The Songs We Sing: Top Posts

The Songs We Sing is a free children’s song directory.  Below are a new additions, popular posts, top searches and most active posts.  I hope you enjoy the resources you find.  If you are having trouble finding a particular resource, please let me know.  I would be glad to help.

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Sweetly Sings the Donkey | Free Piano Sheet Music, Lyrics, and Video

Sweetly Sings the Donkey is a single-verse song that is usually sung as a round, which is sometimes referred to as a perpetual/infinite canon. This means that at the unison, at least 3 voices sing the exact same melody and may continue singing it in an infinite loop. However, each voice begins at a different time so that the different voices coincide in different parts of the melody with the harmony still fitting together perfectly.

The origin of the song is largely unknown, but it is believed to come from England. Some variations on the lyrics of the silly song have included other animals such as magpies, dodos, and dolphins. The song is also discussed in one chapter of Harper Lee’s best-selling classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird. In the story, singing the song is frowned upon by state-appointed teachers because of how it is closely associated with the upbringing of rural children.

Lyrics for ‘Sweetly Sings the Donkey’

Sweetly sings the donkey
At the break of day.
If you do not feed him
This is what he’ll say,
“Hee Haw, Hee Haw.
Hee Haw, Hee Haw.”

Print Beginner Piano Sheet Music

Here’s an awesome arrangement of ‘Sweetly Sings the Donkey’ for beginner piano solo. There’s an mp3 on the site that piano students can listen to as they practice this piece. The arrangement is available to print in PDF format.

Sweetly Sings the Donkey for Beginner Piano Solo

Sing-a-long Video for ‘Sweetly Sings the Donkey’

Check out this fun video for ‘Sweetly Sings the Donkey’ from
JCRiseDemo on YouTube. Watch it or sing with your kids!

Down By the Station | Piano Sheet Music, Lyrics, Guitar Chords, Video

Down By the Station (sometimes referred to as Down at the Station) is a popular children’s music standard. It is said to have been written in 1948 by Lee Ricks and Slim Gaillard.  However, there are those who say that the song may have already existed prior to that since it was found in a 1931 copy of Recreation magazine.

The most well-known version of the song was the one performed by American jazz musician Tommy Dorsey, who was considered the bandleader of the big band era and known for being the “Sentimental Gentleman of Swing”. The chorus of Down By The Station seems to be very similar to another popular French-Canadian folk song called Alouette.

It is possible that the song may have been the inspiration behind Edward’s Day Out, which was one of the stories in Reverend Wilbert Awdry’s book The Three Railway Engines. This book started what became the Railway Series. The characters and stories from this set of 42 books became the basis of the widely popular children’s television series Thomas & Friends.

Lyrics for ‘Down By the Station’

Down by the station,
Early in the morning,
See the little puffer bellies,
All in a row.

See the engine driver,
Pull the little handle,
Chug, chug, woo, woo,
Off we go!

(Alternate Lyrics for ‘Down by the Station’)

Down by the station
Early in the morning
See the little pufferbellies
All in a row

See the station master
Turn the little handle
Chug chug puff puff
Off they go

Down by the station
Early in the morning
See the shiny train cars
All in a row

Waitin’ to get hitched up
And go on their adventure
Chug chug puff puff
Off they go

Down by the station
Early in the morning
See my favorite engine
Ready to tow

All the other train cars
Will follow on behind him
Chug chug puff puff
Off they go

Down by the station
Early in the morning
Climb on aboard
And hear the whistle blow

Mr. Conductor
Please take my ticket
Chug chug puff puff
Off they go

Down by the station
Early in the morning
See the little pufferbellies
All in a row

See the station master
Turn the little handle
Chug chug puff puff
Off they go

See the station master
Turn the little handle
Chug chug puff puff
Off they go
Chug chug puff puff
Off they go

Print Easy Piano Sheet Music

Here’s an awesome arrangement of ‘Down By the Station’ for easy piano solo. There’s an mp3 on the site that piano students can listen to as they practice this piece. The arrangement is available to print in PDF format.

Down By the Station for Easy Piano Solo

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Guitar Chords for ‘Down By the Station’

Ultimate-Guitar.com has guitar chords for ‘Down By the Station’ This site features many tools to make learning and playing the guitar fun, including an auto-scroll tool for hands-free guitar chords/lyrics advancing, and a transpose tool in case the music isn’t in the right key for your voice.

Down By the Station Guitar Chords

Sing-a-long Video for ‘Down By the Station’

Check out this wonderful video for ‘Down By the Station’ from The Kiboomers – Kids Music Channel on YouTube. Watch it or sing with your kids!

