For those of you who were at Primary School in the 80's

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Would you like to reminisce with me about school assemblies?

DH and I were talking about the 'Come and Praise' book, and singing remembering the songs.

Does anyone else remember songs such as Autumn Days and Cross over the road my friend? Which others were there?

its so low down you cant get underit its so far up ypu cantget over it, i loved it when you were on duty to move the ohp sheet to the words on the wall. And the lord of the dance said he and we all sniggered when he streaked in the song.

BoastingByStealth Wed 28-Sep-11 21:34:46

Kum ba Fucking ya my lord

oh god that was the shittest of them all.

DillyTante Wed 28-Sep-11 21:36:26

I amazed my Reception daughter yesterday by singing the paintbox song that she has to sing for Harvest Festival "Cauliflowers fluffy, and cabbages green...". She was like this shock that I knew it grin

LaVitaBellissima Wed 28-Sep-11 21:36:55

Cumbaya m'lord anyone? No idea how this is spelt or what it means confused

My friend had Autumn days at her wedding grin

planetpotty Wed 28-Sep-11 21:37:00

The ink is black the page is white, together we learn to read and write to read and write grin

Propper black boards and we used to take our lessons outside on a big tree root in the summer....hope the still do outside lessons now.

BoastingByStealth Wed 28-Sep-11 21:37:51

Oh I remember that one potty grin

FermittheKrog Wed 28-Sep-11 21:37:52

One more step along the road I something something

bla bla bla bla bla bla bla blaaaaaaaa

something something else

Deesus Wed 28-Sep-11 21:37:53

Omg - how did I ever forget about Come and Praise (pronounced Cumumpraise locally)!!!

Wasn't there one that went 'Give me joy in my heart keep me something, give me joy in my heart I praaaaaaaayyyyyyy'. Ta, have got that stuck in my head now.


Deesus Wed 28-Sep-11 21:38:36

Good call potty! Loved that one!

purplepidjinawoollytangle Wed 28-Sep-11 21:38:43

I'm forever blowing bubbles

Bubbles is the girl next door


Anyone remember when they tried to be cool and trendy with Come and Praise 2?

And wasn't there one involving a giant and a wall or did I make that up?

BoastingByStealth Wed 28-Sep-11 21:39:22

I loved all the Christmas ones, belting out Oh come all ye faithful, god rest ye merry gentlemen, etc.

I go to the christmas church concerts just to have a time where i can howl them at the top of my voice! grin

Oh we didn't have a blackboard or a projector, just hand written lyrics on pieces of paper stuck together with Sellotape and held up with blu tac grin

Oh these have been popping into my head recently.. When I Needed A Neighbour, Love Is Like A Magic Penny, If I Had A Hammer.. All charmingly bonkers grin

purplepidjinawoollytangle Wed 28-Sep-11 21:41:29

Deesus - Sing Hosanna (or if you were us, Sing Joanna, poor girl!)

Give me oil in my lamp, keep me burning
Give me oil in my lamp, I pray
Give me oil in my lamp, keep me burning
Keep me burning till the break of day

Sing Hosanna, ad nauseum and increasing in pitch...

Anyone do Morning has Broken? I hated that one, only Cat Stevens song I don't like!

There are hundreds of sparrows, thousands, millions, they're 2 a penny far too many there must be

Love is like a magic penny, hold it tight and you won't have any. Lend it, spend it and you'll have so many, they'll roll all over the floor, for....

And that Streets of London one...

Hulababy Wed 28-Sep-11 21:41:56

Come and Praise at my old schooltoo.

Mind you 9y DD goes to an independent c of e school and they have an updated version they use. Allt he old songs in there smile

cross over the road my friend ask the lord his help to lend or some such twattery.... i love a good sing

Blondeshavemorefun Wed 28-Sep-11 21:42:22

the whole world rings a bell

We had giant hymn sheets that lowered on pulleys. V odd. I was pulley monitor for a term <preens>

I hated Morning is Broken, and sang 'sing Susannah' for years!

Hulababy Wed 28-Sep-11 21:43:04

Fermit - One More Step Alomg the Road I Go is the song the y6s sing at their leaving assembly every year.

Oh yes, Rollingintheaisles - have you seen the old man who walks down the streets of London, dirt on his hair and his clothes in rags - or something like that?

HumphreyCobbler Wed 28-Sep-11 21:44:47

they did Autumn Days at my school today

My favourite was 'When a Knight Won His Spurs'

Sidge Wed 28-Sep-11 21:45:06

He's got the whole world in his hands, he's got the whole wide world, in his hands, he's got the whole world in his hands, he's got the whole world in his hands!

Our old school didn't have projectors, it had two fuck off massive hymn books on either side of the stage with the words printed to about a foot high. The hymn monitors had to do a daily battle to flip the pages with special sticks without tearing them.

SING! Hosanna,
SING! Hosanna....
Man, I'm going to have that song in my head forever now...

How many gentle flowers grow in an English country garden?

Colours of day dawn into the mind,
The sun has come up, the night is behind.
Go down in the city, into the street,
And let's give the message to the people we meet

So light up the fire and let the flame burn,
Open the door, let Jesus return,
Take seeds of His Spirit, let the fruit grow,
Tell the people of Jesus, let His love show.

Go through the park, on into the town;
The sun still shines on, it never goes down.
The light of the world is risen again;
The people of darkness are needing a friend.


Open your eyes, look into the sky,
The darkness has come, the sun came to die,
The evening draws on, the sun disappears,
But Jesus is living, His Spirit is near.


did anyone sing a song that went something like "the deserts hot and dry, high in the cloudless skyyyy no rainnnnn, when will the storm cloud burst to satisfy their thirst".

I described this song to dh and he looked at me like this hmm but I swear it was a real song...

Eglu Wed 28-Sep-11 21:46:09

I always hated morning has broken too, yet we seemed to sing it more often than anything else. DS1 sings it at school now too.

A couple of my faves have been mentioned already. Give me oil in my lamp and sing hosanna, and loved If I had a hammer. Fantastic. Takes me back.

ASByatt Wed 28-Sep-11 21:46:15

'He's got the whole world, in His hand.....' anyone?

And what about
'My Grandfather's clock was too tall for the shelf
So it stood, by itself, by the door.
It was taller by half than the old man himself
Though it weighed not a pennyweight more....
Da da daaaah da da daaaaaah da da da da da da da
Da da daaaaaah da da dahhhhh da da daaaaaaaaah
But it stopped. Short. Never to go again
When the old man died.'

I remember not being able to sing the last bit because of what fel like a huge lump in my throat/chest, and not understanding how noone else seemed to have noticedthat it was actually really sad??? sad

I was a senstive child! smile

OnEdge Wed 28-Sep-11 21:46:17

Milk bottle tops and paper bags, is this what we really want NO NO NO !

He was gentle and brave
he was gallant and bold
With a shield on his arm
And a sword in his hand
For God and for valour
He rode through the land

ASByatt Wed 28-Sep-11 21:47:13

Sidge - crosspost, it took me a while to type all the daaaaaah in my other example!

chocoroo Wed 28-Sep-11 21:47:21

I'm constantly singing Autumn Days at this time of year. Loved When a Knight Won His Spurs too. Oohhh, and The Streets of London one.

Was Everybody's Building from the second book? I know we only started singing it when I was about 10. We could have been behind the times though!

I am tempted to hunt this book out even though I don't believe in god

chosenone Wed 28-Sep-11 21:47:31

I was colaked were you there, were you there? Used to hate the ink is black.

sad ASByatt, I remember that 1 too and was also very sad at the end.

These are brilliant, such fond memories!

chosenone Wed 28-Sep-11 21:48:05

* cold

ASByatt Wed 28-Sep-11 21:48:13

Plus of course this time of year it would have all been 'We plough the fields and scatter' and 'Come, ye thankful people come'

CuppaTeaAndAJammieDodger Wed 28-Sep-11 21:48:20

I am going to be bloody singing Autumn Days for days now....grrrr grin

Chocoroo, I've already searched eBay for it blush and its £25 shock

peggotty Wed 28-Sep-11 21:48:38

What's the one about trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored..? Although that might have been at church, possibly a bit too fire and brimstone for school assembly...

chosenone Wed 28-Sep-11 21:49:02

Grandfather clock....Oh so sad, loved it

ASByatt Wed 28-Sep-11 21:49:11

Ah Tequila, I used to think that I wasthe only person in the world to find it sad!

Maybe I wasn't sensitive so much as self-centred smile

ooooh yes we had come and praise

this brings back memories!

"Who put the colours in the rainbow? Who put the salt into the sea?
Who put cold into the snowflake? Who made you and me?"

chocoroo Wed 28-Sep-11 21:49:35

Oooh. And Stand Up, Clap Hands...

Stand Up
Clap hands
Shout 'thank you lord'.

I am going to be singing that all night now.

AWimbaWay Wed 28-Sep-11 21:49:51

Oh god, I know far too many of these, and I mean all the words, I'm an atheist, my valuable brain space should not be cluttered with this, it's no wonder I can no longer remember why I've walked from one room to another.

"He's got everybody here in His hands,
He's got everybody there in His hands,
He's got everybody everywhere in His hands,
He's got the whole world in His hands."

LetThereBeRock Wed 28-Sep-11 21:49:58

I went to primary school in the 90s,well I was in Primary for a few months in 89,but I remember many of these.

Does no one remember,'If I Were A Butterfly'?

ASByatt Wed 28-Sep-11 21:49:59

Ok 3 in the special 'I found the Grandfather's clock song very sad' club now........ - any more?

ohh and "when jesus walked in galillee"

CupOfBrownJoy Wed 28-Sep-11 21:50:30

yy, but being Catholic we had "Hymns Old and New"

"cross over the road my friend, ask the Lord his strength to send, his compaaaassion has no end. Cross over the road."

Haul Haul Away gives me the heebie geebies as I remember being dragged out of assembly shortly afterwards and given the bollocking of my life grin

Walk with me oh my Lord, Bread of Heaven (Welsh), and one that went "sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble. Were you there when they crucified my Lord?"

Actually I'm surprised some of the Catholic dirges didn't give us nightmares... smile

I remember one which I've googled for countless times and can't find anything, I'm sure I didn't dream it!

When Jesus walked in Galilee
All of the people came to see
What God intended them to be
And how they ought to live

Or something like that! Anybody else remember that or did I actually dream it?'

chocoroo Wed 28-Sep-11 21:51:01


I know enough teachers...perhaps I can "borrow" one.

smile smile smile

Eglu Wed 28-Sep-11 21:51:01

Just remembered Go tell it on the mountain and Who put the colours in the rainbow.

cjbartlett Wed 28-Sep-11 21:51:09

what about kookaburra sits in the something tree
merry of the bush is he.....

or was that brownies?!

UniS Wed 28-Sep-11 21:51:40

Its waaarrrrter, waarter of lif.....

When a knight won his spurs.
Cross over the road

Oh the memories this thread is bring ingback.

does anyone remember the really freaky one that went

"i was cold i was naked were you there, were you there?
i was cold, i was naked were you there?
and the creed and the colour and the name don't matter were you there?"

feedthegoat Wed 28-Sep-11 21:51:48

I don't think we ever sang hymns at my school. I vaguely remember my teacher having a guitar covered in Greenpeace stickers.

We sang stuff like Nowhere Man, Yellow Subermarine, Sloop john B and Lady Madonna. I can remember crying in assembly singing Bright Eyes just after I'd watched Watership Down for the first time!

tequila see my post just before yours! lol

ASByatt Wed 28-Sep-11 21:52:17

'When I needed a neighbour, were you there, were you there?
When I needed a neighbour, were you there?'

- And so on.
with traditional sniggering at
'I was cold, I was naked, were you there.....'
Because clearly naked was a Very Rude Word......

