Playlist

Click on each song title to see a description of the playlist and a bit of background info.

Scroll down for the lyrics.

I wrote this song as fun opener for the album, mentioning a whole host of kids, and encouraging all kids to find their own song and join in. The opening phrases, with the child’s own name, serve to welcome them right into the music.

This is always a favourite with kids, and the simple actions delight them every time. This song uses the cello to show Incy sliding up and down the water spout. Listen for Incy jumping off at the end!

Young kids will love to sit on your knee with this one, and older kids can enjoy riding around the room with the ladies, the gentlemen, and the farmers. At the end of the song – ‘down into the ditch’ – lower young kids backwards off your lap, or tell older kids to slither downwards to the floor!

A gentle song about watching windmills, which builds to three beautiful, separate voices all weaving magic harmonies. Great to listen to while blowing rainbow twirly windmills.

A very active song which tells you what to do the whole way through. Kids will be marching, jumping, hopping, walking backwards, and dancing around the room before you know it. Featuring the saxophone.

A famous song with a very silly twist. See if you can keep up with the kids.

I wrote this for my nephew Zachary’s 5th birthday, as he was a big fan of traffic lights. Yes, you will find yourself singing it in the car.

A classic song which all kids love. Start them off lying down on the ground, ‘sleeping’. They can jump up at ‘Wake up!’, and then do the actions of whichever creature it is – Bunnies, Froggies, Dinosaurs, Butterflies… make up your own. Pirates? Bumble bees? Sausages? Try this at a birthday party. 

An excellent song for getting your kids to get in bed and stay in bed. I have had many parents tell me that their kids request this song regularly at bed time; and sometimes it’s not just Dolly and Teddy who are in bed, but all the other soft toys who need a verse as well. Good luck!

This traditional song is a little bit magic. Kids everywhere light up when they hear it. My rendition here features my son singing, aged two. Kids love to hear another very young child singing aloud – and so will you. 🙂

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Lyrics

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The Friendship Band

Hello [ Name ], it’s wonderful to see you.

Hello [ Name ], won’t you come on in.

Today is a day when we will sing a song together.

Come on everyone and join in.

Come on everyone and join in.

Come on in.

And sing, sing, sing, when you are happy,

Sing, sing, sing, when you are sad,

Sing a song of sixpence together,

come and join the song with our Friendship Band.

Here’s a song for [ Name ] (la la la, lala)

and a song for Josie (dooby-doo-waa)

here’s a song for Wiremu (do re mi fa so)

and a song for Tyler (la ti do).

Now we sing it quietly, now we sing it loudly,

everyone together, sing it out proudly.

Sing, sing, sing, when you are happy,

Sing, sing, sing when you are sad,

Sing a song of sixpence together,

come and join the song with our Friendship Band.

Here’s a song for Sophie (shooby-do-wa)

and a song for Aroha (shoobee-doo-waa)

here’s a song for Marco (ra ba da ba ba da)

and a song for Trini (la la la la la la)

Sing, sing, sing, when you are happy,

Sing, sing, sing when you are sad,

Sing a song of sixpence together,

sing, sing, sing – here’s a song for David,

sing, sing, sing – and a song for Ramini,

sing, sing, sing – here’s a song for Stephanie,

sing, sing, sing – and a song for Christopher.

Sing a song of sixpence together,

everyone has a song in the Friendship Band.

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Incy-Wincy Spider

[ Name ] did you hear Incy-wincy climb the spout?

Then down came the rain and washed poor Incy out.

Out came the sunshine and dried up all the rain.

And Incy-wincy spider went up the spout again.

Incy-wincy spider went up the water spout.

Down came the rain and washed poor Incy out.

Out came the sunshine and dried up all the rain.

And Incy-wincy spider went up the spout again.

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This is the Way

This is the way that [ Name ] rides, trippitee-trot, trippitee-trot,
This is the way that [ Name ] rides, trippitee-trippitee-trot.


This is the way the ladies ride, trippitee-tee, trippitee-tee,
This is the way the ladies ride, trippitee-trippitee-tee.

This is the way the gentlemen ride, gallopy-gallop, gallopy-gallop,
This is the way the gentlemen ride, gallopy-gallopy-gallop.

This is the way the farmers ride, jiggety-jog, jiggety-jog,
This is the way the farmers ride, jiggety-jiggety-jog.

