The author’s song box

Australian originals

(Two trips to the other side of the world and I was smitten

by the unique landscape, flora and fauna of this wonderful

continent. The songs below were inspired by my latest visit.)

An Australian animal alphabet

(Tread lightly on the Earth my friend)

Did you ever see a kangaroo?

Grandma saw a possum

Great big boomers

If you want to see a wallaby

Inky pinky pumpkin pie

Kevin the Crow

The sea sings to me

Whales can’t ride a bike

Who wants an octopus cuddle?

With Wynken, Blynken and Nod

 

Last updated: 7/28/2015 4:20 PM

 

The songs below are part ofAway we go! Round and about

written and illustrated by Dany Rosevear

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An Australian animal alphabet

(Tread lightly on the Earth my friend) O

 

What a curious continent with such unique and wonderful animals!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


SPOKEN

Tread lightly on the Earth my friend, tread lightly as you go,

Leave it as you found it for tomorrow’s child to know.

 

Albatross, archerfish, angel shark and ant,

Bilby, bandicoot, budgie, brolga, bat.

Cassowary, cockatoo, crocodile, cane toad,

Dugong, dolphin and dingo by the road.

In the bush, the swamps, the skies, the oceans all around,

We came along and wondered at the creatures we had found.

 

Emu, echidna, eastern tiger snake,

Fairy penguin, frilled lizard, flying foxes wake.

Galah, goanna, gecko and the great white shark,

Humpbacked whale, hare and hog deer leaping through the dark.

In the bush, the swamps, the skies, the oceans all around.

We came along and wondered at the creatures we had found.

 

Ivy leaf roller, island thrush, ibis,

Jacky lizard, jabiru and box jellyfish.

Kookaburra, koala bear, kestrel, kangaroo,

Lyrebird, lorikeet, long-footed potoroo.

In the bush, the swamps, the skies the oceans all around,

We came along and wondered at the creatures we had found.

 

Marsupial mole, magpie, nightjar and numbat,

Orcas, osprey, octopus, oystercatchers catch.

Possum, pelican, parrot, platypus,

Quokka, quoll and button quail making such a fuss.

In the bush, the swamps, the skies, the oceans all around,

We came along and wondered at the creatures we had found.

 

Red back spider, rainbow lorikeet,

Sugar glider, stink bug, swordfish and the sheep.

Tree frog, tiger moth, turtle and termite,

Ulysses butterfly so beautiful in flight.

In the bush, the swamps, the skies, the oceans all around,

We came along and wondered at the creatures we had found.

 

Vine hawk moth, vinegar fly, velvet gecko then,

Wombat, wallaby, willy wagtail, wren.

Many eXtinct animals then yabby, yakka skink,

Z is for the zebras; lionfish, shark and finch.

In the bush, the swamps, the skies, the oceans all around,

We came along and wondered at the creatures we had found.

 

SPOKEN

Tread lightly on the Earth my friend, tread lightly as you go,

Leave it as you found it for tomorrow’s child to know.

 


 

Did you ever see a kangaroo? O

 

A question and answer song. Groups can swap roles for each verse. The words could easily be adapted to suit animals from other continents. Children can have great fun making up daft rhymes – the more ridiculous the better!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Did you ever see a kangaroo? Yes sir!

Did you ever see a kangaroo? Yes sir!

Did you ever see a kangaroo

Playing on a didgeridoo?

Yes sir! Surely not sir? Would I lie?

 

Did you ever see a platypus? Yes sir!

Did you ever see a platypus? Yes sir!

Did you ever see a platypus

Jumping on a Sydney bus?

Yes sir! Surely not sir? Would I lie?

 

Did you ever see a bandicoot? Yes sir!

Did you ever see a bandicoot? Yes sir!

Did you ever see a bandicoot

Flying with a parachute?

Yes sir! Surely not sir? Would I lie?

 

...kookaburra...... Surf boarding at Scarborough....

...great white whale... Swimming in a water pail...

...jellyfish... Counting up to sixty six...

 


 

 

Grandma saw a possum O

 

And so she did with granddad on her grandson’s very first birthday. It was on New Year’s Eve 2013 at Tarpeian Precinct overlooking Sydney Harbour bridge! Down the gum tree ran the marsupial and scarpered across the park in the hot sunshine much to the delight of the multinational crowd gathered to watch the fireworks that day.