Sidge Wed 28-Sep-11 21:52:22

ASByatt I remember My Grandfather's Clock too (and I enjoyed your daaaaahhs!)

We also had a songbook in Music (not for assembly) that had "When I'm 64" and "Bright Eyes".

AWimbaWay Wed 28-Sep-11 21:52:25

cjbartlett, that was brownies, Old gum tree.

BhamHouse Wed 28-Sep-11 21:52:32

Colours of dirge more like... I hate that song!

Yes Tequila, that was the London one!

Also that Kookaburra song.. Anyone?

ASByatt Wed 28-Sep-11 21:53:19

thisisyesterday - yes indeed, crosspost!

ElaineReese Wed 28-Sep-11 21:53:29

Was song 1 'Water of Life'?

The one I really hated was 'there's a man for all the people', and we always used to be berated for not singing 'pi-pul', according to how the notes should go.

Thisisyesterday, thank you, I was beginning to think I was going mad grin

CJBartlett, you beat me to it smile

workshy Wed 28-Sep-11 21:53:51


'it was bought on the the morn of the day that he was born and was all ways his pride and joy
'till it stopped_short_never to go again, when the old man died.....'

used to have me in floods!

AWimbaWay Wed 28-Sep-11 21:54:19

thisisyesterday, I remember that one, cross over the road my friend, ask the lord his strength to lend!


i was just trying to think of the tremble one! it used to make me and my friend cry!

there was a bit about being there when they nailed him to a tree?

PopEsMummy Wed 28-Sep-11 21:54:39

We had a projector, they even drew pictures up the sides!

I used to love assembly! Remember all of these, one of the regulars was "he's got the whole world" grin

ASByatt Wed 28-Sep-11 21:54:40

Sidge - thank you. I actually worked out how many daaaaahs were needed, and which ones needed to be longer, that is quite how (unhealthily?) into it I got!

BhamHouse Wed 28-Sep-11 21:54:40

just followed noyouhavehadawee's link (brilliant name btw!)... and I have never heard Autumn Days before.
Mind you, I didn't know paintbox until my children started school either.

I liked The animals went in two by two hurrah aswell

gapants Wed 28-Sep-11 21:55:00

chocoroo that was my fave as we actually stood up and clapped our hands, jolly good fun!

Does anyone remember--

Climb climb up sunshine mountain, heavenly blah blah blaaaaaah, climb climb up sunshine moutain faces all a-glo-oh-oh-ow?

LilBB Wed 28-Sep-11 21:55:12

All the way through this thread I was thinking of the 'I was cold I was naked' one. We used to giggle at that. I also remember one about being the lord of the dance.

I can't believe how many of these I remember.

monkeypuzzeltree Wed 28-Sep-11 21:55:37

Good thread.... daaaaaaaance lord wherever you may be, I am the lord of the dance said he .....

LOL at Sing Susannah!

What about those programmes they used to put on, you know when the TV was wheeled in! I had nightmares about Boy from Space for years and Badger Girl was odd.

For he gave me a heart
And he gave me a smile
He gave me Jesus
And he made me his child
But I just thank you Father for making me ME ME ME

What about the one where you had to shout KANGAROOSEY ROOSEY really loud, or was that just us?

TheDetective Wed 28-Sep-11 21:56:20

Lord of the Dance!! To my utter shame, the reason I remember this song is because aged 7, I burst in to tears in the middle of assembly, while singing 'and we'll lead you all wherever he may be'!! In my defence, my dad had just walked out the night before, and my mum was sat on the benches at the side of us children - because she was a teacher - and when I looked at her, she just looked so sad sad Bastard men!!!!

peggotty Wed 28-Sep-11 21:56:23

Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree
Merry merry king of the bush is he
Laugh Kookaburra,
Laugh Kookaburra
Gay your life must be

For some reason I'm hearing that song in a Marilyn Manson stylee confused

my friend and I like to regale everyone at christmas with

"It was on a starry night when the hills were bright
Earth lay sleeping, sleeping calm and still.
Then in a cattle shed, in a manger bed
a boy was born, king of all the world.
And all the angels sang for him, the bells of heaven rang for him
for a boy was born, king of all the world."

BhamHouse Wed 28-Sep-11 21:56:40

Dark Towers!!!

CupOfBrownJoy Wed 28-Sep-11 21:56:42

Oh I LOVED Colours of Day!

Colours of day, dawn into the sky
The sun has come up
the night is behind
go down in the city, into the streets
and lets give the blessing to the people we meet
So light up the fiiiire and let the flame burn
open the door let jesus return

OMG where is this stuff coming from!? I was obviously more indoctrinated than I thought grin

Oh yeah Badger Girl, I loved that! There was a fairground one aswell, and we also had Geordie Racer but that could be because I'm in the NE!

ASByatt Wed 28-Sep-11 21:57:14

workshy - you completed my daaaaaahhhhhhs! thank you!

I danced in the morning when the world was begun
And I danced in the moon and the stars and the sun
And I came down from heaven and I danced on the earth
At Bethlehem I had my birth....

And so on.
But my DC came home from school singing that last Easter, and were very shocked when I joined in!

strawberrie Wed 28-Sep-11 21:57:22

I am also in the "sad at My Grandfather Clock" club.

"90 years without slumbering, tick tock, tick tock
his life seonds numbering, tick tock, tick tock"

WT very F is that for a childrens' school song? sad

That said, I also ended up in floods of tears aged about 7 watching Dave Lee Travis' Golden Oldies at that song "We had joy,we had fun, we had seasons in the sun" blush

We had "One more step along the world I go" as one of our wedding hymns!

Smugfearnleyshittingstool Wed 28-Sep-11 21:57:22

Joshua fought the battle of Jericho, my dh remembers fondly?, and I watch the sunrise, lighting the sky, casting it's shadows near me.......

Always sung along to by hippy guitar teacher that I liked.

gapants Wed 28-Sep-11 21:57:48

Oh god i loved dance dance wherever you will be, for I am the lord and dance said he!

They were all so jolly and rousing! Bring it back!

strawberrie Wed 28-Sep-11 21:58:15

Oh, and I know it's very unseasonal but I loved that Easter one

"Hooray for Jesus, riding to Jerusalem...."

AWimbaWay Wed 28-Sep-11 21:58:15

What about songs sang on the coach on trips?

Oh you'll never get to heaven, on roller skates, cos you'll roll right past, those pearly gates.

Everywhere we go, people ask us, who we are, where we come from, and we always tell them, we're from [enter school here] mighty mighty [school].

BhamHouse Wed 28-Sep-11 21:58:20

I always liked "think of a world without any flowers", very melancholy though...

CupOfBrownJoy Wed 28-Sep-11 21:58:26

I was very sad when I started teaching that the schools I've been into don't sing any of these.

Its all happy-clappy new stuff now with no mention of Jesus in case someone is offended...

so do they not actually ssing in asembly now?

LetThereBeRock Wed 28-Sep-11 21:58:54

I'm glad I'm not the only one who remembers 'If I Were A Butterfly',Choppy.

I've had 'I Can Sing A Rainbow' stuck in my head all day now,for some unknown reason.

purplepidjinawoollytangle Wed 28-Sep-11 21:59:03

I think I own it blush

And yes, I can play them blush

Anyone fancy a meet up? grin

GreenEyesandNiceHam Wed 28-Sep-11 21:59:16

The lord said to Noah, there's gonna be a floody floody....

I think that was the kangaroosy one mebbe?

'ri-ise and shi-ine and give god his glory glory'

has anyone mentioned when god made the garden of creation yet?

chocoroo Wed 28-Sep-11 21:59:51

At least four of my friends have had the Oil in my Lamp one at their weddings!

Slightly off topic but did anyone also partake in some of the crappy musicals written for Primary School kids? We did Jospeh which is a bad example but there was also Blast Off! and Go Noah! I can still sing half the songs from those too blush

ASByatt Wed 28-Sep-11 22:00:22

We also did bananas in pjamas, but I think that's still around now?

Yellow submarine, I remember too - thank you for the reminder sorry can't keep up with who said that one!

What a lovely nostalgic thread.
Well, mainly - sorry for sad memories for some sad

Did any of you sing

He's football crazy
He's football mad
Something something something
The best he's ever had

Or something like that, on the bus on school trips?

IwishIwasmoreorganised Wed 28-Sep-11 22:00:37

We had the great big sheets hauled up on a pulley system, though I was never given that job ,bitter emoticon>

There's some great ones here that I'd forgotton about - my favourites were Sing Joanna, The cold and naked one, Autumn days and My Grandfather's clock had brought back some strange memories!

Ds's go to Welsh school so I'm unlikely to hear any of these sung again by tuneful Primary aged children sad

Great thread OP grin

wigglesrock Wed 28-Sep-11 22:01:08

We had "Singing Together" books, am in NI but. Anyone for "bind us together Lord, bind us together with chords (?) that cannot be broken"

I can't talk about my Grandfathers clock [sob]

HumphreyCobbler Wed 28-Sep-11 22:01:20

We do lots of these at my school. All is not lost everywhere.

chocoroo! yes, and we had to travel to other schools too and all sing them

did you do one about nelson and trafalgar?

CupOfBrownJoy Wed 28-Sep-11 22:01:34

Has anyone mentioned All Things Bright and Beautiful yet?

I hated Bind us Together Lord, very dirgy

bind us together Lord
bind us together
with cords that cannot be brooooooken....


gapants Wed 28-Sep-11 22:01:47

greeneyes I love that one too!

What about-- make me a channel of your peace...

We sang alot of scottish songs, being we were in Scotland-

My love was born in Aberdeen, the bonniest lad that air was seen...

Joolyjoolyjoo Wed 28-Sep-11 22:02:13

Oh yes- I remember all the hymns, on those weird old projectors that were wide at the top and narrower at the bottom, with the words written in felt pen in the teachers' curly writing, and the flappy-flapping noise when they had to change the plastic sheet halfway.

bit envy of the rest of you, though- we only got hymns. Ever.

LetThereBeRock Wed 28-Sep-11 22:02:33

We did a musical about the French Revolution in Primary. There were others,including one about bullying,but that's the one I remember best.
I rather enjoyed it. I was one of the nobles. They ran out of dresses for the girls,so I had to take a boy's costume. How the girls laughed! Though not as much as I laughed when they kept standing on their dresses and tripping over.grin

I wish I could find the libretto online.

ASByatt Wed 28-Sep-11 22:03:31

Oh you'll never go to heaven
In an old Ford car.....
'Cos an old Ford car...
....Won't get that far.......

Quartermaster's stores, anyone?
'My eyes are din, I cannot see
I have not bought my spec with me
I have

ASByatt Wed 28-Sep-11 22:03:43

Erm, dim not din

cjbartlett Wed 28-Sep-11 22:04:00

lol at kookabura grin old gum tree smile

how old 'praise my lord the king of heaven'

and of course 'we plough the fields and scatter'

monkeypuzzeltree Wed 28-Sep-11 22:04:04

DARK TOWERS - seriously strange and really creepy ... hmm wonder what's on youtube ...

feedthegoat Wed 28-Sep-11 22:04:12

We sang Football crazy misstinateaspoon. Wasn't the line something like 'the football it has taken away the little bit of sense that he had'!

Purplepidjinawoollytangle, I am envy that you own Come & Praise!

gapants Wed 28-Sep-11 22:04:19


"Go down jonah deep in to the ocean, go down jonah deep into the sea,
so jonah sank into the sea and closed his eyes and prayed and said lord Im very sorry for your words i disobeyed..."

I LOVED that, and me and one of my mates will launch into that

RhinoKey Wed 28-Sep-11 22:04:26

Who put the colours in the rainbow
Who put the salt into the sea
Who put the tree inside the acorn
Who made you and me?

