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#295699 - Fri Feb 10 2006 07:56 PM Re: Children's songs
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Can't remember any other words and have possibly spelt it wrong but does anyone remember

Gin Gan Gooley Gooley Gooley Gooley Wash Wash (watch watch?) Gin Gan Gool Gin Gan Gool

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#295700 - Sat Feb 11 2006 04:52 AM Re: Children's songs
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The Irish Rovers had a number of songs that fit into this category. Dies anyone remember "The Unicorn"?

A long time ago when the earth was green,
There were more kinds of animals than you've ever seen,
They'd run around free while the earth was being born,
But the loveliest of them all was the Unicorn.

There were green alligators and long necked geese,
Some humpty-back camels and some chimpanzees,
Some cats and rats and elephants, but sure as you're born,
The loveliest of all was the Unicorn.
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#295701 - Sat Feb 11 2006 05:25 AM Re: Children's songs
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I always liked Daisy Daisy and There's a hole in my bucket, with the Runaway train! Puff the magic dragon was too sad for me...even now! Anyone remember a song which mentions "All's well for Morning Town many miles away"?Sure it was a children's song, but many years ago
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#295702 - Sat Feb 11 2006 06:07 AM Re: Children's songs
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"All's well for Morning Town many miles away"?Sure it was a children's song, but many years ago




Jane, "Morningtown Ride" was a big hit for The Seekers.
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#295703 - Sat Feb 11 2006 06:48 AM Re: Children's songs
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that figures thanks
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#295704 - Sat Feb 11 2006 07:42 AM Re: Children's songs
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Ging gang gooly gooly gooly gooly wotcher ing gang goo ing gang goo (twice)
Hayla hayla shayla hayla shayla shayla oo (twice)
shully wully shully wully shully wully shully wully oompah oompah oompah oompah (twice)
Ging gang gooly gooly gooly wotcher ing gang goo ing gang goo.

I never thought I'd find myself writing that...
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#295705 - Sat Feb 11 2006 10:22 AM Re: Children's songs
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Of course I remember the Unicorn song, Eraserhead. The lyrics were written by one of my favorite childrens' authors, Shel Silverstien. I believe it appears in poem form in "Where the Sidewalk Ends".

Here are some scouting (that'd be Girl scounting for me...) songs I remember:

The Princess Pat (lived in a tree, and she sailed across...)
Alice the Camel
Make New Friends

I love rounds, so how about these (as rounds, that's important!)
Row Row Row your Boat
Dona Nobis Pacem (yes, this was a childrens' song. I learned it in school when I was 6.)
Babylon by Don McLean. I know this one is probably NOT a children's song by most people's standards, but my mother felt much the same about music as I do, with relation to children, and my sis and I were singing this in round with my mother at a very young age. Really, it fits all the requirements of a children's song, and it is quite lovely, even if it is perhaps slightly morbid.

Let see, then there are:
Someone's in the Kitchen with Dinah
This Land is Your Land
Froggy went a'courtin' (one of my personal favorites)
Itsy Bitsy Spider (and Teensy Weensy and Bigsy Wigsy)
My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean
Oh Susanna
Bicycle Built for Two

I also had a great record of nursery rhymes to music. I think most of these were traditional songs, and I knew them as spoken nursery rhymes until I listened to the record.
A Hunting We Will Go
Mistress Mary
Jack Sprat
There Was a Crooked House
London Bridge
Baa Baa Black Sheep

And how about the ones that build? Like:
There Was an Old Woman who Swallowed a Fly and
Green Grass Growin' all Around

Gosh, I'm surprised I can remember all of these. I could sit her all day and list songs I loved as a child. LOL.


Oh, and You are My Sunshine. I love that song. Someone dear used to sing it to me when I was a babe, but I don't remember who, and it always makes me a little sad.


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#295706 - Sat Feb 11 2006 10:51 AM Re: Children's songs
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It is amazing when you start to think about it just how many of the songs come back to you.