 

This is just a song to enjoy rather than a singing game.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grandma saw a possum,

It ran down a tree,

G’day,” said the possum,

“You can’t ketch me!”

 

Chorus

Well, a possum is a possum,

And a cross one possibly,

If you tried to toss a possum

Off a eucalyptus tree.

 

 “You betcha?” cried old grandma,

She chucked up her hat.

It landed on the possum

And stopped it in its track.

 

“Is it night time?” cried the possum,

“I can no longer see.”

So he popped it in his pocket

And he ran back up the tree.

 

Grandma danced a jig,

She danced the old can can,

While possum twirled the hat around

Shouting “Ketch it if you ken!”

 

Grandma caught her hat,

She doffed it high and low.

She blew the possum kisses

And danced off on tippy toes.


 

Great big boomers O

 

No visit to Australia is complete without sight or sound of the amazing wildlife to be found in the outback, bush and billabong. Early and late in the day are the times when these creatures stir and make themselves known with their movements and incredible choruses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’d like to see the great big boomers,

Bouncing in the bush lands,

I’d like to see the great big boomers,

Bouncing as the sun goes down.

Hippy hop, don’t stop, great big boomers,

Hippy hop, don’t stop, leap and bound,

Hippy hop, don’t stop, great big boomers,

Bouncing as the sun goes down.

 

I’d like to see the long necked turtles,

Paddling in the billabong,

I’d like to see the long necked turtles,

Paddling as the sun goes down.

Snippety snap, long necked turtles,

Snippety snap, all around!

Snippety snap, long necked turtles,

Paddling as the sun goes down.

 

I’d like to watch the dingoes dancing,

Dancing in the outback,

I’d like to watch the dingoes dancing,

Dancing as the sun goes down.

Howl as the sunsets, dancing dingoes,

Howl as the sunsets, paw the ground,

Howl as the sunsets, dancing dingoes,

Dancing as the sun goes down

 

I’d like to hear the kookaburra,

Laughing in the treetops,

I’d like to hear the kookaburra,

Laughing as the sun comes up.

Whoop-a-whoop, hoo ha ha, kookaburra,

Whoop-a-whoop, woo, you’ll get hiccups,

Whoop-a-whoop, hoo ha ha, kookaburra,

Laughing as the sun comes up.

 


 

If you want to find a wallaby O

 

A song about the urbanisation of many Australian animals. Several species are drawn to cities and towns where there are plenty of green areas, abundant food supplies and places to roost and make their home.

I am sure there are many more verses that could be added about other creatures that have colonized gardens, houses and parks in the urban environment.

 

This familiar melody is from WW1 ‘ Hanging on the old barbed wire’; there are many great tunes that children will love that were written at the beginning of the last century but often these have words beyond their understanding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


If you want to find a wallaby, I know where one is,

I know where one is, I know where one is,

If you want to find a wallaby I know where one is,

And it’s bouncing out of the bush like this.

I saw it, I saw it,

Bouncing ‘cross the road, watch out young Jack!

Then I heard it, then I heard it,

Thumping in my veggie patch.

 

If you want to find a kookaburra I know where one is,

I know where one is, I know where one is,

If you want to find a kookaburra I know where one is,

And it’s hopping out of the bush like this.

I saw it, I saw it,

Hopping up and down my garden path;

Then I heard it, then I heard it,

Waking up the neighbours with its laugh.

 

If you want to find a possum…

And it’s scooting out of the bush like this.

I saw it, I saw it,

Scooting up a tree in the pale moonlight;

Then I heard it, then I heard it,

Scrabbling in the roof all night.

 

If you want to find the animals, we know where they are,

I know where they are, we know where they are,

If you want to find the animals, we know where they are

Yes, they’re out there in our own back yard.

We’ve seen them, we’ve seen them,

In the gardens, parks and picnic places where we play;

And we’ve heard them, we’ve heard them,

Calling to us all “G’day!”

 

 


 

Inky pinky pumpkin pie O

 

What to do when something unwanted grabs hold of you? Send it as far away as possible wrapped up in a pumpkin pie – if you can!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


A pink pirhana in the pool is tugging my toe and won’t let go,

A pink pirhana in the pool is tugging my toe and won’t let go,

That pink pirhana in the pool will not let go but I’m no fool,

I’ll send it off to Istanbul;

In an inky pinky pumpkin pie.

