Category Archives: US

There’s a hole in the ground

This would be a useful one for car journeys with older children- the number of verses is limited only by your memory. There was a hole (there was a hole) In the middle of the ground (in the middle of … Continue reading

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Walk along John

This is from Ruth Crawford Seeger’s American Folksongs for Children. Come on boys, hush your talking All join hands and let’s go walking Walk along John, with your paper collar on Walk along John, with your paper collar on

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Rocking around the Christmas Tree

  The original of this was recorded by Brenda Lee when she was just 13- so I am calling this a children’s song for the sake of this blog. I’ve roped the family in for a bit of a sing … Continue reading

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Mary had a baby

A song from South Carolina which we sing every year when we go carol singing in Jigsaw. It’s on the Winter at Home CD too. Mary had a baby, oh Lord Mary had a baby, oh my Lord Mary had … Continue reading

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Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

A number one in 1949 and still loved today. Rudolph the red nosed reindeer, had a very shiny nose And if you ever saw him, you would even say it glowed All of the other reindeer, used to laugh and … Continue reading

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Bye ‘n bye

A traditional lullaby from Texas (found in Ruth Crawford Seeger’s book, at the Cecil Sharp House archive). Bye ‘n bye, bye ‘n bye Stars shining, number one, number two Number three, number four Bye ‘n bye, Good Lord Good Lord … Continue reading

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Who’s that knocking at the window?

I’ve been doing this song in my small sessions for years. It’s in Ruth Crawford Seeger’s book, American Folk Songs for Children (1948) and engages little hands very quickly. Who’s that knocking at the window? Who’s that knocking at the … Continue reading

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