Seasonal songs

Spring P-So

Pancake Day

Pop a little pancake

Pussy got the measles

Pussy willow

Sakura / Cherry blossoms

Says the bee

See the dragon dance and prance

“Shall I sing?” said the lark

Shrove Tuesday

Silver raindrops patter

Snowdrop bells

Someone’s making pancakes

Sounds of Spring

 

Also find Spring poems and songs at:

Two little chickens

Little Tommy Tadpole

Pussy willow

If you see a daffodil

 

Last updated: 4/5/2021 2:23 PM

The songs below are part ofAway we gocompiled, adapted and illustrated by Dany Rosevear

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Pancake Day 🔊

 

 


This song was broadcast on BBC Television for Schools ‘Watch’ programme from the mid 1970s onwards.

It was adapted by Liz Benett from the traditional Dutch song ‘Hop Marjanneke’ which you can find at: http://www.singinggamesforchildren.com/A%20Cluster%202.8%20Dutch/1-6%20In%20Holland%20staat%20een%20huis.htm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Pancake Day, Pancake Day,

Now’s the time to fry them,

Pancake Day, Pancake Day,

Now’s the time to fry.

For today is Sunday,

And tomorrow’s Monday,

Tuesday, hey, is Pancake Day,

Let’s dance our cares away.

 

Toss them high, toss them high,

Toss them to the ceiling.

Toss them high, toss them high,

Catch them as they fall.

On the table pop them,

Don’t you dare to drop them!

Tuesday, hey, is Pancake Day,

Let’s dance our cares away.


 

 

Pop a little pancake O

 

 


Shrove Tuesday in Britain is traditionally the time for making pancakes to use up all the good things in the larder before Lent begins. It is also a time for pancake races and the tossing of pancakes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Pop a little pancake into a pan,

Pop a little pancake into a pan,

Pop a little pancake into a pan,

That’s for my dinner today.

 

Toss it in the air up high, high, high...x3

That’s for my dinner today.

 

Shake on the sugar with a shake, shake, shake...x3

That’s for my dinner today.

 

Squeeze on the lemon with a squeeze, squeeze, squeeze...x3

That’s for my dinner today.

 

Roll it all around with a roly poly roll...x3

That’s for my dinner today.

 

Pop it in my mouth with a yum, yum, yum...x3

That’s for my dinner today.


 

 

Pussy got the measles O

 

 


I found the first verse of this song in Bill Meek’s ‘Moonpenny’.

Jean Ritchie was familiar with the original morbid Irish version which included verses about the death of the cat; she adapted the music to suit her inimitable style of singing and added the more soothing words as below to keep her children happy!

I also remember a playground chant and game ‘The cat’s got the measles, the measles, the measles, The cat’s got the measles, the measles got the cat’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Pussy got the measles, on the first day of Spring,

The first day of Spring, the first day of Spring,

Pussy got the measles on the first day of Spring,

The poor, the poor, the poor wee thing.

 

We'll send for the doctor with his pills and things,

Pills and things, pills and things,

We'll send for the doctor with his pills and things,

The poor, the poor, the poor wee thing.

 

We'll make her some soup on a chicken's wing,

A chicken's wing, a chicken's wing,

We'll make her some soup on a chicken's wing,

The poor, the poor, the poor wee thing.

 

And all night long we will rock and sing,

Rock and sing, rock and sing,

And all night long we will rock and sing,

The poor, the poor, the poor wee thing.


 

 

Pussy willow 🔊

 

 


A winter to spring hand play.

A song by Mary Root Kern from ‘Songs of childhood’ published 1923.

Tune adapted and arranged by Dany Rosevear.

 

1. Shape sun, melt snow away. Hand moves like stream. Hand to eyes.

2. Raise fingers behind hand. Hand moves like brook. Stroke fur.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The sun has melted all the snow,

And icy streams begin to flow,

Pussy Willow, Pussy Willow,

Will you soon be here?

Pussy Willow, Pussy Willow,

Will you soon be here?

 

Behind a sunny, quiet nook,

Beside a busy little brook,

Pussy Willow, Pussy Willow,

Shows her sil’vry fur,

Pussy Willow, Pussy Willow,

Shows her sil’vry fur.


 

 

 

Sakura / Cherry blossoms 🔊

 

 


A popular Japanese folk song. It was once played at court and is often accompanied by the koto, a Japanese harp, played on the floor by a kneeling musician.

One of the favourite Spring pastimes in Japan is cherry blossom viewing or ‘hanani’.

Visit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sakura_Sakura to hear it sung in Japanese and to find out more about this song.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Blossoms pink, blossoms fair,

Floating lightly in the air,

‘Tis not mist or clouds one sees

But countless lovely cherry trees

Wafting fragrance in the breeze.

Come and see, come and see,

Springtime is for cherry trees.

 

Sakura, sakura,

Yayoino sorawa.

Miwatasu kagiri,

Kasumika kumoka.

Nioizo izuru,

Izaya, izaya,

Mini yukan.

 


 

 

Says the bee 🔊

 

 


Get ready for some buzzy business. Bees are busy all through the sunshine season.

Just love this lazy Spring into summer tune, song by Malvina Reynolds, from ‘Tweedles and foodles for young noodles’ published 1961.

The buzzy refrain has been added by Dany Rosevear. It would work well with a percussion accompaniment, washboard, kazoo, scraper for example. In her intro Malvina encourages us to add our own ideas to her songs, such a generous spirit!.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Come with me, says the bee,

Into the daffodil.

All our house has yellow, yellow walls

And honey on the sill.

 

Chorus

Buzz, buzz, buzzy buzz, buzz,

Buzzy buzz, buzz, buzz, buzz!