 

An octopus in the deep blue sea is pulling my leg and won’t let go x2

An octopus in the deep blue sea will not let go but I’ll get free

And send it off to Tennessee;

In an inky pinky pumpkin pie.

 

A tiny flea with great big bite is nipping my knee and won’t let go! x2...

A tiny flea with a great big bite will not let go so I’ll grab that mite

And send it off to the Isle of Wight;

In an inky pinky pumpkin pie.

 

A boa constrictor smooth and sleek is squeezing me tight and won’t let go! x2

A boa constrictor smooth and sleek won’t let go so I will shriek

And send it off to Mozambique.

In an inky pinky pumpkin pie.

 

A vampire bat in a dark, dark cave is tugging my hair...

A vampire bat in a dark, dark cave won’t let go but I’ll be brave and send it to Spain with a smile and a wave.

In an inky pinky pumpkin pie.

 

A cockatoo at the Sydney zoo is pecking my nose and won’t let go x2

The cockatoo at the Sydney zoo will not let go so I’ll shout, “Shoo!”

And send it off to Wallamaroo;

In an inky pinky pumpkin pie.

 

I wish the fish, the octopus, the flea, the snake, the bat, the bird would let me go x2

I’ve been tickled and chased all over the place;

Now I’ll wiggle and jiggle and shiver and quake

And shake them all into a pastry case,

To make an inky pinky, slinky malinky, winky-blinky, rinky-dinky pumpkin pie;

A great big inky pinky pumpkin pie.

 


 

 

Kevin the Crow O

 

A baby play game with a lovely ¾ rhythm for rocking.

 

The big black corvid species that are found in Australia especially in Victoria are invariably ravens though they are still commonly called crows: https://geoffpark.wordpress.com/2013/07/07/sorry-but-we-dont-have-crows-around-here/

 

Rock baby from side to side. Tickle tummy and toes. Hold still. Lift up high. Pretend to take off nose and place thumb between fingers. Resume rocking.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


I’m Kevin the Crow, I fly high and low,

I’ll tickle your tummy and tickle your toes,

I’ll sit in a gum tree until the wind blow,

Up, up I’ll go soaring…

Then peck off your nose!

 

I’m a mischievous crow wherever I go,

In the bush and the creeks around old Bendigo.

2nd time

Watch out, I’m about, I’m a rascally rogue.

 

 


 

 

The sea sings to me O

 

 


What will the future hold if conservation of our sea life is not taken seriously?

Sitting on the beach with my two young grandsons I looked out to sea and wondered how many of the endangered creatures that lived there would be around when my grandchildren reached my own venerable age.

 

Make hand movements for the sea and each marine animal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The sea sings to me, the sea sings to me,

It sings of the dolphins so wild and so free,

So wild and so free, so wild and so free;

Of dolphins in peril, wherever they be.

 

The sea sings to me, the sea sings to me,

It sings of the turtles, way down gliding deep,

Way down gliding deep, way down gliding deep;

Of turtles in peril, wherever they be.

 

The sea sings to me, the sea sings to me,

It sings of the blue whales out there swimming free,

Out there swimming free, out there swimming free;

Of blue whales in peril, wherever they be.

 

The sea sings to me, the sea sings to me,

It sings of the dugongs that graze round the reefs,

That graze round the reefs, that graze round the reefs,

Of dugongs in peril, wherever they be.

 

The sea sings to me, the sea sings to you,

Of creatures in peril out there in the blue;

In shallows and deeps, in reefs, round the quays;

Singing, stay here forever, be wild and be free. X2

 


 

 

Whales can’t ride a bike O

 

There are many wonderful information books that will tell you some of the amazing facts about whales and what they really can do.

 

Make up more rhyming verses the more ridiculous the better.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whales can’t ride a bike but they can swim,

They can’t fly a kite but they can spin.

They can’t sing with us in a minibus,

But can snuggle up to an octopus!/ a fat walrus!

Watch the whale go SPLASH!

Yes, the whale just goes SPLASH!