And down into the ditch…. 


(Repeat whole song)

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Circle Song

[ Name ], [ Name ], march ’round the ring-a-ring,

[ Name ], [ Name ], march ’round the ring-a-ring,

[ Name ], [ Name ], march ’round the ring-a-ring,

Stop! and spin. 

Clap your hands, march around the ring-a-ring,

Clap your hands, march around the ring-a-ring,

Clap your hands, march around the ring-a-ring,

Stop! Listen! Here’s the next thing.

Jumping, jumping, jump ’round the ring-a-ring,

Jumping, jumping, jump ’round the ring-a-ring,

Jumping, jumping, jump ’round the ring-a-ring,

Stop! and spin. 

Clap your hands, jump around the ring-a-ring,

Clap your hands, jump around the ring-a-ring,

Clap your hands, jump around the ring-a-ring,

Stop! Listen! Here’s the next thing.

Hopping, hopping, hop ’round the ring-a-ring,

Hopping, hopping, hop ’round the ring-a-ring,

Hopping, hopping, hop ’round the ring-a-ring,

Stop! and spin. 

Clap your hands, hop around the ring-a-ring,

Clap your hands, hop around the ring-a-ring,

Clap your hands, hop around the ring-a-ring,

Stop! Listen! Here’s the next thing.

Backwards, backwards, back ’round the ring-a-ring,

Backwards, backwards, back ’round the ring-a-ring,

Backwards, backwards, back ’round the ring-a-ring,

Stop! and spin. 

Clap your hands, backwards ’round the ring-a-ring,

Clap your hands, backwards ’round the ring-a-ring,

Clap your hands, backwards ’round the ring-a-ring,

Now’s your chance to dance and do your own thing…

Clap your hands, dance around the ring-a-ring,

Clap your hands, dance around the ring-a-ring,

Clap your hands, dance around the ring-a-ring,

Dance and do your thing, 

Dance and do your thing, 

Dance around the ring.

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Windmill Song

First part:

The wind turns my windmill round and round and round,

turns my windmill round and round and round,

turns my windmill round.

 

Second part:

See my windmill turn round and round

See my windmill turn round and round. 

 

Third part:

See my windmill turn round and round

See my windmill turn around,

See it turn around and around.

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Heads, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes

[  Name ], here’s a song for you,

see what you can do,

point to all these parts of your body:

 

Heads, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes, Knees and Toes,

Heads, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes, Knees and Toes,

and Eyes and Ears and Mouth and Nose,

Heads, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes, Knees and Toes.

 

Heads, Shoulders, Knees, and * , Knees and *,

Heads, Shoulders, Knees, and *, Knees and *,

and Eyes and Ears and Mouth and Nose,

Heads, Shoulders, Knees, and *, Knees and *.

 

Heads, #, Knees, and * , Knees and *,

Heads, #, Knees, and *, Knees and *,

and Eyes and Ears and Mouth and Nose,

Heads, #, Knees, and *, Knees and *.

 

Heads, #, !, and * , !, and *,

Heads, #, !, and *, !, and *,

and Eyes and Ears and Mouth and Nose,

Heads, #, !, and *, !, and *.

 

@, #, !, and * , !, and *,

@, #, !, and *, !, and *,

and Eyes and Ears and Mouth and Nose,

Heads, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes, Knees and Toes!

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Sleeping Bunnies

Sleeping [   Name   ], ’til it’s nearly noon,

Come let us wake him/her with a merry tune.

Oh so still, is he/she ill? Wake up, [   Name ]!

 

Up everybody, up, up, up,

Up everybody, up, up, up,

Up everybody, up, up, up,

Up everybody, up, up, up.

 

Sleeping Bunnies, ’til it’s nearly noon,

Come let us wake them with a merry tune.

Oh so still, are they ill? Wake up, Bunnies! 

 

Hop little Bunnies, hop, hop, hop,

Hop little Bunnies, hop, hop, hop,

Hop little Bunnies, hop, hop, hop,

Hop little Bunnies, hop, hop, hop.

 

Sleeping Froggies, ’til it’s nearly noon,

Come let us wake them with a merry tune.

Oh so still, are they ill? Wake up, Froggies! 