That was my favourite - but loved 'Autumn days' and 'From the tiny ant'

The Butterfly song we did with actions - was brilliant.

purplepidjinawoollytangle Wed 28-Sep-11 22:04:29


Oh you'll never get to heaven
In Teacher's Brown Owl's bra
'Cos Teacher's Brown Owl's bra
Won't stretch that far

cjbartlett Wed 28-Sep-11 22:04:31

and what was that grange hill song about stranger danger?!!

Oh I had forgotten all about th ink is black etc.

My fave was All things bright and beautiful. Was all traditional songs until the last year when we had a new teacher come to the school. Be had a 'synthesizer' so the piano went out of the door and we started singing:

Matchstick men and matchstick cats and dogs
Penny lane
When I'm 64
Bright eyes (burning like fire) which became the school favourite.

And other songs that would once have been in the charts and not a hymn book...

oh the fucking quartermasters store

we had to sing that in rounds!!!

and one about a pig with spots. they are john potts' i can tell them by the spots and i found them in the vicarage gaaaaaaaaaarden

Waswondering Wed 28-Sep-11 22:04:46

I remember one from, I'm sure, C&P that had a chorus "so I mustn't forget, no I mustn't forget, to say a great big thank you, I mustn't forget".

I'm sure it had a line in it about "jet planes meeting in the air to be refuelled hmm, all these things I love so well! ... So I mustn't forget ...." etc.

Or is it just me??

Never did see two jet planes refuelling in the air above Dundee ....

chocoroo Wed 28-Sep-11 22:05:27

thisisyesterday Oooh, no, don't remember that one. We just performed for our poor parents. It was all very high pressure though. There were official videos and everything.

Who just mentioned a Christmas song? It sounded vaguely like one we used to sing:

And the Angels sang for him on Christmas morning
And the Angels sang for him, as the day was dawning
Little Jesus lying in a manger
Little Jesus lying in a manger
Not a proper place for a king of all the world.

Add in Wise men coming to him (hmm) and Sheperds doing something too. Might be the same one...

ASByatt Wed 28-Sep-11 22:05:34

Isn't 'Praise my Lord the King of Heaven' a standard hymn though?
trying to remember if we had that at our wedding....
...Is it bad that I can't remember???? hmm

waswondering that's autumn days smile

my friend and I made up a new one called "summer days" and they made everyone sing it lol

purplepidjinawoollytangle Wed 28-Sep-11 22:06:16

Tequila it's something like that from a TA job I had a couple of years ago blush [accidental thief]

"There was Sue, Sue, doing a massive poo, in the stores, in the stoooooores..."

cjbartlett Wed 28-Sep-11 22:06:17

ha ha probably but standard hymsn aren't allowed much in schools these days

Waswondering Wed 28-Sep-11 22:06:36

So I googled it and it does exist!!!

Autumn days, when the grass is jewelled
And the silk in a chestnut shell
Jet planes meeting in the air to be refuelled
All these things I love so well
So I mustn't forget
No, I mustn't forget
To say a great big thank you
No, I mustn't forget.

Clouds that look like familiar faces
And winter's moon with frosted rings
Smell of bacon as I fasten up my laces
And the song the milkman sings.
So I mustn't forget
No, I mustn't forget
To say a great big thank you
No, I mustn't forget.

Whipped-up spray that is rainbow-scattered
And a swallow curving in the sky
Shoes so comfy though they're worn out and they're battered
And the taste of apple pie.
So I mustn't forget
No, I mustn't forget
To say a great big thank you
No, I mustn't forget.

Scent of gardens when the rain's been falling
And a minnow darting down a stream
Picked-up engine that's been stuttering and stalling
And a win for my home team.

So I mustn't forget
No, I mustn't forget
To say a great big thank you
No, I mustn't forget.

Another one I loved was

Shine Jesus Shine, fill this land with the Father's glory. Blaze spirit blaze set the world on fire. Flow river flow...

ASByatt Wed 28-Sep-11 22:06:52

'cos I'm leeeeeeaaaaving
On a jetplane!
Don't know when I'll be back again.........'

Erm - that was something that we used to sing, I'm not flouncing smile

That's it feedthegoat! Thanks, although it's in my head now!

CupOfBrownJoy Wed 28-Sep-11 22:07:28

did anyone sing at xmas

we three kings of orient are
one in a taxi one in a car
one on a scooter
with a big hooter
wearing a ladies bra


poetic genius, whoever thought of that grin

AWimbaWay Wed 28-Sep-11 22:07:38

thisisyesterday, I quite like quartermasters store,blush my sister and I used to harmonise it in the car. My dad would try and drown us out with the radio.

RhinoKey Wed 28-Sep-11 22:07:42

We did Jonah too - I still love singing the main song and my DC's love it.

Jonah, Jonah, listen to me Jonah
listen while i tell you of a plan i have in mind,
A city, dancing, dancing and romancing
All to obviously to virtue must be blind.
Take my warning, early in the morning
As early as you feel inclined

Shout to the people, Shout from every steeple
Tell them the churches bells have chimed
Tell them to stop their laughter,
Or in the great Here-After
Whats to come is all too sure

For i will smight them, ad infinitum
If they will not turn to me once moooooooore

We also did 'How the bee became'

Ah, you see I hadn't remembered that was "If I Were a Butterfly" LetThereBeRock. I especially liked the bit about fuzzy-wuzzy bear with fuzzy-wuzzy hair, accompanied by much head rubbing and messing up of the french plait I'd nagged my mum into doing that morning. grin

we always used to sing shine jesus shine at my nana's cchapel

my fave at church though was

I heard a thousand trumpets sounding out His Glory,
Telling the story how He came to earth to die;
I heard a million voices praise the name of Jesus,
Singing in God's choir in the sky.

ASByatt Wed 28-Sep-11 22:08:20


Surely it was a playtex bra??????

Waswondering Wed 28-Sep-11 22:08:23

Ooops - was mentioned in the op .... ah well! Didn't remember that was it's name ... wonder if they still sing it now.

My dc sing Bind us together, Shine Jesus Shine and Give me oil in my lamp at their school assemblies ...

Helo Wed 28-Sep-11 22:08:42

I led assembly yesterday and we sang Autumn Days, love it! Nothing has actually changed in 20 years, marvellous.

Eglu Wed 28-Sep-11 22:08:58

I loved the Jonah songs. I'm sure there were a few.

LetThereBeRock Wed 28-Sep-11 22:09:10

I remember Bind Us Together. It was a bit of a dirge,though perhaps that was just because of our terrible singing. I seem to remember that there were two versions.

We sang hyms almost exclusively in my first primary,Catholic school,but a music teacher came once a week to teach us more traditional songs, and we had music class once a week where we sang some fun songs.

I feel old now.

wannabemum24 Wed 28-Sep-11 22:09:14

Any one familiar with this one:
"cauliflowers fluffy and cabbages green" etc, and then something about broad beans are sleeping in their blankety beds!! I loved that song!!!

AWimbaWay Wed 28-Sep-11 22:09:50

purplepidjinawoollytangle, we used to say a worn out bra!

SamsungAndDelilah Wed 28-Sep-11 22:10:25

Badger Girl!!!! and Dark Towers too. But especially Badger Girl.

And the village with three corners.

Daisys are my silver, Buttercups my Gold
These are all the treasures that we have and hold.

CombineArvester Wed 28-Sep-11 22:10:51

WimbaWay and Purple Pidjin

Oh you'll never get to heaven
In a Webber's Bus <outs self>
Cos a Webber's Bus
Is full of rust

I did NOT know such a tuneful melody had spread outside the west countreeee

GreenEyesandNiceHam Wed 28-Sep-11 22:11:10

Lord Jesus Christ, you have come to us,
 Born as one of us, Mary’s son —
Led out to die on Calvary,
 Risen from death to set us free;
Living Lord Jesus, help us see you are Lord.

My mum used to sob listening to us sing that^^

RhinoKey Wed 28-Sep-11 22:12:03

Ninevah city was a city of sin
The jazzing and jiving made a terrible din
People playing the roll'n roll
And the Lord he said well, bless'a my soul

The people wouldnt listen, danced night and day
No time to work, No time to play
They went on dancing, by day and night
And the Lord he said well, this aint right

The Lord he pondered a subtle plan,
He looked around for a righteous man,
Saw Jonah sitting 'neath pineapple tree
And the Lord he said, thats the man for me.

A righteous man, that i can trust
To raise this city from out the dust
The man thats sitting 'neath the pineapple tree
Im certain, sure, sure, sure, he's the man for me.

LetThereBeRock Wed 28-Sep-11 22:12:41

Yes,Fuzzy Wuzzy was always the highlight.

We had the Glaswegian version of We Three Kings,Cup.

Which went something like,

We Three Kings of Georgie Square
Selling knickers a penny a pair
They're fantasic
They're elastic,(something elastic anyway)
Only a penny a pair.

chocoroo Wed 28-Sep-11 22:12:52

We used to sing

We Three Kings of (insert home village name) Sqaure
Selling women's underwear
So fantastic
No elastic
Wear them if you dare

Loganberry Wed 28-Sep-11 22:12:56

What about song 6 in the Come and Praise book, which had the line "you nourish it with rain" - I remember my school always loudly singing the "nourish it" bit because it sounded like swearing!

Was there one something along the lines of 'he gave me eyes so I could see.......God made me'? It's a bit vague

LetThereBeRock Wed 28-Sep-11 22:13:54

Something like that anyway.

bonkers20 Wed 28-Sep-11 22:14:00

On a wagon, bound for market, lies a calf with a mournful eye.
High above him, flies a swallow, winging clearly through the sky.
How the winds are lauging, they laugh with all their might.

Laugh and laugh the whole day through and half the summer night.

Donna, donna, donna, donna, donna, donna, donna, don.

Donna, donna, donna, donna, donna, donna, donna don.

The poor calf goes on to be slaughtered.

Cheery little number that was.

I was in Primary school from mid 70s to early 80s. We had a bunch of hippies I think, as I remember singing loads of Beatles, Everly Brothers, Simon and Garfunkel and whoever wrote Little Boxes.

Oh and House of the Rising Sun. Good wholesome stuff for 8 year olds!

FrillyMilly Wed 28-Sep-11 22:14:09

I remember a weirdy beardy man coming in to school with his rainbow guitar strap and singing more unusual hymns. The one that springs to mind is 'who's the king of the swingers (oo oo), who's the king of the seas (wobble wobble wobble), who's the king of the universe and whos the king of me, I'll tell you, J E S U S is, he's the king of me. He's the king of the universe, the jungle and the sea'

How is that still with me??? Does anyone else remember that or have I outed myself?

SlinkyB Wed 28-Sep-11 22:14:53

Dp and I are loving this thread and singing along blush. It's amazing how much you remember from so long ago <sentimental ol fool>.

LetThereBeRock Wed 28-Sep-11 22:15:00

Little Donkey anyone? On the dusty road?

wannabemum24 Wed 28-Sep-11 22:15:20

Shut de door, keep out de devil
Shut de door, keep de devil in de night
Shut de door, keep out de devil
Light a candle every ting's alright!

We used to do this in rounds!! Ah, simple times smile

Loganberry shock you can remember the song numbers? I'm impressed grin

Flamingredhead Wed 28-Sep-11 22:16:03

what about poor old Michael Finnegan begine gain and is whiskers on is chinergan

ASByatt Wed 28-Sep-11 22:16:07

Slightly off-post, sorry, but did you watch 'the way we used to live' or something like that?

I remember someone dying of cholera....