Polly Wolly Doodle | Piano Sheet Music, Lyrics, Guitar Chords, Video

The first ever performance of Polly Wolly Doodle was by Daniel Emmett’s Virginia Minstrels in the early 1840s at New York’s Bowery Amphitheatre. It has since become a popular children’s song and nursery rhyme. Its first publication was in 1880 as part of a Harvard student songbook.

Several versions and covers have been made of the song. Some of the more notables ones are those by Shirley Temple in the film The Littlest Rebel (1935), Julie Andrews in the opening sequence for S.O.B (1981), Alvin and the Chipmunks as part of their album The Chipmunk Songbook (1962), and Bing Crosby in a medley in his album 101 Gang Songs (1961).

Lyrics for ‘Polly Wolly Doodle’

Oh, I went down South for to see my Sal,
Singing Polly Wolly Doodle all the day.
My Sal, she is a spunky gal,
Sing Polly Wolly Doodle all the day.

Fare thee well, fare thee well,
Fare thee well my fairy Fay.
For I’m off to Lou’siana for to see my Susyanna,
Sing Polly Wolly Doodle all the day.

Oh, my Sal, she is a maiden fair,
Sing Polly wolly doodle all the day.
With curly eyes and laughing hair,
Sing Polly Wolly Doodle all the day.

Fare thee well, fare thee well,
fare thee well my fairy Fay.
for I’m off to Lou’siana for to see my Susyanna,
Sing Polly Wolly Doodle all the day.

Oh I like watermelon and I have for years,
Sing Polly wolly doodle all the day.
I eat watermelon because it gets upon my ears,
Sing Polly Wolly Doodle all the day.

Fare thee well, fare thee well,
Fare thee well my fairy Fay.
For I’m off to Lou’siana for to see my Susyanna,
Sing Polly Wolly Doodle all the day.

Oh, a grasshopper sittin’ on a railroad track,
Sing Polly Wolly Doodle all the day.
A pickin’ his teeth with a carpet tack,
Sing Polly Wolly Doodle all the day.

Fare thee well, fare thee well,
Fare thee well my fairy Fay.
I’m going to Lou’siana for to see my Susyanna,
Sing Polly Wolly Doodle all the day.

Behind the barn, down on my knees,
Sing Polly Wolly Doodle all the day.
I thought I heard a chicken sneeze,
Sing Polly Wolly Doodle all the day.

Oh he sneezed so hard with the whooping cough,
Sing Polly wolly doodle all the day.
He sneezed his head and his tail right off,
Sing Polly Wolly Doodle all the day.

Fare thee well, fare thee well,
Fare thee well my fairy Fay.
For I’m off to Lou’siana for to see my Susyanna,
Sing Polly Wolly Doodle,
Sing Polly Wolly Doodle,
Sing Polly Wolly Doodle all the day.

Print Beginner Piano Sheet Music

Here’s an awesome arrangement of ‘Polly Wolly Doodle’ for beginner piano solo. There’s an mp3 on the site that piano students can listen to as they practice this piece. The arrangement is available to print in PDF format.

Polly Wolly Doodle for Beginner Piano Solo

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Guitar Chords for ‘Polly Wolly Doodle’

Ultimate-Guitar.com has guitar chords for ‘Polly Wolly Doodle’ This site features many tools to make learning and playing the guitar fun, including an auto-scroll tool for hands-free guitar chords/lyrics advancing, and a transpose tool in case the music isn’t in the right key for your voice.

Polly Wolly Doodle Guitar Chords

Sing-a-long Video for ‘Polly Wolly Doodle’

Check out this awesome video for ‘Polly Wolly Doodle’ from Muffin Songs on YouTube. Watch it or sing with your kids!

La Bamba (Valens) | Piano & Guitar Sheet Music, Lyrics, Guitar Chords

The song La Bamba is one of those songs that, just by hearing the opening line, puts you in a fun and festive mood right away. Popularized by Mexican American rock and roll pioneer Ritchie Valens in 1958, the song was originally a folk song and lullaby in the state of Veracruz in Mexico.

Valens’ version of the song catapulted him to rock and roll stardom and earned him a place as the forefather of the Chicano rock movement. La Bamba also has the distinction of being the only non-English song to be included in the list of 500 Greatest Songs of All Time by Rolling Stone magazine, holding the 354th spot. Many artists have covered the song including Los Lobos, Trini Lopez, Harry Belafonte, and Glen Campbell.