 

Jump little Froggies, jump, jump, jump,

Jump little Froggies, jump, jump, jump,

Jump little Froggies, jump, jump, jump,

Jump little Froggies, jump, jump, jump.

 

Sleeping Dinosaurs, ’til it’s nearly noon,

Come let us wake them with a merry tune.

Oh so still, are they ill? Wake up, Dinosaurs! 

 

Stomp little Dinosaurs, stomp, stomp, stomp,

Stomp little Dinosaurs, stomp, stomp, stomp,

Stomp little Dinosaurs, stomp, stomp, stomp,

Stomp little Dinosaurs, stomp, stomp, stomp!

 

Sleeping Butterflies, ’til it’s nearly noon,

Come let us wake them with a merry tune.

Oh so still, are they ill? Wake up, Butterflies! 

 

Fly Butterflies, fly, fly, fly,

Fly Butterflies, fly, fly, fly,

Fly Butterflies, fly, fly, fly,

Fly Butterflies, fly, fly, fly!

 

Sleeping Bunnies, ’til it’s nearly noon,

Come let us wake them with a merry tune.

Oh so still, are they ill? Wake up, Bunnies! 

 

Hop little Bunnies, hop, hop, hop,

Hop little Bunnies, hop, hop, hop,

Hop little Bunnies, hop, hop, hop,

Hop little Bunnies, Hop…Hop…Hop!

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Traffic Lights

Red, orange, green, 

Red, orange, green, 

Red, orange, green…

 

[  Name ], [  Name ], do you like traffic lights?

Red and orange and green.

They say ‘stop’, they say ‘go’, they say ‘stop soon, so go slow’.

How many traffic lights have you seen?

 

Red is the easy one, red means stop.

Don’t try to sneak through, you might meet a cop!

You must wait, wait, wait, while the red light’s on.

While you are waiting you could sing this song: 

 

Traffic lights, traffic lights, so many traffic lights,

Red and orange and green.

They say ‘stop’, they say ‘go’, they say ‘stop soon, so go slow’,

how many traffic lights have you seen?

 

Orange is the tricky one, stop is the rule, 

but if you’re already too close to it, ride on through.

You’ve got to keep your wits about you, so you know what’s what,

when the light turns orange and you need to stop.

 

Traffic lights, traffic lights, so many traffic lights,

Red and orange and green.

They say ‘stop’, they say ‘go’, they say ‘stop soon, so go slow’,

how many traffic lights have you seen?

 

Green is the speedy one, green means ‘Go!’

When you’re waiting at the lights and it seems so slow,

you’ve got to be a little patient, and try not to whine, 

just wait for the moment when the green light shines. 

 

Traffic lights, traffic lights, so many traffic lights,

Red and orange and green.

They say ‘stop’, they say ‘go’, they say ‘stop soon, so go slow’,

how many traffic lights have you seen?

 

Traffic lights, traffic lights, so many traffic lights,

Red and orange and green.

They say ‘stop’, they say ‘go’, they say ‘stop soon, so go slow’,

how many traffic lights, how many traffic lights, how many traffic lights have you seen?

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Dolly's in Bed

[ Name ]’s in bed, [ Name ]’s asleep.

What can you hear, when you listen with your ear?

Not a peep!

Time for the stars to twinkle,

time for the moon to shine so bright.

[ Name ]’s in bed, [ Name ]’s asleep.

Good night [ Name ], Good night!

Dolly’s in bed, Dolly’s asleep.

What can you hear, when you listen with your ear?

Not a peep!

Time for the stars to twinkle,

time for the moon to shine so bright.

Dolly’s in bed, Dolly’s asleep.

Good night Dolly, Good night!

Dolly’s in bed, Dolly’s asleep.

What can you hear, when you listen with your ear?

Not a peep!

Time for the stars to twinkle,

time for the moon to shine so bright.

Dolly’s in bed, Dolly’s asleep.

Good night Dolly, Good night!

Teddy’s in bed, Teddy’s asleep.

What can you hear, when you listen with your ear?

Not a peep!

Time for the stars to twinkle,

time for the moon to shine so bright.

Teddy’s in bed, Teddy’s asleep.

Good night Teddy, Good night!

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Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Twinkle Twinkle little star,

how I wonder what you are.

Up above the world so high,

like a diamond in the sky,

twinkle twinkle little star,

how I wonder what you are.