Summer songs T-Z

The cuckoo is a pretty bird

The dandelion and the child

The minibeast parade

The sun has got his hat on

The teddy bears’ picnic

The water fairies

There I was just a-swimming in the sea

There’s a tiny caterpillar

There was a little turtle

Tommy and the apples

We have planted in our garden

We sail and we sail and we stop!

Zip-a-dee-doo-dah

 

Also see:

Summer songs A-H, I-S

Down in the grass, curled up in a heap

Going down to Devon

My shadow

Over in the meadow

Rock gently sailboat

Scraping up sand (Shiloh)

She sailed away on a lovely summer’s day

Last updated: 7/2/2018 7:23 AM

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

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The cuckoo is a pretty bird 🔊

 

 


A song from The Baring-Gould and Cecil Sharp collection ‘English folk songs for schools’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The cuckoo is a pretty bird, she singeth as she flies,

She bringeth us good tidings, she telleth us no lies,

She sips the sweet flowers to keep her voice so clear,

And every time she singeth, “Cuckoo! Cuckoo! Cuckoo!”

The summer draweth near.

 

The cuckoo is a giddy bird, no other is as she,

That flits across the meadow, and sings from every tree.

A nest she never buildeth, a vagrant she doth roam;

Her music it is tearful, “Cuckoo! Cuckoo! Cuckoo!

I nowhere have a home.”

 

The cuckoo is a witty bird, arriving with the spring.

When summer suns are waning, she spreadeth wide her wings.

She flees approaching winter, she shuns the rain and snow.

Like her I would be singing, “Cuckoo! Cuckoo! Cuckoo!”

And off with her I'd go!

 


 

 

The dandelion and the child 🔊

 

 


A question and answer rhyme from ‘Little primary pieces for wee folk to speak’ Compiled and arranged by C.S. Griffin in 1902. One child takes the part of the child the other the dandelion. Dany Rosevear has set it to music as it also makes a delightful song.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Oh, dandelion as yellow as gold,

What do you do all day?

I just wait here in the long green grass

Till the children come to play.

 

Oh, dandelion as yellow as gold,

What do you do all night?

I wait and wait till the cool dew falls

And my hair grows long and white.

 

And what will you do when your hair grows white

And the children come to play?

They’ll take me up in their dimpled hands

And blow my hair away.


 

 

The minibeast parade 🔊

 

 


Move like the minibeasts. An echo song with actions and instrumental accompaniment.

From BBC Radio for schools ‘Music Box’ by Veronica Clark published 1995.

All trace of this dear little song seems to have disappeared from the internet.

 

Tap thighs in time to the ‘poms’ of the chorus. Make up hand / arm actions for movements of each minibeast and add these to the echo lines.

Choose percussion instruments to match each minibeast.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Pom, pom, pom, pom,

Pom, pom, pom, pom,

Pom, pom, pom, pom,

POM!

 

Wiggle like a worm, Wiggle like a worm,

Wiggle like a worm, Wiggle like a worm,

Wiggle like a worm, Wiggle like a worm,

In the minibeast parade. In the minibeast parade.

 

Slide like a slug…

Flutter like a moth…

Scurry like an ant…

Crawl like a beetle…

Spin like a spider…


 

 

The sun has got his hat on 🔊

 

 


A song Noel Gay and Ralph Butler originally recorded in 1932.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The sun has got his hat on, Hip, hip, hip, hooray!

The sun has got his hat on And he's coming out today.

Now we'll all be happy, Hip-hip-hip-hooray!

The sun has got his hat on and he's coming out today.

 

He's been shining all day long, Out in Timbuktu.

Now he's coming back To do the same for you

So jump into your sunbath, Hip-hip-hip-hooray!

The sun has got his hat on and he's coming out today.

 

All the little birds are singing,

All the little gnats are stinging,

All the little bees in twos and threes

Buzzing in the sun all day.

 

The sun has got his hat on, Hip-hip-hip-hooray!...

 

All the little boys excited,

All the little girls delighted;

What a lot of fun for everyone

Sitting in the sun all day.

 

So jump into your sunbath, Hip-hip-hip-hooray!

The sun has got his hat on and he's coming out today.

 


 

 

The teddy bears’ picnic O

 

 


Summer is a time for eating out of doors and taking your teddies on a picnic is an occasion for fun.

Words by Jimmy Kennedy 1932, music by John W. Bratton 1907. Find out more about this song at:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teddy_Bears%27_Picnic and http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=14553

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


If you go down to the woods today,

You're sure of a big surprise.

If you go down to the woods today,

You'd better go in disguise;

For every bear that ever there was

Will gather there for certain, because

Today's the day the teddy bears have their picnic.

 

Chorus Picnic time for teddy bears;

The little teddy bears are having a lovely time today.

Watch them, catch them unawares,

And see them picnic on their holiday.

See them gaily gad about;

They love to play and shout,

They never have any cares.

At six o'clock their mummies and daddies,

Will take them home to bed,

Because they're tired little teddy bears.