 

Whales can’t toot a flute but they can hum,

They can’t wear a suit but they have fun.

They can’t shout hoorah in an open car,

But can travel far where the icebergs are!

Watch the whale go SPLASH!

Yes, the whale just goes SPLASH!

 

Whales can’t bake a cake but can eat krill,

They can’t ski or skate but they can trill.

They can’t play in snow with a friend they know,

But can boom hallo in the seas below!

Watch the whale go SPLASH!

Yes, the whale just goes SPLASH!

 

Children stand in a circle and mime movements.

 

 

 

 

 

Hold hands and move into the circle and raise hands high. Crouch and leap to the second ‘SPLASH!’ letting go of hands.

 

Repeat this sequence for each verse.



 

Who wants an octopus cuddle? O

 

We all like a cuddle but there are limits! Encourage children to make up more verses about animals they would not like to cuddle.

 

1. Move hands like the sea. Join thumbs so eight fingers wiggle like tentacles on toes, knees and nose. Put hands to the face and make a loud sneeze. Cuddle self.

2. Thumb and forefingers open and close like crocodile jaws. Then as above.

3. Put paws out in front. Stroke toes, knees and toes. Make a tiny sneeze and cuddle self.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Under the sea there’s an octopus,

An octopus, an octopus,

And under the sea that kind octopus,

Wants to give you an octopus cuddle.

It’s after your toes, it’s after your knees,

It’s after your nose with a wigglely ease;

But just in time comes a great big sneeze...

ATCHOO!

HOORAY! IT’S WIGGLED AWAY,

For we don’t want an octopus cuddle,

No, we don’t want an octopus cuddle!

 

Down in the swamp lives a crocodile,

A crocodile, a crocodile,

And down in the swamp that kind crocodile,

Wants to give you a crocodile cuddle.

It’s after your toes, it’s after your knees,

It’s after your nose with a snippety ease;

But just in time comes a great big sneeze...

ATCHOO!

HOORAY! IT’S WADDLED AWAY,

For we don’t want a crocodile cuddle,

No, we don’t want a crocodile cuddle!

 

Up in a gum tree sits a koala bear,

A koala bear, a koala bear,

And in the gum tree that kind koala bear,

Wants to give you a koala bear cuddle.

It’s after your toes, it’s after your knees,

It’s after your nose with a snufflely ease;

But all at once comes the teeniest sneeze...

ATCHOO!

HOORAY! IT’S STILL HERE,

For we all want a koala bear cuddle,

Yes, we all want a koala bear cuddle!

 

 

With Wynken, Blynken and Nod O

 

In 1889 the poet Eugene Field published a beautiful poem about these three wonderful characters; it was later set to music and filmed by Disney.

 

Wynken, Blynken and Nod have since become synonymous with bedtime as they sail and fish through the night sky in a wooden shoe. Find out more at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wynken,_Blynken,_and_Nod.

 

This song was inspired by a young relative, an Australian 2½ year old in his pyjamas at bedtime who had just discovered the moon and also loved to point at people and say ‘Ooh-oo!’ in order to get a reaction. Woe betides if you did not point back and answer ‘Ooh-oo!’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ben saw the moon in the night sky,

The moon saw Ben; winked an eye.

Oo-oo!” said Ben, “Oo-oo!” said the moon,

“I’ll sing you a soft lullaby,

I’ll sing you a soft lullaby.”

 

Chorus

With Wynken, Blynken and Nod,

Wynken, Blynken and Nod,

“We’ll rock you to sleep

As the stars skip and leap,”

Sang Wynken, Blynken and Nod.

 

Ben saw an owl in the night sky,

The owl saw Ben; winked an eye.

“Too-whit-too-woo!” said Ben, “Too-whit-too-woo!” said the owl,

“To the land of dreams we shall fly,

To the land of dreams we shall fly.” Chorus

 

Ben saw a cow the night sky,

The cow jumped over the moon.

“Moo-moo!” said Ben, “Moo-moo!” said the cow,

“See you in Sandy land soon,

See you in Sandy land soon.” Chorus

 

Ben saw those three little fellows,

Fishing up there so high.

Oo-oooo!” said Ben, “Oo-oooo!” said the three,

“Come sail in our boat through the sky,

Come sail in our boat through the sky.” Chorus

 


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