AWimbaWay Wed 28-Sep-11 22:17:24

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree, how lovely are you branches?!

wasn't sure whether that was a question or a statement.

bonkers20 Wed 28-Sep-11 22:18:04

He gave me eyes so I could see, the wonders of the world. Without my eyes I could not see, the other boys and girls.
He gave me lips so I could sing and tell it to the world. I've got to tell it to the word, He made me.

There's probably another verse about other vital organs as well.

Now in my little garden, now promise you won't laugh. I haven't any flowers and I haven't any grass, but la de da de da de, la de da de da, da de da daaaa. [another line here] One potato, two potato, three potato, four, five potato, six potato, seven potato more. Repeat.

As for Sing Hosanna, woe betide anyone who slipped in an extra "for Kings" at the very end!

wannabemum24 Wed 28-Sep-11 22:18:06

FrillyMilly I LOVE THAT ONE! totally remember it! Totally made my day (ESP the wobble wobble bit!) grin

MrsSnaplegs Wed 28-Sep-11 22:18:25

Come and praise songbook £14 on amazongrin

The Wise Man built his house upon the rock
The Wise Man built his house upon the rock
The Wise Man built his house upon the rock
And the rain came tumbling down.

The rain came down and the floods came up
The rain came down and the floods came up
The rain came down and the floods came up
And the house upon the rock stood firm.

The foolish man built his house upon the sand
The foolish man built his house upon the sand
The foolish man built his house upon the sand
And the rain came tumbling down.

The rain came down and the floods came up
The rain came down and the floods came up
The rain came down and the floods came up
And the house upon the sand fell flat!

Bonkers20, that's it, it's all coming back now!

LetThereBeRock Wed 28-Sep-11 22:19:35

Did anyone do 'Walk In The Light'?

It went something like 'He binds us all in unity,walk,walk in the light. I'm not sure if it's a Catholic thing or not.

AyesToTheRight Wed 28-Sep-11 22:19:42

I loved Autumn Days smile

There was a nice one called May Time which I can remember bits of

"Sing a song of May Time
Sing a song of spring
Flowers are in their beauty
Birds are on the wing
May Time
May Time
God has given us May time
Thank him for his gift of love
Sing a song of spring"

Infants were taught songs (presumably reading levels not great) and juniors used the OHP. And occasionally worn out hymn books that were red and blue mottled pattern.

There was a radio programme we had on Thursday mornings maybe for assembly.

I remember one about water..

"Have you heard the raindrops
Dropping on the rooftops
Have you heard the raindrops
Dropping on the ground
Have you heard the raindrops
Dropping in the somethings
Swimming to the rivers all around

There's water
Water of life
Jesus gives us the water of life
There's water
Water of life
Jesus gives us the water of life

Nobody can live who hasn't any water
Where the ground is dry then nothing much grows
Jesus gives us life if we drink the living water
Sing it so that everybody knows

There's water etc"

And harvest ones

The farmer comes to scatter the seed
Scatter the seed
Scatter the seed
The farmer comes to scatter the seed
Over the field so brown

Up come the green shoots peeping through
First one by one
Then two by two
Up come the green shoots peeping through
Under the sky so blue

God sends the sun
God sends the rain
Over again
Over again
God sends the sun
God sends the rain
Over the field so brown"

There was more than that (went on for years as I remember)

bonkers20 Wed 28-Sep-11 22:19:47

I always thought it was "I am the Lord of the dance settee"

How cool would a dance settee be?!

weevilswobble Wed 28-Sep-11 22:20:06

Tequila! You're making me cry! The ones you remember have sooo hit a soft spot with me.
Its something about being transported back to a purer and simpler version of yourself, when life was vibrant and new and big and freeeeee! (i think)

I liked:

Walk with me oh my Lord
Through the darkest night
And brightest day
Be at my side oh Lord
Hold my hand
And guide me on my way.

Sometimes the road is long
And there are times i fall
But you are always there
To help me when i call

(Celebrational Hymnal)

wigglesrock Wed 28-Sep-11 22:20:12

LetThereBeRock Little Donkey is my all time favourite "got a heavy load, got to keep on pushing onwards...." My husband always knows I'm Christmassy when he hears a few bars of this sung exceptionally badly.

CupOfBrownJoy Wed 28-Sep-11 22:20:54

oh y y Little Donkey! there's a tear-jerker....

What about Make Me A Channel of Your Peace? Another dirge.... also Holy Holy Holy, Lord God Almighty.

slightly more upbeat was At The Name Of Jesus, every knee shall bowwwww. Every tongue confess him, King of glooooory now....

ScaredyDog Wed 28-Sep-11 22:21:18

DP is singing:

Oh Jesus I have promised
To serve you til the end
Dah dah dah dah
Dah dah dah dah dah

Never heard it (though it would have early 70s when he was at primary school)

I loved Shine Jesus Shine (from youth club though, not school)

oreocrumbs Wed 28-Sep-11 22:21:44

Tequila - when I read your first few posts I was thinking I could have written all of these and then you said your in the NE and I am as well - wonder if we went to the same school?

I'm thinking of one - "His banner over me is love" with actions of course

weevilswobble Wed 28-Sep-11 22:21:57

Letthereberock, yes that was ace! gringrin

Saggyoldclothcatpuss Wed 28-Sep-11 22:22:19

OH GOD! Im sure Ill be classed as sad, and Im not religious at all, but I still LOVE hymns.
When A knight Won His Spurs was my favourite, and Morning Has Broken.
Our headmaster was a pianist, and had a whole flowery intro that he played at the start of Morning Has Broken. I loved my tiny primary school, and adored the Headmaster, and had a real tearful moment, when I went back to school, to speak to the current head about DS attending. Whilst waiting outside the office, I spotted the teachers version hymn books, and grabbed the one I recognised. I opened it and there on the MHB page, in pencil, in his own hand, was the headmasters intro.
There are loads I remember,
Look For Signs That Summers Done,
For All The Saints,
All Things Bright And Beautiful....
I know all of them pretty much word for word, and used to sing them to my DCs at bedtime.

GreenEyesandNiceHam Wed 28-Sep-11 22:22:40

Oh I love that one CupOfBrownJoy, I've just been trying to think of it

ASByatt Wed 28-Sep-11 22:22:52

Oh Jesus I have promised
to serve you to the end.
Be thou forever near me
My master and my firend.
I shall not fear the !)WU*$$)&%( ??
Or ---da da daaa da daaaaaa
Nor wander from the ????
While you are by my side.....

LetThereBeRock Wed 28-Sep-11 22:22:52

What was that one that went Little Jesus,something something soft and warm,wrapped around your tiny form?

Weevilswobble, I have a few tears too. You're right about being transported back. It's tears of joy, I have such fond memories of sitting cross-legged in assembly each morning and eagerly awaiting the song numbers being read out, hoping they would be the ones I liked.

I'd give anything to go back there, even for just a day!

CupOfBrownJoy Wed 28-Sep-11 22:23:19

oh lots of May Queen ones for the Catholics!

May is the month of Mary....

chocoroo Wed 28-Sep-11 22:23:32

I love Little Donkey.

Someone from our recorder band at school always got to play the coconuts during it.

Saggyoldclothcatpuss Wed 28-Sep-11 22:23:47

OOH, and There Is A Green Hill, Far Away, and Lord of the Dance.

<<lapses into nostalgia>>

AyesToTheRight Wed 28-Sep-11 22:23:48

Oh yes, Little Donkey

Think of a world without any flowers anyone?

There's one in my mind but I can't remember it - something about a sunset maybe - possibly this

"I watch the sunset
Lighten the sky
Casting its shadows near
And in the evening
Earth is at rest
I feel your presence near me

For you are always
Close to me
Following all my ways
May I be always
Close to you
Following all your ways Lord"

There was more but can't remember the words.

I rather miss hymns from Primary school sad Or maybe I am just feeling a little nostalgic to when things were different.

wigglesrock Wed 28-Sep-11 22:23:57

LetThereBeRock I also loved Walk in the Light and CupofBrownJoy I did yours too grin, right off to bed before any more of these bloody songs embed themselves in my brain.

Oreocrumbs, oh heck have I outer myself?! My school began with an R but wasn't a religious school

CupOfBrownJoy Wed 28-Sep-11 22:25:38

oh Ayes I LOVE that one...

I really must go to bed, but I'm transported back to primary school by this thread!!

Thanks OP grin

weevilswobble Wed 28-Sep-11 22:25:53

Ayestotheright. I love that one!

AyesToTheRight Wed 28-Sep-11 22:26:24

Oh Jesus I have promised
to serve you to the end.
Be thou forever near me
My master and my friend
I shall not fear the battle
If thou art by my side
Nor wander from the pathway
If thou wilt be my guide

Cat just wandered in with a half dead shrew. This spoilt my happy delving back into hymns grin

Loganberry Wed 28-Sep-11 22:27:22

I can only remember the number because it was our schools most favourite song, probably due to the almost swearing part in it. Apart from that the rest of the song wasn't all that memorable because that's still the only line of it I can recall!

Does anyone else remember 'speed Bonnie boy like a bird on the wing, over the sea to Skye'?

1gglePiggle Wed 28-Sep-11 22:27:45

Wow I have that book somewhere in my parents loft! Didn't realise it was worth so much money!

TheDetective Wed 28-Sep-11 22:27:46

Can I ask how old we all are please!! I'm 26 - so primary school late 90's/early 90's!!!

AyesToTheRight Wed 28-Sep-11 22:27:56

The one with the wise man and the foolish man was great. Especially when the house on the sand went SPLAT and we could crash our hands on the floor grin

ScaredyDog Wed 28-Sep-11 22:28:08

Oh gosh Think of a world without any flowers was sooooo dirgy!

grin loganberry

AyesToTheRight Wed 28-Sep-11 22:28:25

I am 36 and was at primary school Sept 80 to July 87.

CupOfBrownJoy Wed 28-Sep-11 22:28:31

oh oh oh I've been wracking my brains and here it is...

Here I am Lord
It is I, Lord
I have heard you, callling in the night
I will go Lord
If you lead me
I will hold, your people in my heart....

<happy sigh>

weevilswobble Wed 28-Sep-11 22:28:47

Tequila, i go to a Catholic church and me and DD look up all the hymns first! I really well up at church when singing. Would never go to Mass without the singing!

CupOfBrownJoy Wed 28-Sep-11 22:28:51

can't remember the verse though.... can anyone help?

LetThereBeRock Wed 28-Sep-11 22:28:59

We had one that went,Abba,Abba Father. You are the potter.We are the clay.The work of your hands. Mould us,mould us and fashion us...

It was another real dirge.

I'm 32, didn't realise these were sung in the 90's too. My DD is nearly 14 and hasn't heard of most of them, infact she's gone to bed mortified that DH and I are sat downstairs singing hymns grin

workshy Wed 28-Sep-11 22:30:24

oh you'll never get to heaven
in a biscuit tin
cause the lord won't let
no crummy ones in

oh you'll never get to heaven
in a bottle of gin
cause the lord won't let
no spirits in

i am 31
was in primary school from 84-90

LetThereBeRock Wed 28-Sep-11 22:30:28

I'm 27 so I was at primary from August 89 to August 96.June if you count the holidays.

weevilswobble Wed 28-Sep-11 22:30:59

I'm 42.
Primary in the 70's. Groovy! But alot of singing at Catholic secondary too.

DownyEmerald Wed 28-Sep-11 22:31:15

I was at primary school in the 70s and reading this great thread has reminded me of the Grandfather Clock and When the Knight Won his Spurs both of which I adored, and Lord of the Bleeding Dance as it was known in our house (my parents were both primary teachers; between us we must have sung that a thousand times).

Harvest Festival last year dd's school did Autumn Days, and this year the broad beans in their blankety beds. Both were new to me. And it was lovely (atheist that I am) when she came back from school singing Sing Hosannah at the top of her voice.