This land is you land
Buffalo Gals
When Johnny Comes marching home again
Father Abraham
Grand Old Duke of York
Boom Chica Boom
I've got sixpence
My Bonnie
Kum ba yah
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#295707 - Sat Feb 11 2006 11:21 AM Re: Children's songs
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It's great to remember all the children's songs from years ago!
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#295708 - Sun Feb 12 2006 05:10 AM Re: Children's songs
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that figures thanks




Jane, I may be wrong (I often am) but I thought that was exactly what this thread was all about, songs that you would consider children's songs that have been released as mainstream and/or been in in the charts or vice versa. Satguru, can you help me out (or make me like a goose)?
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#295709 - Sun Feb 12 2006 10:45 AM Re: Children's songs
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I began close to that, by pointing out that it shouldn't be exclusive to songs to label them as 'children's', as I and many other adults still enjoy listening to them. This was then demonstrated by the fact many songs did get high in the charts and though seemed like children's songs, had to appeal to more to sell so many copies.
The bottom line for me was to raise children's songs to a level where you needn't buy them 'for your kids' which you may well not have if you actually want to buy them for yourself. In my case I only discovered many of these long after my own childhood as they featured on the radio.

I don't think anyone's become a goose though
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#295710 - Sun Feb 12 2006 03:48 PM Re: Children's songs
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I don't think anyone's become a goose though




Phew
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#295711 - Mon Feb 13 2006 08:22 PM Re: Children's songs
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The Irish Rovers had a number of songs that fit into this category. Dies anyone remember "The Unicorn"?




My father and I did "The Unicorn" as a duet in a church talent show years ago. I learned it when I was real small.

Anyone remember "The Marvelous Toy" and "The Biplane Evermore", both also by the Irish Rovers?
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#295712 - Wed Feb 15 2006 09:51 AM Re: Children's songs
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The marvellous toy- went pssh when it moved and bang when it stopped and twang when it stood still (or similar noises ), is that the one? I think it was another Irishman, Val Doonican, who did it here, around 1960 something. It was a very big hit.
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#295713 - Wed Feb 15 2006 12:32 PM Re: Children's songs
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The song was written by Tom Paxton. I've seen it performed by Peter, Paul and Mary, who wrote Puff the Magic Dragon. (Well, there's a story there, but the lyrics were actually by a guy named Lenny Lipton, and Peter Yarrow wrote the music.) Anyway, good stuff!
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#295714 - Wed Feb 15 2006 04:28 PM Re: Children's songs
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I corresponded with the Irish Rovers from the time I was ten to the winter I turned fourteen...they even sent me a little toy koala bear when they went down under on tour one summer [I was so excited when I saw they gave Mike Douglas one just like it!]

I loved all their kid's songs ...Lilly the Pink...The Biplane, EverMore, ...The Unicorn...so many others I haven't thought of in such a long time. Thank you for bringing them up. What a terrific memory!
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#295715 - Wed Feb 15 2006 05:02 PM Re: Children's songs
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Anyone remember Tom Lehrer's kiddy song "Pollution"? When I was younger, I had a tape of nature songs for kids called "Nature Nuts" and "Pollution" was on side 2. This resulted in my father getting me hooked on Lehrer's more "mature" music later.

"If you visit American city,
You will find it very pretty.
Just two things of which you must beware:
Don't drink the water and don't breathe the air!

Pollution, pollution,
You can use the latest toothpaste,
Then rinse your mouth with industrial waste!"
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#295716 - Thu Feb 16 2006 10:34 AM Re: Children's songs
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I don't know of the Irish Rovers kt, but Scaffold did Lily the Pink here, as well as Thank you very much, and featured Paul McCartney's brother. Lily the Pink was a traditional Liverpool song, and the other two in the group were the mainly children's poet Roger McGough (second only to Michael Rosen for me) and the comedian John Gorman. But the Liverpool group you also reminded me of were the Spinners, didn't do children's songs but folk, and I was reminded as they were good friends of my family who owned a music shop. They used to have little sessions there sometimes and regularly popped in for tea. And the tall one (double bass I think) was tall!
I always enjoyed their music anyway, and it was a great honour to find them in the shop one day when I was visiting, and saw them many times after that!
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#295717 - Thu Feb 16 2006 06:23 PM Re: Children's songs
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Yes, the Rovers took a lot of traditional UK songs and made them known internationally. As a result, I grew up singing a lot of rather obscure Irish / Scot ditties that made my school chums look puzzled...