Buzz, buzz, buzz, buzz, buzzy, buzzy, buzz,

Buzz, buzz, buzzy buzz, buzz!

 

Come with me, says the bee,

Into the open rose.

Perfume curtains hanging all around

And pollen on your toes.

 

Come with me, says the bee,

Into the lily flower.

Sun in your window every sunny day

Umbrella for a shower.

 


 

 

See the dragon dance and prance 🔊

 

 


Chinese New Year was a great time in school, We made a large dragon head out of boxes and dragony drapes under which the whole class danced, whirling and twirling to songs like this one accompanied by cymbals and other metal instruments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


See the dragon dance and prance, dance and prance, dance and prance.

See the dragon dance and prance on Chinese New Year's Day.

 

See the lanterns swing and sway, swing and sway, swing and sway,

See the lanterns swing and sway on Chinese New Year's Day.

 

Hear the fireworks pop and bang, pop and bang, pop and bang, pop and bang,

Hear the fireworks pop and bang on Chinese New Year's Day.

 

Hear the cymbals clash and clang, clash and clang, clash and clang,

Hear the cymbals clash and clan on Chinese New Year's Day.

 

See the dragon shake its tail, shake its tail, shake its tail.

See the dragon shake its tail on Chinese New Year's Day.

 

See the dragon weave and turn, weave and turn, weave and turn,

See the dragon weave and turn, on Chinese New Year's Day.

 

Hear the children laugh and clap, laugh and clap laugh and clap.

Hear the children laugh and clap, on Chinese New Year's Day.

 

See the dragon go to sleep, go to sleep, go to sleep.

See the dragon go to sleep on Chinese New Year's Day.

 


 

 

“Shall I sing?” said the lark 🔊

 

 


Also called ‘April’, The first verse is from  ‘The Children's Encyclopedia’ by Arthur Mee. The second two verses by Margaret Lane can be found ‘Harlequin – 44 songs around the year’ published by A&C Black. Music by Dany Rosevear.

This could easily be played as a hand play.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


"Shall I sing?" says the lark,

"Shall I bloom?" says the flower;

"Shall I come?" says the sun,

"Or shall I?" says the shower.

 

You must sing, happy lark,

For cold winter’s sleep is past.

You must bloom lovely flowers,

For Spring has come at last.

 

Welcome, sun, gently shine,

Give your warmth to the earth.

Welcome, shower, gently fall,

Giving Spring new birth.

 


 

Shrove Tuesday O

 

 


In this traditional song his sister poisons poor Jack - accidently one hopes!

Play this as a ‘Thread the needle’ game. Hold hands in one long line, two children at the end make an arch for the line to pass through as in 'The big ship sails through the Ally ally-o'. The line ends up with everyone's hands crossed in front.

Such games were popular at Shrove Tuesday festivals in Wiltshire. Find out more about such customs and how to play it at: http://www.traditionalmusic.co.uk/traditional-games-2/traditional-games-2%20-%200330.htm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Shrove Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday,

When Jack went to plough,

His mother made pancakes,

But she didn't know how.

She tipped them, she tossed them,

She made them so black,

She put in some pepper

And she said, ‘Jack, eat that!’

 

Jack’s father made pudding,

‘Twas done in an hour,

He hadn’t got eggs

And he hadn’t got flour.

He hadn’t got figs

And he hadn’t got fat.

He dropped it on the table

And he said, ‘Jack, eat that!’

 

Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday,

Jack’s father went to plough,

His sister made pancakes,

But she didn't know how.

She buttered them, she sugared them,

She burnt them so black,

She made them so awful

That she poisoned poor Jack!

 


 

 

Silver raindrops patter 🔊

 

 


Here comes the gentle rain to help Spring on its way.

Arrangement by Dany Rosevear.

 

In a circle sit back on lower legs. Make fingers fall gently to the ground and then drum fingers softly on the floor. Rub eyes and stretch, then slowly rise following hands pointed upwards– frame face with outstretched hands.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The silver raindrops patter

Upon the earth today,

Tip tap! Their knock is gentle,

And this is what they say:

“Awake now little flowers

And open wide your door,

Put on your rainbow dresses

For Spring is here once more!”

 


 

 

 

Snowdrop bells 🔊

 

 


A song set to the music of Jean de Neuville a 12th century troubadour. The words are by Anne Mendoza and Joan Rimmer and can be found in ‘Thirty folk song settings for children’ published in 1960.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Snowdrop bells go ring-a-ding.

Winter’s gone and here is Spring.

 

Primroses sweet in woodlands grow,

Under trees where breezes blow.

 

Lambs skip and play in meadows green,

Winter’s gone and Spring is Queen.

 


 

 

 

Someone's making pancakes O

 

 


This rhyme was written by Elizabeth Fleming and was set to music by Herbert Wiseman for ‘A third sixty songs for little children’ published 1960. The word ‘girdle’ rather than ‘griddle’ was used in this publication – no idea why?!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Someone's making pancakes,

The griddles on the grate,

The bowl of batter’s beaten up

So I am going to wait

Until the work is over,

And there perhaps will be,

Among the brown and speckled ones’

A yellow one for me!

 


 

 

Sounds of Spring O

 

 


A seasonal action song. Music by Dany Rosevear.

 

1. Move forefingers downwards. 2. Frog, a loose fist jumps up arm. 3. Cross hands and flap wings, thumb and forefinger open and close. 4. Wind left hand up right arm. 5. Cross forefingers and move around. 6. With palms and forearms together move upwards then fan out fingers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The melting snow says, "Drop, drop, drop."

The little frog goes, "Hop, hop, hop."

The little bird says, "Peep, peep, peep."

The little vine goes, "Creepetty creep."

The little bee says, "Hum, hum, hum."

The little flower says, "Spring has come!"


 

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