Used to do a lot of weekend trips with my dad's school - lots of quartermaster stores, oh you'll never get to heaven (in a baked bean tin, 'cos a baked bean tin's got baked beans in), and others I can't remember.

AyesToTheRight Wed 28-Sep-11 22:31:51

Oh honestly cat is now devouring shrew (outside luckily).
She has no sense of occasion it would appear.

chocoroo Wed 28-Sep-11 22:32:36

I'm 31. I'm going to ask my Mum if any of the hymns are still sung as she works in a school in the next village along from where I grew up.

I know all the Christmas ones are though. And im sure she said they also sing Angels by Robbie Williams and You Raise Me up but they may have been for special assemblies..,

ScaredyDog Wed 28-Sep-11 22:32:47

Oh my, hymn Youtube

acsec Wed 28-Sep-11 22:33:10

Tequila we watched Geordie Racer and I'm in Surrey - watched a clip on youtube just the other day - how the bloody hell did I know what was happening atthe time when I can't understand a word they are saying now?!

I love Colours of Day. I also really like We shall go out with joy and be led forth with peace and the mountains and the hills shall breakforth before you. They'll be shouts of joy and the trees of the fields shall clap shall clap their hands!

We sing loads of these still at the school I teach at grin

CupOfBrownJoy Wed 28-Sep-11 22:33:27

33 - at Catholic primary (hence all hymns and no groovy stuff allowed smile) 1982-89...

oreocrumbs Wed 28-Sep-11 22:33:41

Tequila don't worry your safe! mine was a catholic primary that began with an O. Must just have been the same time and maybe the same LEA! Lovely thread though - I feel all warm inside. My mother went to work at my primary school after we left and I had the great privilege of being able to go reguarly to see the school assemblies and christmas concerts etc!! I loved it - it kept the magic alive that little bit longer

BettyTurnip Wed 28-Sep-11 22:34:32

Someone mentioned Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho (and the walls came tumbling down), we used to sing that; also nobody's mentioned Michael Row the Boat Ashore ("Hallejuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuulah!") In Music lessons we'd do rounds of Kookaburra and Algy Met A Bear - dd came home from school last week singing that so it's still doing the rounds, so to speak.

I have slightly bizarre memories of doing stretches in PE to the song Flying In The Arms of Mary, and doing a hokey-cokey style, all-join-hands dance to Brown Girl in the Ring in our lovely yellow and brown uniform. No prizes for guessing the decade grin.

Apparently Jesus wanted me for a sunbeam and as a 5 year old in primary school in 1977 I really thought that this bloke called Jesus was going to come to my house, give my parents a sunbeam and take me away forever - terrifying!!!

I really didn't like assembly or RE lessons because of my perceptions of that song grin

AyesToTheRight Wed 28-Sep-11 22:35:32

Oh you'll never get to heaven
On a boy scout's knee
Cos a boy scout's knee's
Too knobbly


I ain't gonna grieve my lord no mo-or-re
I ain't gonna grieve my lord
I ain't gonna grieve my lord
I ain't gonna grieve
my lord no more

oh you'll never get to heaven
In a playtex bra
Cos a playtex bra
Won't stretch that far


Oh you'll never get to heaven
In Captain's car
Cost Captains' car
Won't go that far


LetThereBeRock Wed 28-Sep-11 22:36:03

We had Here I Am Lord at my Grandmother's funeral back in May. I'm an atheist,but it's always made me cry,even before the funeral.blush

I remember the verse,or one of the verses being...

I the Lord of sea and sky.
I have heard my people's cry.
All who dwell in dark and sin.
My hand will save.

I who made the stars of night.
I will make their darkness bright.
Who will bear my light to them?
Whom shall I send?

AyesToTheRight Wed 28-Sep-11 22:36:42

I don't think DC's school sings many hymns at all. Will ask them and find out (year 1 and year 3)

My favorite Christmas non-hymn was

Just hear those Sleigh Bells jingling, ring ting tingling too.
Come on it's lovely weather for a Sleigh ride together with you
Outside the snow is falling and friends are calling yoohoo
Come on it's lovely weather for a Sleigh ride together with you

acsec Wed 28-Sep-11 22:37:05

Cupofbrownjoy the hymn you are thinking of is
1. I, the Lord of sea and sky,
I have heard my people cry.
All who dwell in dark and sin
My hand will save.
I, who made the stars of night,
I will make their darkness bright.
Who will bear my light to them?
Whom shall I send?

Here I am Lord...

BeyondLimitsOfTheLivingDead Wed 28-Sep-11 22:37:42

I just sang Autumn Days to DH to see if he remembered it. He joined in grin

Then told me he had it stuck in his head this morning?! confused

I was ready to type it out from memory but can see someone beat me to it!!

Loganberry Wed 28-Sep-11 22:38:25

Acsec, Geordie Racer? I remember that, wasn't that part of Look and Read? Wasn't there was one about silvery/green aliens landing and reading and writing things backwards because they'd learnt their letters from an inside-out plastic bag or something? I was at primary from 1982-1989!

Sparklegeek Wed 28-Sep-11 22:38:40

Cupofbrownjoy -

"I the lord of sea & sky
I ahve heard my people cry
La la la la la la la!
Whom shall I caaaaaaaalllllllll?"

And then "Here I am Lord" etc.

Well we've already had 2 of my wedding songs - I Watch The Sunrise & Lord of The Dance.

And I can't believe Our God Reigns hasn't been mentioned? That one got louder & louder as it went along in my Catholic secondary.

bigfatgypsy Wed 28-Sep-11 22:39:09

Did anyone sing Cockles and Mussels?

In Dublin's fair city, where the girls are so pretty, I first set my eyes on sweet Molly Malone.

Can't remember the rest apart from Alive-alive-oooh and poor Molly Malone dying at the end and her ghost being left to roam the streets. It was a bit sad sad

Tonksforthememories Wed 28-Sep-11 22:40:03

My DDs have hymn books for school, and so many of these are in it!

We have Shine, Jesus Shine at church too, and DDs love Cauliflowers fluffy.

There was one we used to sing to the Eastenders theme tune........

Glory be to god on high
Ringing out his praises from every steeple
Lord alone to you we cry
<tails off cos i can't remember the rest......>

oreocrumbs Wed 28-Sep-11 22:41:54

ohb yes bigfatgypsy - not at school though my lovely lovely Grandad sang it to me, and another one - oh my darling, oh my darling, oh my darling clementine . . . . both make me cry

LetThereBeRock Wed 28-Sep-11 22:41:56

Did anyone else sing How Great Thou Art? Or 'He will lift you up,on eagle's wings. I can't remember what it's called.

pinkmagic1 Wed 28-Sep-11 22:42:28

I remember many of these hyms, anyone else used to sing John Browns baby and brown girl in the ring?

SayCoolNowSayWhip Wed 28-Sep-11 22:42:29

I went to an all-girls Catholic school and have realised I know all these hymns!

I love I the Lord of Sea and Sky acsec smile

There was another one I'm trying to remember that I loved, the refrain was something like Mañana.... Anyone? blush

PeachyWhoCannotType Wed 28-Sep-11 22:42:30

Yep most of these though DH knows none of them <<rolls eyes>>

We especially liked singing the Rupert the Bear song to Water of Life ( a few posts abck) though as they shared a tune, and there was a song at Christmas called every star shall sing a carol and it completely vanished from existence the day I went to comp

stomping Wed 28-Sep-11 22:42:36

were you there... Ash Wednesday mass. Everyone sobbing. Happy Days!

slavetofilofax Wed 28-Sep-11 22:43:32

DC's school had a service last week and parents got to go and sing I vow to thee my country. I loved it!

There was another one as well that I can't remember now, and didn't remember when I saw it written on the service sheet, but when the music started I remembered it instantly! Wierd, there's probably loads more that we would all know that no one's thought of yet.

Oh wow, Geordie Racer wasn't just watched up here then? I can't remember the story, only that it was about pidgeons! I can remember the theme tube though - Geordie racer, Geordie racer grin

I'll have to get onto YouTube tomorrow and search!

Oh god I remember ALL of these! Hated The Ink is Black - I think even then i knew it was meaningless tosh

And mow at last
We plainly see
The alphabet of Liberty

I mean, what the actual fuck?

The one that had us all sniggering was one with the line

'For I will behold them and warm them to my bosom'

The minute it appeared on the projector the shuffling and snorting began grin

PeachyWhoCannotType Wed 28-Sep-11 22:44:43

And the Ibnk Is Black the page is white- another fave

DS's don't sing any I know except oil in my lamp and cross over the road at their Welsh faith school but the ones they sing seem familiar with the lcoal parents

Oh Look & Read with the wordy the flying orange thingy?

Take jump and ing, build yourself a word, altogether now jumping, jumping.

Think big, big, big at the beginning. At the end of a sentence full stop.


AyesToTheRight Wed 28-Sep-11 22:45:42

Jerusalem was on the radio this morning and I happily belted it out grin

Did anyone watch Zig Zag?

stomping Wed 28-Sep-11 22:45:54

Colours of Day knocks all the others into a cocked hat, with the possible exception of when a knight won his spurs

Rob1n Wed 28-Sep-11 22:47:32

I remember all these from primary school. What about Lily the Pink?
Something like...
And so we drink a drink a drink,
To lily the pink the pink the pink,
The saviour of, the human race
And she invented, medicinal compound (?)
and now she's learning how to fly.

possibly not out of the come and praise book??! Perhaps our headteacher was on acid.

SayCoolNowSayWhip Wed 28-Sep-11 22:48:05

Maranatha! That was it!

Maranatha! Maranatha! Maranatha!
Come Lord Jesus Come!

LetThereBeRock Wed 28-Sep-11 22:51:32

Did anyone else sing Gloria In Excelsis Deo/Ding Dong Merrily On High at the school Christmas concerts,and not know when to stop with the Glorias?

Ours went something like Glooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

---- 10 minutes later

oooooooooooooooooooooooooh---accompanied by a thud every few seconds as another child expires from lack of oxygen.

--15 minutes later--oooooooh in excelsis de-eh-oh. from the three children who managed to make it all the way through.

stomping Wed 28-Sep-11 22:52:04

there is a newfangled one on Amazon but they seem to have omitted Autumn Days hmm.

BeyondLimitsOfTheLivingDead Wed 28-Sep-11 22:52:46

Hymns are one thing I really miss about Christianity. They're just so pretty!

Loganberry Wed 28-Sep-11 22:53:20

Wordy! I can still vaguely remember one episode where he had a cup of tea "sent" into the monitor that he was on. I'm south-east based, I can remember Geordie Racer being about racing pigeons and a lad who looked after them, but not much more after that!

What was Zig Zag? I can't remember that, but I can remember "Me and You" who were two puppets, but not much more than that about them. I'm not sure if that was a school programme or home time tv though!

Letthereberock, yes grin

Wasn't Me and You the 2 puppets who worked on a market stall selling fruit and veg? One had a very gruff voice? Or is that something completely different?

wannabemum24 Wed 28-Sep-11 22:55:39

LetThereBeRock I actually nearly wet myself!!

Loganberry Wed 28-Sep-11 22:56:16

Yes, thats the one, Tequila!

ShowOfHands Wed 28-Sep-11 22:57:04

There was one in Come and Praise II that was something like 'By brother sun who brings the day and sheds his dazzling light and warms the world with welcome rays, By sister moon and sister stars'. Anybody remember it? Have tried googling to no avail.

BettyTurnip Wed 28-Sep-11 22:57:44

grin LetThereBeRock. We used to attempt to lift the roof off volume wise when singing O Come All Ye Faithful ("OH COME LET US ADORE HIM!!! turned up to 11).

We also sang Lily the Pink - it was a hit for Traffic I think?