 

Every teddy bear who's been good

Is sure of a treat today.

There's lots of marvellous things to eat

And wonderful games to play.

Beneath the trees where nobody sees,

They'll hide and seek as long as they please,

‘Cause that's the way the teddy bears have their picnic.

 

If you go down to the woods today,

You'd better not go alone.

It's lovely down in the woods today,

But safer to stay at home.

For every bear that ever there was

Will gather there for certain, because

Today's the day the teddy bears have their picnic.

Chorus

 


 

 

The water fairies O

 

 


This song was written by Frances B. Wood and put to a Gaelic tune (Highland fairy lullaby http://www.singinggamesforchildren.com/A%20Cluster%202.2%20Awaywego/18%20Lullabies%20A-Iw.htm ) for the ‘Second sixty songs for little children’

It can also be found in BBC radio for schools Time and Tune Summer 1954.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


As I lay on the golden sands,

The golden sands, the golden sands,

As I lay on the golden sands,

I saw the water fairies O!

 

The fleecy clouds sailed overhead…

So snowy white and airy O!

 

I watched the bonny seagulls fly…

A-wheeling o’er the water O!

 

The sparkling waves came splashing in…

Each ridden by a fairy O!

 

They danced across the shining sands…

In fairy rings so lightly O!

 

They sang the sweetest fairy tune…

As hushed I lay a-listening O!

 

And singing still they flew away…

Like thistle-down a-floating O!


 

 

There I was just a-swimming in the sea O

 

 


A seaside song.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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There I was just a-swimming in the sea,

Singing, do wah diddy diddy dum diddy dee.

All of the sudden there’s a dolphin next to me,

Singing, do wah diddy diddy dum diddy dee.

She swam fast, (She swam fast,)

She dove deep, (She dove deep,)

She swam fast, dove deep,

Hey this dolphin’s pretty neat!

Singing, do wah diddy diddy dum diddy dee,

Do wah diddy diddy dum diddy dee.

 

There I was just a-swimming in the sea,

Singing, do wah diddy diddy dum diddy dee.

All of the sudden there’s a crab next to me,

Singing, do wah diddy diddy dum diddy dee.

He nipped hard, (He nipped hard,)

He dug deep, (He dug deep,)

He nipped hard, dug deep,

Hey this crab is pretty neat!

Singing, do wah diddy diddy dum diddy dee,

Do wah diddy diddy dum diddy dee.

 

There I was just a-swimming in the sea,

Singing, do wah diddy diddy dum diddy dee.

All of the sudden there’s a whale next to me

Singing, do wah diddy diddy dum diddy dee.

She breached hard, (She breached hard,)

She dove deep, (She dove deep,)

She breached hard, she dove deep,

Hey this whale is pretty neat!

Singing, do wah diddy diddy dum diddy dee,

Do wah diddy diddy dum diddy dee.

 

There I was just a-swimming in the sea,

Singing, do wah diddy diddy dum diddy dee.

All of the sudden there’s a shark next to me,

Singing, do wah diddy diddy dum diddy dee.

He swam fast, (He swam fast,)

He dove deep, (He dove deep,)

He swam fast, he dove deep,

Hey this shark is pretty neat!

Singing, do wah diddy diddy dum diddy dee,

Do wah diddy diddy dum diddy dee.

 

There I was just a-swimming in the sea,

Singing, do wah diddy diddy dum diddy dee.

All of the sudden there’s a seahorse next to me,

Singing, do wah diddy diddy dum diddy dee.

He swam left, (He swam left,)

He swam right, (He swam right,)

He swam left, swam right,

Hey this seahorse is outta sight!

Singing, do wah diddy diddy dum diddy dee,

Do wah diddy diddy dum diddy dee.

 

There I was just a-swimming in the sea,

Singing, do wah diddy diddy dum diddy dee.

All of the sudden there’s a mermaid next to me,

Singing, do wah diddy diddy dum diddy dee.

She had a tail, (She had a tail,)

And curly hair, (And curly hair,)

She had a tail, and curly hair,

It was hard not to stare,

Singing, do wah diddy diddy dum diddy dee,

Do wah diddy diddy dum diddy dee. X3


 

There’s a tiny caterpillar O

 

Learn about the life cycle of the butterfly. This song is by Sue Nicolls from the book ‘Bobby Shaftoe clap you hands’ to the tune of ‘She’ll be coming round the mountain’.

 

1. Move forefinger like a caterpillar 2. Make hands open and close. 3. Roll hands round each other, 4. Cross thumbs and make hands flap. 5. Do all above.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


There’s a tiny caterpillar on a leaf, wiggle wiggle ,

There’s a tiny caterpillar on a leaf, wiggle wiggle,

There’s a tiny caterpillar, tiny caterpillar,

There’s a tiny caterpillar on a leaf, wiggle wiggle.

 

He will eat the leaves around him ‘til he’s full, munch munch,

He will eat the leaves around him ‘‘til he’s full, munch munch,

He will eat the leaves around, eat the leaves around

He will eat the leaves around him ‘til he’s full, munch munch.

