Miss Lucy’s Playground Songs

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I have found a ton of versions to this song and from those I have pieced together when I remember from how I used to sing this song.

An Austrian went yodeling on a mountain so high
When along came a cuckoo bird interrupting his cry
Oh, lay-dee
Yo-de-lay-he
Yo-de-lay-he-who cuckoo
Yo-de-lay-he-who
Yo-de-lay-he-who cuckoo
Yo-de-lay-he-who oh-ley

An Austrian went yodeling on a mountain so high
When along came an avalanche interrupting his cry
Oh, lay-dee
Yo-de-lay-he
Yo-de-lay-he who cuckoo swish-swish
Yo-de-lay-he-who
Yo-de-lay-he-who cuckoo swish-swish
Yo-de-lay-he-who oh-ley

An Austrian went yodeling on a mountain so high
When along came a grizzly bear interrupting his cry

Oh, lay-dee
Yo-de-lay-he
Yo-de-lay-he who cuckoo swish-swish grrr
Yo-de-lay-he-who
Yo-de-lay-he-who cuckoo swish-swish grrr
Yo-de-lay-he-who oh-ley

An Austrian went yodeling on a mountain so high
When along came a maiden interrupting his cry

Oh, lay-dee
Yo-de-lay-he
Yo-de-lay-he-who cuckoo swish-swish grrr kiss-kiss
Yo-de-lay-he-who
Yo-de-lay-he-who cuckoo swish-swish grrr kiss-kiss
Yo-de-lay-he-who oh-ley

An Austrian went yodeling on a mountain so high
When along came a St. Bernard interrupting his cry

Oh, lay-dee
Yo-de-lay-he
Yo-de-lay-he-who cuckoo swish-swish grrr kiss-kiss arf-arf
Yo-de-lay-he-who
Yo-de-lay-he-who cuckoo swish-swish grrr kiss-kiss arf-arf
Yo-de-lay-he-who oh-ley

An Austrian went yodeling on a mountain so high
When along came a milk cow interrupting his cry

Oh, lay-dee
Yo-de-lay-he
Yo-de-lay-he-who cuckoo swish-swish grrr kiss-kiss arf-arf tiss-tiss
Yo-de-lay-he-who
Yo-de-lay-he-who cuckoo swish-swish grrr kiss-kiss arf-arf tiss-tiss
Yo-de-lay-he-who oh-ley

And so it goes from there with additional interruptions added on. I don’t know how the song ever ended.

There are hand motions too throughout the song but I don’t recall what they are.

Here are some of the other interruptions (that I have found on the Internet today) along with the sounds they make.

Skier (wooosh (or swooosh))
Ski jumper (swoosh)
Milking Maid (tsss tsss)
Pretty Girl (smack smack (like a kissing sound))
Puppy Dog (pant-pant)
Pussy Cat (meow-meow)
Jersey cow (squirt-squirt)
His Sweetheart (kiss-kiss)
Her Father (bang-bang (like a gun))
Volkswagen (beep beep)
Leader (quiet! (or be quiet))
Boy Scout (I don’t wanna.)
Scoutmaster (Do it anyway!)
Girl Scout (COOO-KIES (or Cookies Anyone?)
Mother-in-law (bang)
St. Peter (flutter-flutter)
Two Cuckoo Birds (action: two finger snaps)
Three Cuckoo Birds (action: three finger snaps)
Saint Bernard (alternate: pant, pant)

The yodeling itself varies greatly. To show a few…

Source: Kididdles Songs

Ho-li-ah Ho-le-rah-hi-hi-ah
Ho-le-rah-cuckoo
(Rumble, rumble)

Source: Wee Sing

Ho-li-ah, ho-le-rah-hi-hi-ah
Ho-le-rah cuckoo (“rumble, rumble”),
Ho-le-rah-hi-hi-ah
Ho-le-rah cuckoo (“rumble, rumble”),
Ho-le-rah-hi-hi-ah
Ho-le-rah cuckoo (“rumble, rumble”),
Ho-le-rah-hi-hi-ah-ho.

Source: GS Music

Ho-li-ah, ho-li-ah cu-ki-ah, ho-li-ah cuc-koo ( rumble, rumble)
Ho-li-ah, cu-ki-ah, ho-li-ah cuc-koo ( rumble, rumble)
Ho-li-ah, cu-ki-ah, ho-li-ah cuc-koo ( rumble, rumble)
Ho-li-ah, cu-ki-ah, ho.

Source: Lyrics Time

Ho-li-ah, ho-le-rah-hi-hi-ah
Ho-le-rah cuckoo (“rumble, rumble”),
Ho-le-rah-hi-hi-ah
Ho-le-rah cuckoo (“rumble, rumble”),
Ho-le-rah-hi-hi-ah
Ho-le-rah cuckoo (“rumble, rumble”),
Ho-le-rah-hi-hi-ah-ho.