Lyrics for ‘La Bamba’

Para bailar La Bamba
Para bailar La Bamba
Se necessita una poca de gracia

Una poca de gracia
Para mi, para ti, ay arriba, ay arriba
Ay, arriba arriba
Por ti sere, por ti sere, por ti sere

Yo no soy marinero
Yo no soy marinero, soy capitan
Soy capitan, soy capitan

Bamba, bamba
Bamba, bamba
Bamba, bamba, bam

Para bailar La Bamba
Para bailar La Bamba
Se necessita una poca de gracia

Una poca de gracia
Para mi, para ti, ay arriba, ay arriba
Para bailar La Bamba
Para bailar La Bamba
Se necessita una poca de gracia

Una poca de gracia
Para mi, para ti, ay arriba, ay arriba
Ay, arriba arriba
Por ti sere, por ti sere, por ti sere

Bamba, bamba
Bamba, bamba
Bamba, bamba

(English translation)

To dance the Bamba,
to dance the Bamba,
one needs a bit of grace.
A bit of grace for me, for you,
now come on, come on,
now come on, come on,
for you I’ll be, for you, I’ll be, for you I’ll be.

I’m not a sailor,
I’m not a sailor, I’m a captain.
I’m a captain, I’m a captain.
Bamba, bamba,
bamba, bamba,
bamba, bamba, bam…

To dance the Bamba,
to dance the Bamba,
one needs a bit of grace.
A bit of grace for me, for you,
now come on, come on.

Rrrraa-ha-haa…

To dance the Bamba,
to dance the Bamba,
one needs a bit of grace.
A bit of grace for me, for you,
now come on, come on,
now come on, come on,
for you I’ll be, for you I’ll be, for you I’ll be.

Bamba, bamba,
bamba, bamba,
bamba, bamba…

Print Easy Piano Sheet Music

Here’s an awesome arrangement of ‘La Bamba’ for easy piano solo. There’s an mp3 on the site that piano students can listen to as they practice this piece. The arrangement is available to print in PDF format.

La Bamba for Easy Piano Solo

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Print Easy Guitar Sheet Music (TABs)

Here’s an arrangement of ‘La Bamba’ for an easy guitar solo. Students can learn to read traditional music notation or TABS. There’s also an mp3 on the site so students can listen to the song as they practice.

La Bamba for Easy Guitar (TAB)

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Guitar Chords for ‘La Bamba’

Ultimate-Guitar.com has guitar chords for ‘La Bamba’ This site features many tools to make learning and playing the guitar fun, including an auto-scroll tool for hands-free guitar chords/lyrics advancing, and a transpose tool in case the music isn’t in the right key for your voice.

La Bamba Guitar Chords

Sing-a-long Video for ‘La Bamba’

Check out this awesome video for ‘La Bamba’ from JustinBieber on YouTube. Watch it or sing with your kids!

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Doctor Foster | Free Easy Piano Sheet Music (Mother Goose)

The nursery rhyme Doctor Foster is part if the Mother Goose collection of children’s songs and has been around since the late 19th century. In 1920, Boyd Smith suggested that the origin of the rhyme may be from the story of King Edward I’s travel to the Gloucester which is the county town in the South West of England. However, a variant of the rhyme in Gamer Gurton’s Garland published in 1810 makes the connection unlikely.

Other explanations point to an incident in Christopher Marlowe’s play Doctor Faustus where the title character ends up being called as Doctor Fauster after he conjured a straw into a horse which changed back to the straw in the middle of crossing the river, causing the rider to get soaked.

Lyrics for ‘Doctor Foster’

Doctor Foster went to Gloucester,
In a shower of rain;
He stepped in a puddle,
Right up to his middle,
And never went there again.

Print Easy Piano Sheet Music

Here’s an awesome arrangement of ‘Doctor Foster’ for easy piano solo. There’s an mp3 on the site that piano students can listen to as they practice this piece. The arrangement is available to print in PDF format.

Doctor Foster for Easy Piano Solo

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Print Free Beginner Guitar Sheet Music (TABs)

Here’s a free arrangement of ‘Doctor Foster’ for beginner guitar solo. Students can learn to read traditional music notation or TABS. There’s also an mp3 on the site so students can listen to the song as they practice.

Doctor Foster for Beginner Guitar (TAB)

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Sing-a-long Video for ‘Doctor Foster’

Check out this fun video for ‘Doctor Foster’ from Little Baby Bum on YouTube. Watch it or sing with your kids!

Pick a Bale of Cotton | Free Piano Sheet Music, Lyrics, Guitar Chords

Pick a Bale of Cotton is an American traditional folk song and spiritual. It began as a work song and has been around for quite sometime before Lead Belly (whose real name was Huddie William Ledbetter) made a record of the song. Lead Belly was an American folk and blues musician known for his strong, distinct vocals and for being a virtuoso on the twelve-string guitar.

The song has been covered by some of the most popular artists in history including Harry Belafonte, Johnny Cash, Lonnie Donegan, The Quarrymen, and The Vipers Skiffle Group (also known simply as The Vipers). In 1975, the Swedish pop group ABBA also included the song in a medley of folk songs along with other traditional folk songs like Midnight Special and On Top of Old Smoky.

