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drawing of man and woman meeting in the street

... a pretty girl I chanced to meet

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As I was walking down the street

As I was walking down the street,

down the street, down the street

A pretty girl I chanced to meet

High-ho, high-ho, high-ho

A rig-a-jig jig and away we go,

away we go, away we go,

A rig-a-jig jig and away we go,

High-ho, high-ho, high-ho

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One, two, three four, five

Drawing of a small boy with a sore finger and a fish jumping back into the water

...'Cause he bit my finger so

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One, two three, four, five

One, two, three, four, five

Once I caught a fish alive

Six, seven eight, nine ten

Then I left him go again

Why did you let him go?

‘Cause he bit my finger so

What finger did he bite?

This little finger on my right

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An elephant goes like this and that

Drawing of an elephant with swinging tail and a very long trunk

... He's terribly big

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An elephant goes like this and that

An elephant goes like this and that

He’s terribly big, and he’s terribly fat

He has no fingers, he has no toes,

But goodness gracious, what a nose!

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If you’re happy and you know it

Drawing of a boy and a girl dancing and clapping hands

... clap your hands

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If you’re happy and you know it

If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands (twice)

If you’re happy and you know it

And you really want to show it,

If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands.

If you’re angry and you know it, stamp your feet (twice)

If you’re angry and you know it

And you really want to show it,

If you’re angry and you know it, stamp your feet.

If you’re sleepy and you know it, nod your head (twice)

If you’re sleepy and you know it

And you really want to show it,

If you’re sleepy and you know it, nod your head.

If you’re proud and you know it, stride about (twice)

If you’re proud and you know it

And you really want to show it,

If you’re proud and you know it, stride about.

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I like to sing

graphic of four children singing

...so come and sing with me

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I like to sing

I like to sing, I like to sing, sing, sing (repeat twice)

So come and sing with me.

I like to clap, I like to clap and sing (repeat twice)

So clap and sing with me.

I like to stomp, I like to stomp and sing (repeat twice)

So stomp and sing with me

So stomp and sing with me.

(copyright Maria Burmistrenko)

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Skip to my Lou my darling

animated drawing of small girl dancing

... lost my partner what'll I'll do?

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Skip to my Lou my darling

Flies in the buttermilk, shoo, fly, shoo (repeat twice)

Skip to my lou my darling

Lost my partner what’ll I’ll do? (repeat twice)

Skip to my lou my darling

I’ll find another one better than you (repeat twice)

Skip to my lou my darling

Lou, lou, skip to my lou (repeat twice)

Skip to my lou my darling

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Twinkle, twinkle, little star

drawing of a star

...up above the world so high

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Twinkle twinkle little star

Twinkle, twinkle, little star

How I wonder what you are

Up above the world so high

Like a diamond in the sky,

Twinkle, twinkle, little star

How I wonder what you are.

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How does a caterpillar go?

Drawing of a caterpillar eating a leaf

...On a cabbage leaf the whole day long

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How does a caterpillar go?

How does a caterpillar go?

Dear me, does anybody know?

How does a caterpillar go?

On a cabbage leaf the whole day long?

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Miss Polly had a dolly

Drawing of a small girl with a doll in her lap and ringing on the phone

...so she called for the doctor to come quick

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Miss Polly had a dolly

Miss Polly had a dolly who was sick, sick, sick

So she called for the doctor to come quick, quick, quick,

The doctor came with his bag and his hat

And he knocked on the door with a rat-ta-ta-tat

He looked at the dolly and he shook his head,

He said Miss Polly put her straight to bed

He wrote on the paper for a pill, pill, pill

I’ll be back in the morning yes I will, will, will

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Three cheeky monkeys

Drawing of three monkeys jumping on a bed, with one hitting his head on the floor

...one fell off and bumped his head

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Three cheeky monkeys

Three cheeky monkeys jumping on the bed

One fell off and bumped his head.

Mother called the doctor, and the doctor said,

‘Two cheeky monkeys jumping on the bed’.

Two cheeky monkeys, jumping on the bed.

One fell off and bumped his head.

Mother called the doctor and the doctor said,

‘One cheeky monkey jumping on the bed’.

One cheeky monkey jumping on the bed.

One fell off and bumped his head.

Mother called the doctor and the doctor said,

‘No cheeky monkeys jumping on the bed’.

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London Bridge

Drawing of London Bridge, about to collapse.

...falling down

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London bridge

London Bridge is falling down,

Falling down, falling down.

London Bridge is falling down,

My fair lady.

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Heigh-di

Drawing of an elephant with children riding on its back

..as he takes the children for a ride

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Heigh-di

Heigh-di, heigh-di-ho

the great big elephant is so low.

Heigh-di, heigh-di-ho

the elephant is so slow.

He swings his trunk from side to side

as he takes the children for a ride.

Heigh-di, heigh-di-ho

the elephant is so slow.