 

A cocoon is what he’s spinning for his home, spin spin ,

A cocoon is what he’s spinning for his home, spin spin,

A cocoon is what he’s spinning, cocoon is what he’s spinning,

A cocoon is what he’s spinning for his home, spin spin.

 

Then he’ll be a butterfly and fly away, flap flap

Then he’ll be a butterfly and fly away, flap flap

Then he’ll be a butterfly, be a butterfly,

Then he’ll be a butterfly and fly away, flap flap.

 

So that tiny caterpillar went like this

Wiggle wiggle, munch munch, spin spin, flap flap,

So that tiny caterpillar went like this

Wiggle wiggle, munch munch, spin spin, flap flap,

So that tiny caterpillar, that tiny caterpillar

So that tiny caterpillar went like this

Wiggle wiggle, munch munch, spin spin, flap flap.

munch munch.


 

There was a little turtle O

 

This is a cumulative action song and great fun as the movements get progressively harder to perform. Each time the song is sung.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


There was a little turtle.

He lived in a box.

He swam in the puddles.

He climbed on the rocks.

 

He snapped at the mosquito.

He snapped at the flea.

He snapped at the minnow.

And he snapped at me!

 

He caught the mosquito.

He caught the flea.

He caught the minnow.

But he didn't catch me!

Make hand into a fist with thumb out. Cover turtle with the other hand.

Place one hand on top of the other and make thumbs ‘swim’.

Hands make a climbing motion

 

Snap thumb and finger x3s.

 

 

Snap at self.

 

 

Grab three times.

 

Shake finger from side to side and point to self.

 

 


 

 


Tommy and the apples O

 

 

 


Children ‘scrumping’ for apples used to be a common sight in the countryside in days gone by.

This cheerful song was collected in both Yorkshire and Gloucestershire in the UK but also Quebec in Canada:  http://www.vwml.org/roudnumber/8723# It was recorded by Cyril Tawney on his CD ‘Children’s songs from Devon and Cornwall.

 

The first verse of this song could be used for different movements: skipping, jumping, hopping etc. Children could use their own names, change the season or what was seen on the journey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


As Tommy went walking one fine summer’s day.

Some rosy cheeked apples he saw on his way,

Saw on his way, saw on his way,

Some rosy cheeked apples he saw on his way.

 

Those apples were ripe and so pleasant to see,

They seemed to say, "Tommy, come climb up the tree,

"Climb up the tree, climb up the tree."

They seemed to say, "Tommy, come climb up the tree."

 

So Tommy climbed up; from the bough he did fall,

And down came the apples, poor Tommy and all,

Tommy and all, Tommy and all,

And down came poor Tommy, the apples and all.

 

His face was all scratched and he felt very sore.

He promised he'd never steal apples no more,

Apples no more, apples no more,

He promised he'd never steal apples no more.

 

 

 

We have planted in our garden O

 

There are all sorts of pests ready to consume our carefully tended garden produce. This is a Czech folk song from Children’s Songs from Other Lands by C. K. Offer, W. Paxton & Co Ltd.

This version came from BBC radio’s Music Time Summer 1973. The first verse also appeared in Time and Tune Autumn 1965.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


We have planted in our garden beans and peas and pickling cabbage;

Came our neighbour's greedy chickens and scratched them all up.

Get you home you greedy chicks, or we’ll chase you off with sticks! Shoo! Shoo! Shoo!

 

We have planted in our garden lots of maize and mangel wurzels;

From the churchyard rats of all kinds came and ate them all up.

Get you home you thieving rats, or we’ll buy a dozen cats. Shoo! Shoo! Shoo!

 

 

We sail and we sail and we stop! O

 

A nursery action song for the summer – best played outside.

 

Place hands on hips with elbows pointing out like sails, then move with feet apart from side to side. The other actions: jump, twirl, wiggle, hide (peek-a-boo!) should be self evident!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


We sail and we sail and we stop!

We sail and we sail and we stop!

We sail and we sail and we sail and we sail

And we sail and we sail and we stop!

 

We jump and we jump and we stop!

We jump and we jump and we stop!

We jump and we jump and we jump and we jump

And we jump and we jump and we stop!

 

We twirl…

 

We wiggle…

 

We hide and we hide and we (peek-a-boo!)...

 

 


 

 

 

Zip-a-dee-doo-dah 🔊

 

 


The ultimate ‘feel good’ summer song. Words and music by Ray Gilbert and Allie Wrubel with lyrics from the Walt Disney 1946 animated film ‘Song of the South’.

Find out more at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay,

My, oh my, what a wonderful day!

Plenty of sunshine headin' my way,

Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay.

 

Mister Bluebird's on my shoulder.

It's the truth, it's actual,

Ev'rything is satisfactual.

Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay,

Wonderful feeling, wonderful day!

 

Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay,

My, oh my, what a wonderful day!

Plenty of sunshine headin' my way,

Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay.

 


 

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