Does nobody remember the 'speed Bonnie boy like a bird on the wing, over the sea to Skye' one then? Maybe I've made that one up? blush

BettyTurnip Wed 28-Sep-11 22:58:31

Aargh, Scaffold not Traffic.

I don't think we had Come and Praise II sad

BeyondLimitsOfTheLivingDead Wed 28-Sep-11 23:00:42
LetThereBeRock Wed 28-Sep-11 23:00:43

I remember speed bonnie boat,like a bird on the wing very well. I loved that.

It's definitely a real song. See here.

BettyTurnip Wed 28-Sep-11 23:01:34

Was it not Speed Bonny Boat? Roger Whitticker??

acsec Wed 28-Sep-11 23:02:01

I hate Shine Jesus Shine!

Anyone sing "You've got to move when the spirit says move x2 cos when the spirit says move..."

Used to watch Badger Girl, Geordie Racer and Through the Dragon's Eye - all amazing at the age of 6/7 but unfortunately not as good now!

Letthereberock, I thought it was 'boy' not boat blush

Thank you though smile

LetThereBeRock Wed 28-Sep-11 23:02:13

Sorry Wannabe.grin

BettyTurnip Wed 28-Sep-11 23:02:40


MercyDulbottle Wed 28-Sep-11 23:03:03

Travel on, travel on,
There's a river that is flowing
A river that is flowing night and day.
Travel on, travel on to the river that is flowing, the river will be with you all the way.

LetThereBeRock Wed 28-Sep-11 23:03:05

No,it was definitely boat.grin

TheSmallClanger Wed 28-Sep-11 23:03:13

Tequila, it's "speed bonny boat". We had that one, it's really about Bonnie Prince Charlie, but our music teacher seemed to think it was about Jesus.

Did anyone else snigger uncontrollably at the line in "Water of Life" about a workman in the desert, digging with a spade that FLASHES IN THE SUN!

This has been fabulous but I must go to bed now or I'll never get up for work!

Please keep them coming though, I'll read them whilst eating my breakfast grin

onefatcat Wed 28-Sep-11 23:04:46

He gave me eyes so i could see the colours of the world,
Without my eyes I could not see the other boys and girls,
He gave me ears so I could hear , the wind , the rain, the sea,
I've got to tell it to the world,
He made me!

I went to primary school until 1984.

Vicars assembly on Wednesdays,
Loved hymn practice on Thursdays,
Team points on Fridays,

Yes to the projector and changing the OHPs.

Joolyjoolyjoo Wed 28-Sep-11 23:04:47

Yes, The Skye Boat Song, definitely real!

And Wordy from Look and Read- and his Magic magic e! (which you can still find on youtube, but I am too lazy for links tonight) All together now..."MAN...can have a MANE with me, CAN...can be a CANE with me, PAN...can be a PANE with me, magic magic E"

oreocrumbs Wed 28-Sep-11 23:05:32

beyondlimits - that was one of my favourites at school - I'd forgotton that. I'm listening to it now!

BeyondLimitsOfTheLivingDead Wed 28-Sep-11 23:07:46

Thinking about it, I think I started primary in 1990...? <intruder>

Ponders Wed 28-Sep-11 23:09:15

my school had Morning has Broken in the 50s & 60s

(it's Robert Browning I think? Cat Stevens only borrowed it)

WoodBetweenTheWorlds Wed 28-Sep-11 23:10:23

Brilliant thread - so many old favourites!

I got told off at school for sniggering at the "naked" bits in "were you there, were you there." <mature>

I also used to get told off for laughing when people added on the extra "of kings" after the last line of "sing hosanna". It was so predictable - no matter how many times we sang it, there would always be one kid who got it wrong.

Used to love kumbaya and "would you walk by on the other side", "rise & shine & give god the glory".

Oh, those were the days!

Mspontipine Wed 28-Sep-11 23:11:30

Ooh "When a knight won his spurs" smile

What about "where have all the flowers gone?" Very depressing. About soldiers dying, being buried and becoming part of the flowers Iirc.

BertieBotts Wed 28-Sep-11 23:16:39

I remember most of these despite being a 90s child.

We used to sing a Christmas one which went:

Come and join the celebration
It's a very special day
Come and share our jubilation
There's a new king born today

and when I was really little the first two words always sounded like "Carman" to me - I thought it was somebody's name, and in the Disney film of the Aristocats, the woman who owns the cats dances around to some music and says "Oh Carmen, my favourite opera!" and I thought it was the same thing grin

I remember the one on the first page about a knight returning home with valour - this was one we sang at our second primary school as a treat if we had been especially good confused

I loved the love is like a magic penny one, though I was a bit confused and remembered thinking if that means that if I share my Piggo (soft toy pig I slept with) and lend him around, I'll end up with lots of him, but actually I don't want lots, I only want him, and I don't want to share him either sad - but feeling that this was somehow selfish!

The weirdest one was at my first primary school in about year 5, which would have been 1998. I posted about it ages ago on facebook and nobody remembered it except a few people from my school. We came to the conclusion one of the teachers had written it! It went on about how we'd had the stone age and the ice age etc etc and now things were great because we were in the age of the chip! (And then got confused with itself as to whether it meant computer chips or potato chips. Possibly this was meant to be ironic but it was lost on a 10 year old.)

BertieBotts Wed 28-Sep-11 23:20:37

We'll intrude together BeyondLimits <links arms in a playground fashion>

I'm trying desperately to remember the other "special" one we got at Primary for being good.

BertieBotts Wed 28-Sep-11 23:27:34

Ahh I remembered it!! Did anyone else sing "The Gypsy Rover"? It went:

Ah dee do ah dee do da day
Ah dee do ah dee day dee
He whistled and sang
Til the greenwoods rang
And he won the heart of a laaaaaaaaaaaydee

DP wrote a song when he was about 7 which became the school song. Can you imagine the humiliation? His mother still has a cassette tape of him singing it which she brings out at every opportunity (And I had to pretend to be impressed by while trying not to crack up and also listening to what has degenerated into a load of fuzz)

housemum Wed 28-Sep-11 23:40:24

DD2 has just started at a C of E primary. she came home singing "one more step along the road I go". It is now an earworm, I cannot get rid of it, it has found me again after 30 years...
Only skimmed through, have we done "Go Tell It On The mountain" yet? (I thought it was " go tellies on the mountain", like a news report)
And "Oh Jesus I have Promised" with a kind of syncopated cowboyish beat?
"Cross Over the Road, My friend"?

strictlycomedancingdiva Wed 28-Sep-11 23:44:25

Wow, have been transported right back!

Ones mentioned that have really taken me there:

Think of a world without any flowers
When a Knight won his spurs
Streets of London

So many memories, and has made me a little sad for my best friend at primary school with whom I used to sing along....

Bellagio Wed 28-Sep-11 23:47:58

brilliant thread, so many memories!
Rock I just went back in time -speed bonnie boat ! what about "ye banks and braes"? grin

Ah little donkey too!
Staying on a christmassy note how about "oh little town of Bethlehem"

Also we used to sing one at Christmas that went
"let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me,
Let there be peace on earth the peace that was meant to be
With god as our father brothers all are we
Let me walk with my brother in perfect har-mon-y"

AmberLeaf Thu 29-Sep-11 00:07:51

Dont think ive seen it on this thread yet, or maybe ive seen it but a different verse?

'Go tell it on the mountains...over the hills and far awaaaaay, go tell it on the mountain Jesus christ was born todaaaay'

Anyone remember that one?

Also 'Little boxes'

'Little boxes on the hillside...little boxes made of ticky tacky'

Loved the Magic penny, little donkey, lord of the dance and others already mentioned here.

What was that 'when you were naked' one?

housemum Thu 29-Sep-11 00:20:07

Loved Little Boxes, they used it for the first couple of series of Weeds as the theme tune (think it might have orginally been Joni Mitchel or someone?). As a child, I don't think I really understood it but as an adult sitting in a newish built house amongst other houses of the same size and style, with the cars on the drive and the gardening at the weekend I fully get it now smile

The naked one was:
"When I needed a neighbour, were you there were you there, when I needed a neighbour were you there?
And the creed and the colour and the name don't matter, were you there
I was cold i was naked were you there, were you there etc etc"

strictlycomedancingdiva Thu 29-Sep-11 00:29:56

Ah, Amberleaf, 'Little boxes' although having just googled it, I'm sure I don't remember singing all those verses in school about lawyers and martinis etc etc!

Esian Thu 29-Sep-11 00:43:34

Loving this thread smile

Can anyone remember the words to Little Donkey? I want to sing it to my self DD.

I'll add 'Go, the mass is over, go into the world' always sung with great gusto because it meant mass had finished. blush

Esian Thu 29-Sep-11 00:51:38

We're off, we're off,
We're off in a motor car,
60 coppers are after us,
And they don't know where we are.

We fell, we fell,
We fell down a dirty well.........

Or something along those lines grin

loopylou6 Thu 29-Sep-11 00:59:05

Im goinggggg, to paint a perrrrrfect pictureeeeee, a world offfffffffff make beeeelieveee, nooooooo more sufferinggggggg <I cant remeber the rest .

startail Thu 29-Sep-11 01:06:01

These are great, I'm slightly older left primary in '79 so the serious hymns I sung at school and the more modern stuff mainly at Guide campfires. This little light of mine I'm going to let it shine, hide it under a bush oh no and something about not puffing it out really got on my nerves.
The one that hasn't been mentioned that we sang a lot was All things bright and beautiful, I quite liked that.

AmberLeaf Thu 29-Sep-11 02:00:50

housemum Its the 'creed and the colour' bit that always stuck in my head. I dont know why! the whole song used to make me feel quite emotional though!

I didnt get the little boxes on at the time either, I actually thought there was a place somewhere that had boxes made from 'ticky tacky' whatever I thought that was!

strictly I dont remember those other verses either!

AmberLeaf Thu 29-Sep-11 02:04:06


Little donkey, little donkey
On the dusty road
Got to keep on plodding onwards
With your precious load.

Been a long time, little donkey
Through the winter's night
Don't give up now, little donkey
Bethlehem's in sight.

Ring out those bells tonight
Bethlehem, Bethlehem
Follow that star tonight
Bethlehem, Bethlehem.

Little donkey, little donkey
Had a heavy day
Little donkey
Carry Mary safely on her way.

Little donkey, little donkey
On the dusty road
There are wise men waiting for a
Sign to bring them here.

Do not falter, little donkey
There's a star ahead
It will guide you, little donkey
To a cattle shed.

Ring out those bells tonight
Bethlehem, Bethlehem
Follow that star tonight
Bethlehem, Bethlehem.


muminthecity Thu 29-Sep-11 02:07:31

These are brilliant!  I remember almost all of them. I loved Streets of Londo, magic penny, one more step along the road. We also sang I'm forever blowing bubbles and You'll never walk alone - perhaps because we had a football mad headmaster? We sang another one that was about soldiers that had died in the war, some of the lyrics were "where have all the flowers gone? Long time passing, where have all the flowers gone, long time ago." Anyone else remember that one?

(Apologies for poor spelling/grammar, am strstruggling with new phone!)

bilblio Thu 29-Sep-11 02:25:04

I remember everyone being made to sing "On-ward Christian Sooooooldiers" over and over until we were actually singing it, rather than shouting it. smile

We had 3 hymn books, a big blue one, a small yellow one, which had "Stand up, clap hands, shout thankyou Lord" I loved doing the actions for that. Then a photocopied copy of Come and Praise. The first 2 years got proper copies, but the last 2 got photocopies smile
I can't think of "When a Knight Won His Spurs" without thinking of the poem from "Please Mrs Butler" now. grin
Apologies for lack of paragraphs, keyboard isn't working!

bilblio Thu 29-Sep-11 02:40:29

Or apparently it is.