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Let everyone clap hands

Drawing of a small girl clapping her hands above her head watched by her dog

... clap hands with me

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Let everyone clap hands

Let everyone clap hands with me

It’s easy, as easy can be

Let everyone join in the game.

You’ll find that it’s so entertain

[or you can sing: ‘You’ll find that it’s always the same’.].

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Shortnin’ bread

Let everyone clap hands with me

Mammy’s goona make a little shortnin' bread

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Shortnin’ bread

Put on de skillet, put on de lead,

Mammy’s gonna make a little shortnin’ bread.

That’s not all she’s goin’ to do,

She’s goin’ to make a little coffee too.

Mammy’s little baby loves shortnin’, shortnin’,

Mammy’s little baby loves shortnin’ bread.

Mammy’s little baby loves shortnin’, shortnin’,

Mammy’s little baby loves shortnin’ bread.

Mammy’s little baby loves shortnin’ shortnin’

Mammy’s little baby loves short–nin’ bread.

Mammy’s little baby loves shortnin’ shortnin’

Mammy’s little baby loves short–nin’ bread.

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Are you sleeping?

Drawing of a small boy sleeping in bed and outside the window a bell in a steeple is ringing

... morning bells are ringing

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Are you sleeping?

Are you sleeping?

Brother John

Morning bells are ringing

Ding, dang, dong.

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I’m a peanut

Drawing of a large foot about to step on a small peanut

...Everybody steps on me

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I’m a peanut

I’m a peanut small and brown

Lying on the cold hard ground

Everybody steps on me

I’m as cracked as I can be

I’m a nut, in a rut

Such a nut, in a rut.

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Bell horses

drawing of a horse with a bell around its neck

Bell horses

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Bell horses

Bell horses, bell horses what time of day?

1 o’clock, 2 o’clock, 3 and away

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Heads, shoulders, knees and toes

drawing of a boy with arrows pointing to parts of the body

...knees and toes

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Head, shoulders, knees and toes

Head, shoulders, knees and toes

Knees and toes

Head, shoulders, knees and toes

Knees and toes

And eyes and ears, and mouth and a nose

Head, shoulders, knees and toes

Knees and toes.

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We can play on the big brass drum

drawing of boy playing a big drum

... boom, boom, boom goes the big brass drum

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We can play on the big brass drum

Oh we can play on the big bass drum

And this is the music to it

Boom, boom, boom goes the big bass drum

And that is the way to do it.

Oh we can play on the triangle

And this is the music to it

Tang, tang, tang goes the triangle

And that is the way we do it

Oh we can play on the castanets

And this is the music to it

Clack, clack, clack goes the castanets

And that is the way we do it.

Oh we can play on the saucepan lids

And this it the music to it

Crash, crash, crash go the saucepan lids

And that is the way we do it.

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Do you know the muffin man?

drawing of man carrying a box full of muffins

... the muffin man

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Do you know the muffin man?

Oh, do you know the muffin man,

The muffin man, the muffin man?

Do you know the muffin man,

Who lives on Drury Lane?

Yes, I know the muffin man,

The muffin man, the muffin man

Yes, I know the muffin man,

Who lives on Drury Lane.

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I have a dog

drawing of a bigt fat black dog wagging his tail

...he eats so much his stomach sags

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I have a dog

I have a dog his name is Rags

He eats so much that his stomach sags

His ears flip flop and his tail wig wags

And when he walks he zigs and zags

Flip, flop, wig, wag, zig, zag

Flip, flop, wig, wag, zig, zag

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Row, row, row your boat

drawing of boy in a row boat

... life is but a dream

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Row, row, row your boat

Row, row, row your boat

Gently down the stream

Merrily, merrily, merrily

Life is but a dream.

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Everybody come here

drawing of woman sitting in a chair and reading to children

...everybody sit down

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Everybody come here

Everybody come here, come here, come here

Everybody come here, come to me.

Everybody sit down, sit down, sit down

Everybody sit down, over there.

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Down in the station

drawing iof steam trains

...see the little puffa trains

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Down in the station

Down in the station

Early in the morning

See the little puffa trains

All in a row

See the engine driver

Pull the little handle,

Choof, choof, choof

And off we go

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The farmer in the dell

graphic of farm animals

...heigh-ho the derry-oh

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Audio copyright

The farmer in the dell

The farmer in the dell, the farmer in the dell,

Heigh-ho the derry-oh, the famer in the dell

The farmer takes the wife, The farmer takes the wife

Heigh-ho the derry-oh, the farmer takes the wife

The wife takes the child, the wife takes the child,

Heigh-ho the derry-oh, the wife takes the child

The child takes the nurse, the child takes the nurse,

Heigh-ho the derry-oh, the child takes the nurse.

The nurse takes the dog, the nurse takes a dog,

Heigh-ho the derry-oh, the nurse takes a dog.

The dog takes the cat, the dog takes the cat,

Heigh-ho the derry-oh, the dog takes the cat.

The cat takes the rat, the cat takes the rat

Heigh-ho the derry-oh, the cat takes the rat.

