All three stooges. [Esus]
So many Jews are in show biz
Tom Cruise isn't, but I heard his agent is. [Esus]
Tell your friend Veronica, its time to celebrate Hanukkah
I hope I get a harmonica, on this lovely, lovely Hanukkah.
So drink your gin-and-tonic-ah, and smoke your mara-juanic-ah,
If you really, really wanna-kah, Have a happy, happy, happy, happy
Hanukkah… HAPPY HANUKKAH!
The Hanukkah Song Lyrics – Part II (1999)
Put on your Yarmulka
Its time for Hanukkah
So much funnaka
To celebrate Hanukkah
Hanukkah is the festival of lights
Instead of one day of presents
We get eight crazy nights
When you feel like the only kid in town
Without a Christmas tree
Here's a new list of people who are Jewish
Just like you and me
Drinks Manischewitz wine
Then spins a dreidel with Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein
Guess who gives and receives
Loads of Hanukkah toys
The girls from Veruca Salt and all three Beastie Boys
Lenny Kravitz is half Jewish,
Courtney Love is half too
Put them together
What a funky bad ass Jew
We got Harvey Keitel
And flash dancer Jennifer Beals
Yasmine Bleeth from Baywatch is Jewish
And yes her boobs are real
Put on that yarmulka
Its time for Hanukkah
Two-time Oscar winning Dustin Hoffmanaka
Still not a Jew
But guess who is,
The guy who does the voice for Scooby Doo
Bob Dylan was born a Jew
Then he wasn't
But now he's back,
Mary Tyler Moore's husband is Jewish
'Cause we're pretty good in the sack.
Guess who got bar-mitzvahed
On the PGA tour
No I'm not talking about Tiger Woods
I'm talkin' about Mr. Happy Gilmore.
So many Jews are in the show biz
Bruce Springsteen isn't Jewish
But my mother thinks he is.
Tell the world-amanaka
It's time to celebrate Hanukkah
It's not pronounced Ch-nakah
The C is silent in Chanukah*
So read your hooked on phonica
Get drunk in Tijuanaka
If you really really wannaka
Have a happy happy happy happy Hanukkah!
* When transliterated into English, Hanukkah can also be spelled “Chanukkah” (or Chanukah), among other variations. Sandler references the “Ch” version in this song.
The Hanukkah Song Lyrics – Part III (2002)
Put on your yarmulke
It's time for Hanukkah
Once again it's onaka
The miracle of Hanukkah
Hanukkah is the Festival of Lights
One day of presents?
Hell, no, we get Eight Crazy Nights
But if you fell like the only kid in town without a Christmas tree
I guess my first two songs didn't do it for you
So here comes number three
Ross and Pheobe from friends say the Hanukkah blessing
So does Lenny's pall Squiggy and Will and Grace's Debra Messing
Melissa Gilbert and Michael London never mix meat with dairy
Maybe they shoulda called that show Little Kosher House on the Prairie?
We’ve got Jerry Lewis, Ben Stiller and Jack Black
Tom Arnold converted to Judaism but you guys can have him back
We may not get to kiss underneath the mistletoe
But we can do it all night long with Deuce Bigelow
Put on your yarmulke, here comes Hanukkah
The guy in Willie Nelson's band who plays harmoniaca celebrates Hanukkah
Osama Bin Laden - not a big fan of the Jews
Well maybe that 's because he lost a figure-skating match to gold medalist Sarah Hughes (Her mama's Jewish)
Houdini and David Blaine escape strait jackets with such precision
But the one thing they could not get out of: their painful circumcision
Gwyneth Paltrow's half-Jewish but a full-time Oscar winner
Jennifer Connelly’s half Jewish, too, and I'd like to put some more in her
There's Lou Reed, Perry Farrell, Beck and Paula Abdul
Joey Ramone invented punk rock music, but first came Hebrew school
Hey, Natalie Portmanika?
It's time to celebrate Hanukkah!
I hope you get an abtronika
On this joyful, toyful Hanukkah
So get a high colonika
And soil your long Johnikas
If you really, really wannaka?
Have a happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy,...