Source: UK Songs

Yo -oh -oh…..
Yo – del – ay – dee,
Yo – del – ay – dee (ssh-ssh)
Yo – del – ay – dee,
Yo – del – ay – dee (ssh-ssh)
Yo – del – ay – dee,
Yo – del – ay – dee – Yo!

Source: Silly Songs
Source: Scountorama

Yoooo-de-yo
Yodel-lay-hee-hoo, Yodel-lay-hee-swoosh, GRRRRR (3X)
Yodel lay-hee-hoo, yoooooooo.

Source: Sing Along With Me

Yo -oh -oh…..
Yo – del – ay – dee,
Yo – del – ay – dee (ssh-ssh)
Yo – del – ay – dee,
Yo – del – ay – dee (ssh-ssh)
Yo – del – ay – dee,
Yo – del – ay – dee – Yo!

Source: April Valley

Yo – Le – Ah …
Yo-de-le-ah ke-kea, yodeleah koo-koo;
Yo-de-le-ah ke-kea, yodeleah koo-koo;
Yo-de-le-ah ke-kea, yodeleah koo-koo;
Yo-de-le-ah ke-kea, ah yo.

Source: Troop 1440

Yo-delayyy, keeee….
Yo-delayy ki ki, you-delayy ki koo (swish!)
Yo-delayy ki ki, you-delayy ki koo (swish!)
Yo-delayy ki ki, you-delayy ki koo (swish!)
Yo-delayy ki ki, yo!

Source: Songs Skits and Yells

Oh, dear-ie, O-der-rock-ke-keery
O-der-reock-ke-kee (Shoo.. sound of avalanche)
O-der-rock-ke-keery
O-der-reock-ke-kee (Shoo.. sound of avalanche)
O-der-rock-ke-keery
O-der-reock-ke-kee (Shoo.. sound of avalanche)
O-der-rock-ke-keery -O

Oh lady,
O la ra ka kiri, o la ra cuckoo-cuckoo
O la ra ka kiri, o la ra cuckoo-cuckoo
O la ra ka kiri, o la ra cuckoo-cuckoo
O la ra ka kiri-o

I found this Austrian Went Yodelling AOL video of it that is pretty good.

When I was in camp as a child, we sang this song. There are a number of variations of this song on the internet, but this is the basic idea.

I created the following version as a compilation from a number of ones out there. It resembles closest to what I remember us singing.

One person leads, the rest of the group repeats each line after (action: slap hands on thighs like walking)

Goin’ on a bear hunt
(kids echo: bear hunt)

Gonna catch a big one
(kids echo: a big one)

I’m not afraid
(action: shake head no)

What’s that up ahead
(action: shade eyes with hand, look around)

A field.
Can’t go around it
(kids echo: around it)
Can’t go under it
(kids echo: under it)
Can’t go over it
(kids echo: over it it)
Gotta go through it
(action: rub hands together)
(kids echo: though it)

A lake
Can’t go around it
(kids echo: around it)
Can’t go under it
(kids echo: under it)
Can’t go over it
(kids echo: over it it)
Gotta swim through it
(action: rub hands together)
(kids echo: though it)
(action: swimming motion)

A tree
Can’t go around it
(kids echo: around it)
Can’t go under it
(kids echo: under it)
Gotta climb go over it
(kids echo: over it it)
(action: climbing motion)

A cave
Can’t go around it
(kids echo: around it)
Can’t go under it
(kids echo: under it)
Can’t go over it
(kids echo: over it it)
Gotta go in it
(kids echo: in it)
(action: reaching out in the dark)

Cold in here.
Dark in here.
I feel something Hairy!
It’s a bear!

run away, through actions backward
Out of the cave (you can see)
A tree ( climbing motion)
A lake (swimming motion)
A field (rub hands together)

Whew!
We’re home.
I’m not afraid!

Here is a great video version of it by Michael Rosen:

I found a version that is a lion hunt instead of a bear hunt.

Source: NIH

E-ze-kiel cried, “Dem dry bones!”
E-ze-kiel cried, “Dem dry bones!”
E-ze-kiel cried, “Dem dry bones!”
Oh hear the word of the Lord.

(tune ascends up in half steps, as in midi)

The foot bone con-nected to the (pause) leg-bone,
The leg bone connected to the (‘) knee bone,
The knee bone connected to the (‘) thigh bone,
The thigh bone connected to the (‘) back bone,
The back bone connected to the (‘) neck bone
The neck bone connected to the (‘) head bone
Oh hear the word of the Lord!

Dem bones, dem bones gon-na walk a-roun’
Dem bones, dem bones gon-na walk a-roun’
Dem bones, dem bones gonna walk aroun’
Oh hear the word of the Lord

(tune descends in half steps and we retrace the body)

The head-bone connected to the neck-bone,
the neck-bone connected to the back-bone
The backbone connected to the thigh-bone
the thighbone connected to the kee-bone
the kneebone connected to the leg bone
the leg bone connected to the foot bone
Oh hear the word of the Lord

I remember the first part being something closer to:

Dem bones. Dem bones. Dem dry bones.
Dem bones. Dem bones. Dem dry bones.
Dem bones. Dem bones. Dem dry bones.
Oh hear the word of the Lord.