The rat takes the cheese, the rat takes the cheese,

Heigh-ho the derry-oh, the rat takes the cheese.

The cheese stands alone, the cheese stands alone,

Heigh-ho the derry-oh, the cheese stands alone.

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This is the way we go to bed

photo of small girl in bed

...it's time to have a sleep

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This is the way we go to bed

This is the way we go to bed,

go to bed, go to bed,

This is the way we go to bed

It’s time to have a sleep.

This is the way we clean our teeth,

clean our teeth, clean our teeth

This is the way we clean our teeth

It’s time to clean our teeth.

This is the way we put on our clothes

put on our clothes, put on our clothes

This is the way we put on our clothes

It’s time to put on our clothes.

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Three jelly fish

feltboard with three jelly fish

... three jelly fish sitting on the rock

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Three jelly fish

Three jelly fish, three jelly fish

Three jelly fishhhh sitting on the rock

One fell off…Ohhhhhhh

Two jelly fish, two jelly fish

Two jelly fishhh sitting on the rock

One fell off…Ohhhhhhh

One jelly fish, one jelly fish

One jelly fishhhh sitting on the rock

One fell off…Ohhhhhhh

No jelly fish, no jelly fish

No jelly fishhhh sitting on the rock

One jumped one…Hooray!

One jelly fish, one jelly fish

One jelly fishhhh sitting on the rock

Another jumped on…Hooray!

Two jelly fish, two jelly fish

Two jelly fishhhh sitting on the rock

Another jumped on…Hooray!

Three jelly fish, three jelly fish,

Three jelly fishhhh sitting on the rock.

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Three little speckled frogs

feltboard with three frogs

...one little speckled frog

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Three little speckled frogs

Three little speckled frogs

Sat on a speckled log

Eating some most delicious bugs

Yum, yum

One jumped into the pool

Where it was nice and cool

Now there are two green speckled frogs.

Glub, glub

Two little …

Now there is one green speckled frog,

Glub, glub

One little …

now there are no green speckled frogs,

Glub, glub.

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Two little dicky birds

two bird stick puppets

Two bird stick puppets

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Two little dicky birds (1)

Two little dicky birds sitting on a wall,

One named Peter, one named Paul.

Fly away Peter, fly away Paul,

Come back Peter, come back Paul

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Two little dicky birds (2)

Two little dicky birds sitting in a tree,

One named Sally, one named Lee.

Fly away Sally, fly away Lee,

Come back Sally, come back Lee

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Here is the beehive

hand puppet of a hive and the fingers as bees

Hand puppet of beehive and bees

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Here is the beehive

Here is the beehive

Where are the bees?

Hiding away

where nobody sees.

See them come creeping, out of the hive

One and two and three, four, five.

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Songs on the web

Australian

At Kangaroo Club share Aboriginal culture with lyrics of Aboriginal children's songs. http://www.thekangarooclub.com/lyrics.html

Kids spot has lyrics only of popular Australian songs. http://www.kidspot.com.au/Baby-Baby-activities-Nursery-rhyme-lyrics+33+43+article.htm

Find favourite nursery rhymes to sing, see and sign, or sing along. http://www.scopevic.org.au/index.php/site/resources/nurseryrhymes

American

The Teacher’s Guide has music, lyrics, MIDIs (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MIDI) and print-outs. http://www.theteachersguide.com/ChildrensSongs.htm

Kididdles has songs with free lyrics, music and printable song sheets. http://www.kididdles.com/

The US Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Kids' Pages have sing-along songs (MIDIs and lyrics). http://kids.niehs.nih.gov/music.htm

Judy and David's Online Songbook has lyrics of hundreds of songs (go to children’s music/lyrics). http://judyanddavid.com/

Mothergoose has 362 favourite nursery rhymes. http://www.mothergoose.com/Rhymes/Azrhymes.htm

British

The British Council site Learn English kids has traditional children's songs, with lyrics, sound, animations and puzzles. http://www.britishcouncil.org/kids-songs-traditional.htm

The Victoria and Albert Museum, Museum of Childhood has nursery rhymes and lullabies, with the lyrics and history of some traditional rhymes http://www.vam.ac.uk/moc/childrens_lives/nursery_rhymes/index.html

Nursery Rhymes - lyrics and origins. The origins of individual nursery rhymes often reflect events in history and where available we have included both the meanings and origins http://www.rhymes.org.uk/

Multicultural

Mama Lisa's World has children's songs and nursery rhymes in English and other languages, many with sound and sheet music. http://www.mamalisa.com/?t=eh

Circletime Kids offers a free World Library of multicultural, bilingual children's songs, colouring pages, recipes, crafts and other bilingual early learning aids. http://www.circletimekids.com/

Songs for teaching has samples from CDs, books and videos. http://www.songsforteaching.com/diversitymulticulturalism.htm

Kids music town has the full lyrics of the songs in the original language and samples of downloads for sale. http://kidsmusictown.com/childrenssongslyrics/multiculturalsongs/

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