We sang all the none religious ones in school choir, or when one of the teachers would get his guitar out. He had a great one called "Walking the Bulldog" which was meant to be an English version of Waltzing matilda. We also learn a lovely song called "Mr Puch & Judy man" which I spent years after trying to track down.
We did weird musicals too. Sweeney Tood (I was really disappointed when I didn't know the songs in the Johnny Depp film) We also did a song about the 3 Kings buying gifts with mastercard hmm
I grew up in an area that has local Christmas carols, traditionally sung in the pub, but we always sang them at school. It wasn't until I moved away that I realised no-one knew my versions, everyone else knew the boring slow versions they sing on telly.

I remember most of these, but does anybody remember the one that had a bit about the nightingale singing?

TrickyWoo Thu 29-Sep-11 04:44:15

I have a favourite brother
his christian name is Paul and he da da da
da da da da da da da Football
because he's football crazy
he's football mad
the football it has taken away
the little bit of sense he had
and it would take a dozen servants
to wash his clothes and scrub

since Paul became a member
of that terrible football club

NightLark Thu 29-Sep-11 06:17:00

oooh, something `bout with every step I take/let this be my .... vow .... / let me walk with my brother / in perfect harmony ' (in green pen on an OHP sheet).

And of course 'If I had a hammer / I'd hammer in the morning / I'd hammer in the evening / all over this la-a-and / I'd hammer out danger, / I'd hammer out a waaaarning / I'd hammer out the [something and something and something else lalalala] / all over this laaaaand

nooka Thu 29-Sep-11 06:20:40

The only song I really remember singing at primary school had the main chorus of Ave, Ave, Ave Maria, and was the most dirgy hymn ever, and I suspect is very Catholic. We must have sung other stuff because our school had an excellent music teacher and we used to sing in competitions. The happy clappy hymns I sang at church - again a bit oddly as we had a real fire and brimstone priest combined with very folky style guitar playing music. And to make it even more odd my father who had to take the four of us is really quite high church, so I've no idea why we went there.

Still I loved the singing, an as an atheist its the only bit about church going that I miss

CupOfBrownJoy Thu 29-Sep-11 06:25:21

I'm wracking my brains trying to remember the name of our Hymn book in primary. It was a catholic school, so probably the hymn book is someething specifically Catholic. It had a grey cover with purple swirls on, and it had the music with the hymns cos we used to be allowed to accompany sometimes on the recorder.... blush Please help!!

CupOfBrownJoy Thu 29-Sep-11 06:25:40

sorry paragraphs seem to have gone walkabout....

neepsntatties Thu 29-Sep-11 06:26:56

I remember so many of these! Light up the fire was my favourite. In our books the word naked was scored out of the were you there song and replaced with frozen. We thought this was very funny.

TheBolter Thu 29-Sep-11 06:44:02

Oh jesus I have promised
To serve to the end
Be thou forever near me
My master and my friend

Then something about the storms of battle I think....

Also that one 'when lamps are lighted in the town, and boats sailed out to sea...'

TheBolter Thu 29-Sep-11 06:45:23

To serve thee to the end

TheBolter Thu 29-Sep-11 06:47:37

And we had bread and fishes
And a jug if read wine

Can't remember any more!

TheBolter Thu 29-Sep-11 06:48:40

Of red wine. Bloody phone

Just found Come and Praise here for £3.67!

I might have to buy it, for old times sake <sad> grin

Right, Tequila, thanks to you I was up at 4am trying to remember the weird "Town Without Any Houses" song that used to Freak Me The Fuck Out when I was a little girl grin

and lo thanks to St Google...

Think of a world without any people,Think of a street with no-one living there,Think of a town without any houses,No-one to love and nobody to care.We thank You, Lordfor families and friendships,We thank You, Lord,and praise Your holy name.

I think I might have sung this not long after watching When The Wind Blows and got a bit Holocaust-phobic aged seven confused

HSMM Thu 29-Sep-11 08:09:54

for when a knight won his spurs

HSMM Thu 29-Sep-11 08:11:56

Armageddon grin

I remember that one too!

festivalwidow Thu 29-Sep-11 09:17:02

ayestotheright we had 'I watch the sunrise' at our secondary school leavers' assembly - not a dry eye in the house. Then again, I did know someone who was suspended (strict school) for substituting the word 'penguin' for 'pilgrim' - giving "Let fancies flee away! I'll fear not what men say - I'll labour night and day to be a penguin..."

Esian Thu 29-Sep-11 09:31:17

Amber Leaf thank you! I will have DD singing that for Christmas smile

the Bolter bread and fishes was the St. Winifreds school choir one. I think they even appeared on Top of the Pops. I had the single. blush

housemum Thu 29-Sep-11 09:39:14

Bonkers20 - did you go to school in Berkshire?? I so remember the miserable "Donna Donna" about the cow being slaughtered! And house of the rising sun, lily the pink, streets of London, little boxes... Our class teacher (mid 70s) was a big right on, in a folk band and into Morris dancing. I thought she was fab, my mum always got a bit cats-bum-face!

School hymn book was a slim pamphlet style book, thunk it was by BBC and called Songs of Praise (I always though that meant we might get on telly one day!)

Musicals - we did Oliver, Joseph, and "Captain Noah & His Floating Zoo"

"but Noah and his family they've been good
Go Noah build me a boat of [something] wood
Make it two - fifty long by 75 feet wide
With a [blah and a blah] and a roof and a door in the side
Gonna make it rain and rain and rain and rain and rain
Gonna make it rain and rain and rain and rain and rain
Gonna make it rain and rain and rain and wash them sinners down the drain
Gonna make it rain and rain and rain and rain and rain"

LittlePumpkinHead Thu 29-Sep-11 09:50:38

I haven't read all the pages, and I don't think it came out of the Come and Praise book, but did anyone sing 'Tails tails tails' in assembly? that was definitely my favourite

Tails tails tails you can swing them to and fro
You can wrap them round your middle
You can tie them in a bow
You can wave them when you're angry
You can wag them when you're glad
You can chase them round and round and round and round and round and round
Until you driiiiiiiive the neighbours mad

My favourite Christmas song was 'it was on a starry night', still get goosebumps and Christmassy feelings now

BertieBotts Thu 29-Sep-11 10:02:53

That reminds me of "Do your ears hang low?" - does it have the same tune? We used to have to sing it 3 times, once normally, once whispering, and once like a robot. I have no idea why!

TobyLeWolef Thu 29-Sep-11 10:07:02

I love Autumn Days smile

My friend died in a car accident when we were in 6th form and his parents chose One More Step Along the World I Go for his funeral. It was really sad, but lovely. We all cried sad

TobyLeWolef Thu 29-Sep-11 10:08:32

Oh, I really loved When A Knight Won His Spurs! (reading the thread in bits)

I had Make Me A Channel of Your Peace at my wedding.

MuthaInsuperior Thu 29-Sep-11 10:08:46

Morning is Broken
Kumbaya or whatever the hell it was called

And we used to sing The Streets of London - which I quite liked actually. Better than all that religious shit that was being forced down our little Atheist throats.

marialuisa Thu 29-Sep-11 10:17:30

Nooka-Do you mean the one that begins "Immaculate Mary our hearts are on fire..." and then has the "Ave, ave, ave maria" chorus. I think it has about 16 verses? Everyone used to start off really enthusiastically and run out of steam by verse 8!

weblette Thu 29-Sep-11 10:20:25

Oh so many faves here! Colours of Day, When a Knight. Also remember trying to see who could sing 'ink is black, page is White, together we learn to do a shite' loudest blush and 'to be a penguin' instead of pilgrim and 'most highly flavoured gravy' instead of Mary.

nickschick Thu 29-Sep-11 10:31:47

Ohhh I love these - I home ed and we often you tube these kind of songs and sing them grin.

Once ds1 was off school ill and ds2 and ds3 were being H.E so we sang 'we plough the fields etc' with ds3 sing the plough the fields and scatter the seeds all the time low in the background iyswim.

When dh came home from work ds1 announced he was definitely back at school the next day .....why? asked dh -'cos im not bloody singing her songs' was the reply.

Autumn days is my fave !! and at the youth club Im at I get the teenagers to sing it its fab!!1

nickschick Thu 29-Sep-11 10:32:42

Kum by yah means 'come by here' allegedly so Mrs Sharp told me in infant 2 ....when I was caught singing 'tin of boiled ham'.hmm.

We also sang a Noah one but all I can remember of it is...

By 2, by 2, by 2, by 2, by 2, by 2, by 2, by 2, by 2, by 2, by 2, by 2, by 2, by 2, by 2, byyyyyyy 22222222, byyyyyyyyy 2, by 2....

No idea what that was but it's now stuck in my head hmm

stomping Thu 29-Sep-11 11:00:54

go forth, increase and multiply, go forth, increase and multiply, go forth, increase and multiply by two by two.....................................

DeWe Thu 29-Sep-11 11:16:54

My brother thought "When a Knight won his spurs" was about someone breaking their arm. We think it was the bit which says "with a shield on his arm" grin

Sparklees Thu 29-Sep-11 11:29:16

Tequila - I know the one you mean, but alas I can only remember a little more:

"The animals came by two by two by twoooo by twooooo"

..what you said..


"The animals came by two by two, the elephant and the kangaroo and they all something something something something"

I think!

Sparklees Thu 29-Sep-11 11:31:03

Oooh, here you go!


The animals went in two by two. Hurrah! Hurrah!
The animals went in two by two. Hurrah! Hurrah!
The animals went in two by two,
The elephant and the kangaroo,
And they all went into the ark, for to get out of the rain.

The animals went in three by three. Hurrah! Hurrah!
The animals went in three by three. Hurrah! Hurrah!
The animals went in three by three,
The wasp, the ant and the bumblebee,
And they all went into the ark, for to get out of the rain.

The animals went in four by four. Hurrah! Hurrah!
The animals went in four by four. Hurrah! Hurrah!
The animals went in four by four,
The great hippopotamus stuck in the door,
And they all went into the ark, for to get out of the rain.

and so on and so forth..

ShowOfHands Thu 29-Sep-11 11:31:36

Nobody remembers the 'By Brother Sun' one then? It was bloody jaunty. Not hymn like at all. I used to love the days when we had that one.

BIL's bf at primary school was knocked off his bike in a hit and run accident and killed. The children all sang 'One More Step Along The World I Go' at his funeral. It was a few months before he would have sung it himself in the leaving ceremony. I can't even listen to it anymore.

And SIL had Make Me A Channel Of Your Peace at her funeral and I just couldn't get through it.

It's funny how these songs stay with you. I was sure I didn't know the When A Knight Won His Spurs one and then I heard the first line on YouTube and could sing along with it.

Sparklees, YES! The end is dum dum dum de dum, trying to get out of the rain?

ShowOfHands Thu 29-Sep-11 11:32:46

And I could sing the theme to Through The Dragon's Eye if you wanted me to. I won't though.

Primary school infected me with many things from an arsenal of songs I don't need or necessarily even like to a love of custard.

Oops x-posted, stupid iPhone not updating properly!

That's the one, so pleased I now know some more words grin

happyhorse Thu 29-Sep-11 11:33:10

Our teachers used to get half the kids to sing 'Lets all go down the Strand' and the other half to sing 'have a banana' between every line. Looking back I can see that the headmaster was completely bonkers.

I used to like Spring has sprung, the grass is riz, I wonder where the birdies is smile

jenfraggle Thu 29-Sep-11 11:34:04

One that always sticks in my mind is Oh Lord Hear My Prayer as the first bit was always done as a solo by the same person. We didn't like her much and she would always take a big breath through her nose between each line that was really noisy. We used to take the piss something awful behind her back.

peanutsmuggler Thu 29-Sep-11 11:40:19

So many memories!