From the web site Sponder Works…

You put your right hand in
You put your right hand out
You put your right hand in and you shake it all about
You do the hokey pokey and you turn yourself about
That’s what it’s all about!

Verse #2 – left hand
Verse #3 – right foot
Verse #4 – left foot
Verse #5 – head
Verse #6 – whole body

I don’t know why I didn’t remember this one till now. As a young kid, this was always a fun song to sing because we could belt it out. And I think there was marching and swinging your arms. This version of the song is from NIH.

You’re a grand old flag,
You’re a high flying flag
And forever in peace may you wave.
You’re the emblem of
The land I love.
The home of the free and the brave.

Ev’ry heart beats true
‘neath the Red, White and Blue,
Where there’s never a boast or brag.
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
Keep your eye on the grand old flag.

Turns out, in looking at Wikipedia, I see that the song I know (see above) is just part of a much longer song written by George M. Cohan in 1906. Here is the longer version.

Verse 1

There’s a feeling comes a-stealing,
And it sets my brain a-reeling,
When I’m listening to the music of a military band.
Any tune like “Yankee Doodle”
Simply sets me off my noodle,
It’s that patriotic something that no one can understand.

“Way down south, in the land of cotton,”
Melody untiring,
Ain’t that inspiring?

Hurrah! Hurrah! We’ll join the jubilee!
And that’s going some, for the Yankees, by gum! [1]
Red, white and blue, I am for you!
Honest, you’re a grand old flag!

Verse 2

I’m no cranky hanky panky,
I’m a dead square, honest Yankee,
And I’m mighty proud of that old flag
That flies for Uncle Sam.
Though I don’t believe in raving
Ev’ry time I see it waving,
There’s a chill runs up my back that makes me glad I’m what I am.

Here’s a land with a million soldiers,
That’s if we should need ’em,
We’ll fight for freedom!

Hurrah! Hurrah! For every Yankee tar[2]
And old G.A.R.
Ev’ry stripe, ev’ry star.
Red, white and blue,
Hats off to you
Honest, you’re a grand old flag!

Chorus

You’re a grand old flag,
You’re a high flying flag
And forever in peace may you wave.

You’re the emblem of
The land I love.
The home of the free and the brave.

Ev’ry heart beats true
‘neath the Red, White and Blue,[3]
Where there’s never a boast or brag.

But should auld acquaintance be forgot,
Keep your eye on the grand old flag.

Hello everyone! Happy New Year!

I’ve been singing this song lately. It is another one from my youth. All the words, I found on Songs for Teaching. It was written by Carol Johnson.

Love grows, one by one
Two by two and four by four
Love grows ’round like a circle
And comes back knocking at your front door.

Note by note we make a song
Voice by voice we sing it…..

Love grows, one by one
Two by two and four by four
Love grows ’round like a circle
And comes back knocking at your front door.

So let me take your hand, my friend
We’ll each take the hand of another…..

Love grows, one by one
Two by two and four by four
Love grows ’round like a circle
And comes back knocking at your front door.

Source: Kididdles

(Start with hands behind back)
Where is thumbkin?
Where is thumbkin?
Here I am
(Bring right hand to front, with thumb up)
Here I am.
(Bring left hand to front, with thumb up)
How are you this morning?
Very well, I thank you.
(Wiggle thumbs as if they’re ‘talking’ to each other)
Run away
(Hide right hand behind back)
Run away.
(Hide left hand behind back)

I recall this song ending with the line:

Run away. Run and play.

Check out this video found on YouTube with Cullen. She is so cool.

On another web site, Sponder Works, I see that there are other verses. I think I knew the pointer one but the others are new to me.

Where is thumbkin, where is thumkin?
Here I am, here I am
How are you today sir?
Very well I thank you
Run away, run away

Where is pointer, where is pointer?
Here I am, here I am
How are you today sir?
Very well I thank you
Run away, run away

Where is tall man, where is tall man?
Here I am, here I am
How are you today sir?
Very well I thank you
Run away, run away

Where is ring man, where is ring man?
Here I am, here I am
How are you today sir?
Very well I thank you
Run away, run away

Where is pinky, where is pinky?
Here I am, here I am
How are you today sir?
Very well I thank you
Run away, run away

Where’s whole family, where’s whole family?
Here we are, here we are
How are you today?
Very well we thank you
Run away, run away

Sponder Works has another version to that goes:

Oh, where is thumbkin, where is thumbkin, where could thumbkin be?
Oh, here I am, oh here I am as you can plainly see
How are you today?
Very well I thank you
Run, run away


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