Lyrics for ‘Pick a Bale of Cotton’

(Note: The song begins at a decent tempo but the more that it progresses, the more the speed increases. The phrase “me and my baby” will also be replaced with “me and my wife”, “me and my pappy”, “me and my buddy”, “me and my partner”, or “me and my friend” in the verses that follow.)

Jump down turn around,
Pick a bale of cotton,
Jump down turn around,
Pick a bale a day.

Oh, Lordie pick a bale of cotton,
Oh, Lordie pick a bale a day.
Oh, Lordie pick a bale of cotton,
Oh, Lordie pick a bale a day.

Well, me and my baby gonna
Pick a bale of cotton.
Me and my baby gonna
Pick a bale a day.

Oh, Lordie pick a bale of cotton,
Oh, Lordie pick a bale a day.
Oh, Lordie pick a bale of cotton,
Oh, Lordie pick a bale a day.

Print Easy Piano Sheet Music

Here’s an awesome arrangement of ‘Pick a Bale of Cotton’ for easy piano solo. There’s an mp3 on the site that piano students can listen to as they practice this piece. The arrangement is available to print in PDF format.

Pick a Bale of Cotton for Easy Piano Solo

Guitar Chords for ‘Pick a Bale of Cotton’

Ultimate-Guitar.com has guitar chords for ‘Pick a Bale of Cotton’. This site features many tools to make learning and playing the guitar fun, including an auto-scroll tool for hands-free guitar chords/lyrics advancing, and a transpose tool in case the music isn’t in the right key for your voice.

Pick a Bale of Cotton Guitar Chords

Sing-a-long Video for ‘Pick a Bale of Cotton’

Check out this fun version of ‘Pick a Bale of Cotton’ from Derek Ryan on YouTube. Watch it or sing with your kids!

Hark! the Herald Angels Sing | Free Piano Sheet Music, Lyrics, Video

Written by Charles Wesley in 1739, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing was originally intended by Wesley to be a slow and solemn hymn and not the joyful and lively Christmas carol it is nowadays. The modifications made to the song, including the ones by Wesley’s co-worker George Whitefield as well as Felix Mendelssohn who produced the melody used to accompany the lyrics, have turned it into its popular version today.

Lyrics for ‘Hark! The Herald Angels Sing’

Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the new-born King;
Peace on earth and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!”
Joyful, all ye nations, rise.
Join the triumph of the skies.
With th’ angelic hosts proclaim
“Christ is born in Bethlehem!”
Hark! the herald angels sing,
Glory to the new-born King!

Christ, by highest heaven adored,
Christ, the everlasting Lord.
Late in time behold Him come,
off-spring of a virgin’s womb.
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see,
Hail, the incarnate deity.
Pleased as man with men to dwell,
Jesus, our Emmanuel.
Hark! the herald angels sing,
Glory to the new-born King!

Hail the heav’n-born Prince of Peace,
Hail, the Sun of Righteousness.
Light and life to all He brings,
Risen with healing in His wings.
Now He lays His Glory by,
Born that man no more may die.
Born to raise the sons of earth,
Born to give them second birth.
Hark! the herald angels sing,
Glory to the new-born King!

Come, Desire of nations come,
Fix in us Thy humble home;
Oh, to all Thyself impart,
formed in each believing heart!
Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the new-born King!
Peach on earch and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!
” Hark! the herald angels sing,
Glory to the new-born King!

Adam’s likeness, Lord, efface,
Stamp Thine image in its place:
Second Adam from above,
Reinstate us in Thy love.
Let us Thee, though lost, regain,
Thee, the life, the inner man;
O, to all Thyself impart,
Formed in each believing heart.
Hark! the herald angels sing,
Glory to the new-born King!

Print Easy Piano Sheet Music

Here’s an awesome arrangement of ‘Hark! The Herald Angels Sing’ for easy piano solo. There’s an mp3 on the site that piano students can listen to as they practice this piece. The arrangement is available to print in PDF format.

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing for Easy Piano Solo

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Guitar Chords for ‘Hark! The Herald Angels Sing’

Ultimate-Guitar.com has guitar chords for ‘Hark! The Herald Angels Sing’ This site features many tools to make learning and playing the guitar fun, including an auto-scroll tool for hands-free guitar chords/lyrics advancing, and a transpose tool in case the music isn’t in the right key for your voice.

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing Guitar Chords

Sing-a-long Video for ‘Hark! The Herald Angels Sing’

Check out this wonderful video for ‘Hark! The Herald Angels Sing’ from Children Love to Sing on YouTube. Watch it or sing with your kids!