Donald, Where's Your Trousers

The Wind That Shakes the Corn

Black Velvet Band

On the Banks of New Foundland

Mrs.Crandall's Boardinghouse

Hovan Hovan Gurie Och Foe[ Sp?]

The Orange and the Green....and the one you mentioned,too -[ plus dozens more]

Thank You Very Much



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#295718 - Thu Feb 16 2006 07:14 PM Re: Children's songs
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The Wind That Shakes the Corn

Black Velvet Band

On the Banks of New Foundland

Mrs.Crandall's Boardinghouse...

The Orange and the Green




I grew up with those to. My father was raised in Alaska back when they only got Canadian TV, so he got a rather heavy dose of Irish Rovers when he was young and he passed the condition on to me.

Anyone remember "The Cat Came Back", and "Ghost Riders in the Sky"? I had a Fred Penner tape with those on it when I was younger. "Ghost Riders" used to kinda scare me .
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#295719 - Thu Feb 16 2006 07:34 PM Re: Children's songs
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You mean 'Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer' isn't a traditional Irish song?
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#295720 - Thu Feb 16 2006 07:53 PM Re: Children's songs
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Fred Penner. Wow that brings back some memories.

Everything Is Ticketty-Boo
There's A Hole In The Bottom Of The Sea
The Cat Came Back
Oo Babba Loo

Dang it now I am going to have Everything is Tickety-Boo running through my head all night.
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#295721 - Thu Feb 16 2006 07:59 PM Re: Children's songs
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You mean 'Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer' isn't a traditional Irish song?




Huh? "GGRObaR" was Irish?
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#295722 - Thu Feb 16 2006 08:52 PM Re: Children's songs
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Well it was recorded by the Irish Rovers. The bit about it being an Irish folk song was a joke!
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#295723 - Tue Feb 21 2006 07:26 PM Re: Children's songs
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Here's one of my favourites, Coulter's Candy. I read it was based on a real person, though possibly with a different name, and I think it was based in Edinburgh though I'm sure someone will know the exact history. Definitely Scottish though!

Hereís auld coulter cominí roon,
wi a basket on his croon.
Roon aní roon aboot the toon,
selliní Coulterís candy.
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Ally bally, ally bally bee.
Sittiní on yer mammyís knee.
Greetiní for a wee bawbee.
Tae buy some Coulterís candy

Livinís very hard the noo.
Faitherís signiní on the broo.
But mammyís got a penny for you,
tae buy some coulters candy.
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Hereís a penny, my bonnie wee lamb.
Doon the road, as fast as ye can.
Takí yer pennies tae Coulterís van,
tae buy some Coulterís candy.
Chorus
Puir wee soul, lookiní awfuí thin.
Just a rickle o' bones aní skin.
Now yere gettiní a double chin,
wií sookin Coulterís candy.
Chorus

and finally

bunny-foo-foo
Little bunny-foo-foo hopping through the forest
Picking up the field mice and kissing them on the head.
Down came the good fairy, and she said
Little bunny foo-foo, I don't like to see you
Picking up the field mice and kissing them on the head
I'll give you three chances and if you don't stop, I'll turn you into a goon!

Little bunny-foo-foo hopping through the forest
Picking up the field mice and kissing them on the head.
Down came the good fairy, and she said
Little bunny foo-foo, I don't like to see you
Picking up the field mice and kissing them on the head
I'll give you two more chances and if you don't stop, I'll turn you into a goon!

Little bunny-foo-foo hopping through the forest
Picking up the field mice and kissing them on the head.
Down came the good fairy, and she said
Little bunny foo-foo, I don't like to see you
Picking up the field mice and kissing them on the head
I'll give you one more chance and if you don't stop, I'll turn you into a goon!

Little bunny-foo-foo hopping through the forest
Picking up the field mice and kissing them on the head.
Down came the good fairy, and she said
Little bunny foo-foo, I don't like to see you
Picking up the field mice and kissing them on the head
I gave you three chances and you didn't stop, so poof you're a goon!

And the moral of the story is 'Hare today, goon tomorrow!


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