Don't think this ones been mentioned yet...

Don't build your house on the sandy land
Don't build it too near the shore
Oh it might look nice but you'll have to build it twice
Oh you'll have to build you house once more

Can also remember singing he's got the whole world in his pants instead of hands.

MyMelody Thu 29-Sep-11 11:45:35

i remember so many of these! just thinking of them really takes me back to being stood in assembly, brilliant thread.

Anyone remember one called 'Listen' or something like that? went-

listen, let your heart keep beating
listen, to the something something
listen, to the spirit called yooooouuu
<music do do do do do do do>

MyMelody Thu 29-Sep-11 11:47:11

'give me oil in my lamp' really really strikes a chord with me, just takes me right back 20 yrs!

MyMelody Thu 29-Sep-11 11:52:57

just had a search, it was listen let you heart keep seeking i think, but can't find all the lyrics

listen, let your heart keep seeking
listen, da da da da da da
listen, to the spirit calling you

BrigitBigKnickers Thu 29-Sep-11 12:26:44

*Showof Hands*- By Brother Sun was called "The Song of St Francis" and was in "Come and Praise" 2.

I always used to get told off by my staff for playing this one too fast as it's quite wordy (am music teacher). Kids loved it though- was wondering what to do in singing assembly next week <goes off to find the music>

Ooh another one has come back to me, not from Come and Praise though.

Something about church bells maybe?

'clingety clang, clingety clang. But of course, of course, it wasn't right, for the bells to be ringing so lateeeee at nighttttt'

Any ideas?

ben5 Thu 29-Sep-11 13:37:36

Morning has Broken was at the beginning of the book and i hated it! I liked give me oil in my lamp keep me burning!

MissIngaFewmarbles Thu 29-Sep-11 13:40:14

MissIngaFewmarbles, I don't remember that one, sorry!

SuchFunSuchFun Thu 29-Sep-11 13:58:24

£3.83 on Amazon, it's not quite the original but it's got them all in there. For that price I think I might be adding it to my next order!! grin

exorbitclamp Thu 29-Sep-11 14:55:23

I blubber everytime I hear the children sing Autumn Days at parents assembly.

Did not sing it at my school though so am a bit late too it, glad I've heard it now though.

At my school we sang about Maisy dotes and dozy dotes, haven't a clue what that one was about.

RE Autumn days, has anyone ever actually seen "jet planes meeting in the air to be refuelled" ? confused

And if so, is it a phenomenon exclusive to Autumn? confused confused

Ponders Thu 29-Sep-11 15:02:05

I imagine they could think of absolutely no other rhyme for jewelled wink

OriginalPoster Thu 29-Sep-11 15:14:15

Hands to work and feet to run
Gods good gifts he gave to you
Hands and feet he gave to us
to help each other the whole day through

Eyes to see and ears to hear
Gods good gifts e gave to you
Eyes and ears he gave to us
To help each other the whole day through


OriginalPoster Thu 29-Sep-11 15:15:52

We thank you oh lord for the joys of the town
The buses and lorries that roar up and down
Shop windows and playgrounds
And swings in the park
And street lamps that twinkle in roads after dark

DorcasGailen Thu 29-Sep-11 15:16:57

Away in a Manger was one of my favourites. I also remember a song that went a long the lines of "my old man said follow that van and dont dilly dally on the way"

OriginalPoster Thu 29-Sep-11 15:18:40

Little birds in wintertime
Hungry are and poor
Feed them for the fathers sake
Til the winters o'er

Throw them crumbs that you can spare
Round about your door
Feed them for the fathers sake
Til the winters o'er

All much nicer than the witty songs about Christmas shopping that they all sing now...

Loved Autumn Days, When a Knight won his spurs and O Jesus I have promised (sung as quickly as possible in our school).
Does anyone remember 'said Judas to Mary'?, I loved the tune (not so much the words as was grappling with inner religious conflict even then wink), think I might have to buy a copy from amazon now if they haven't sold out by now!

Oh and did you have music to walk into assembly to? We had a mad very interesting music teacher who played Albatross by Fleetwood Mac every sodding morning for us to listen to hmm

OriginalPoster Thu 29-Sep-11 15:21:55

Jesus loves me yes I know
For the bible tells me so
Little one to him belong
We are weak but he is strong

Sorry, on a roll, and haven't read whole thread

<<Beatific smile>>

Ponders Thu 29-Sep-11 15:22:34

My old man
Said follow the van
& don't dilly dally on the way
Off went the van with me 'ome packed in it
I follered on with me old cock linnet
I dillied, I dallied
Dallied & I dillied
Lost me way & don't know where to roam
Oh you can't trust a special like an old time copper
When you can't find your way 'ome

(to be sung in a Cockney accent, Dorcas grin)

ElaineReese Thu 29-Sep-11 15:24:33

Said Judas to Mary - really dirgey and miserable sounding, but I quite liked it too!

Conjures up a very odd image though, doesn't it? Wipey wipey ointmenty feet.

DorcasGailen Thu 29-Sep-11 15:27:18

Ponders I have a scouse accent!
I always thought it was with My old clock in it! What is a cock linnet?

grin elainereese, glad I'm not alone!

Raahh Thu 29-Sep-11 15:40:56

I was a hymn book monitor- and one of the perks was getting a really new copy of the book. The teachers got them, and the headmaster had his own special copy. At lunch times, we would waste hours trying to stick all the faded copies back together. Another perk ws operating the cassette recorder (most of come and praise was to a backing track)

I remember (I think, not c and p)-a song called 'The family of man'- 1979 was the international year of the child, and we used to sing that alot. I hated it.

Also, .Morningtown ride'-
'train whistle blowing, makes a sleepy noise...'

I liked all the dirgy ones best in 'Come and Praise'.

I used to like wednesday mornings, because we sang 'proper' hymns like 'Onward Christian soldiers'. We had a pianist then, too.grin

Ponders Thu 29-Sep-11 15:42:26

it's a bird - sparrow-type? a pet, in a cage smile

ScatterChasse Thu 29-Sep-11 15:42:28

NeedToSleep / elainereesewas that the one that went 'I'll pour it all over the feet of my Lord and I'll wipe it away with my hair'?

I always thought it was odd.

I liked 'somebody greater than you or me, put the apple on the apple tree'

And 'I'm going to paint a perfect picture, a world of make belee-eeve'

giyadas Thu 29-Sep-11 15:45:38

MissIngaFewmarbles - I remember that one! I like the melancholy ones.

kellestar Thu 29-Sep-11 15:45:43

Mum salvaged the come and praise books when the new Head took over. There are three boxes in her attic full. I scrimped a copy and the piano music book.

Loved them so much. Was a guide leader and was regularly on the carol service committee, the older leaders want all the old ones with every verse, where as us younger leaders wanted 'when santa got stuck up a chimney' 'christmas alphabet' and 'calypso carol' which they all hated because they were fun.

I played the recorder in assemblies during my last year. Mum was so proud but I felt a bit disappointed as wanted to sing hymns.

Badger Girl, Geordie Racer and Through the Dragon's Eye were great. Can you remember the 'Magic E' song??

DH went to the school nearby and they didn't have any of this, was a similar rural school.

tablefor3 Thu 29-Sep-11 15:54:32

Right - I can add some more details:

The Noah one, "by two, by two, by two, by two, etc go forth, increase and multiply etc" was from a cantata by Michael Horowitz, at least one version of which had proper SATB harmonies.

"Maisy Dotes and Dosy Dotes" is a sort of tongue twister cos the real words are:

"Mares eat oats and does eat oats, and kiddly lambs eat ivy, a kid'll eat ivy too, wouldn't you"

But, the point is to sing:

"maisty doates and dosy dotes and kidldly dams a-divy. A kiddldy divy-doo woulnd't you"

I think it's a music hall song.

Now - anyone else remember:

"When father papered the parlour,
We couldn;t see him for dust.
Papering here, papering there,
paste and paper everywhere.

Mother got stuck to the ceiling.
The children got stuck to the floor.
Did you ever met a bloomin' family so stuck up before?"

OriginalPoster Thu 29-Sep-11 15:54:37

I love the sun
It shines down on me
God made the sun and god made me

I love the wind etc

chrisrobin Thu 29-Sep-11 15:57:01

Oh 'Come and Praise' I loved putting the OHP sheets on and moving them up and down as we sang. Did anyone else have 'Apuskiduski' a song book with fish on the front? The title song went something like 'In middle ocean, sardines are swimming apuskiduski, apuskidoo...'

My MiL recently complained that Octonauts was teaching my son nonsensical words ie Tunip, I thought about apuskduski and smiled to myself- we were taught far worse!

Kellestar you have 3 boxes full of come and praise? envy

You could start a little business up on here I reckon winkgrin

housemum Thu 29-Sep-11 15:59:56

My first junior school headmaster had a booming deep Welsh voice, his favourite hymn was, "the old rugged cross". Confused me the whole, "exchange it one day for a crown" as my nan had just told me about old money, crowns and half crowns. Had visions of exchanging the cross for 25p!

OriginalPoster Thu 29-Sep-11 16:05:44

Here's a depressing one, I wonder if anyone else had to sing this?

'the rain it keeps falling down my window
Just like tears, just like tears
As if the world it was weeping for her children
Down the years, down the years
So what have we learned since the Christ child was born
And died for us on the tree
And why are we still waiting
And why can't we find peace
And why are we so blind that we can't see?

Jdub Thu 29-Sep-11 16:15:28

I remember having 2 hymn books at infants - a red hardback one with a black and white picture of children singing, on the cover, and another one. And I think 'When I knight won his spurs' was number 66! Junior school was just one hymn book with what reminded me of sea weed and fish on I think! There was a lovely hymn that mentioned fishermen out at sea, but I can't think for the life of me what it was called.

Also we had 'Time and Tune' which we listened to on the radio and had song books to sing along with. One character was called 'Tweedwitch'. Lovely memories!

OriginalPoster Thu 29-Sep-11 16:22:47

I liked

Will yerrancherr hold in the storrumms of life
When the clouds unfold their winds of strife
When the storm clouds lift and the cables strain
Will yerranchir lift or firrrum remain?

Sung in broad Scottish accent

All these remind me of talking in strong accent and dialect at school, now watered down after long years of living in Englishland...

CustardIsMyNemesis Thu 29-Sep-11 16:24:33

<Gets all giddy and starts jumping up and down> I bought this book about 9 years ago when DH and I couldn't decide on hymns for our wedding. It’s the proper book like what we had in school!

DH refused to let me have the tiny ant song for one of the hymns(I thought we could split 'his side' and 'my side' to sing it in a beautiful harmonious way sigh ) Like strawberrie we had keep me travelling smile

I’m going to have to ask DH to go in the attic later and bring it down (I’d go up but my attic is guarded by a big spider called Pete who dislikes me intensly…)

CustardIsMyNemesis Thu 29-Sep-11 16:25:18

It’s the proper book like what we had in school! You can tell I went to a very good school with grammar like that!

CupOfBrownJoy Thu 29-Sep-11 16:30:30

Oh and a right Catholic weepy-wailey...

Ave Maria
Grazia Plena
Benedicta too

All I have I give you
Every dream and wish are yours
Mother of Christ
Mother of mine
Present them to my Lord

Rpt dodgy latin chorus...

(excuse me for the bad Latin and possible wrong words, I am now a very excommunicated lapsed Catholic!)

bilblio Thu 29-Sep-11 16:31:43

I think a lot of the non-religious ones are from Apuskidu, there were a few similar books. I have Apuskidu but not the others.

My favourite from Apuskidu was the "Super Supper March" I posted some of it as a FB status a few weeks ago and everyone thought I'd lost the plot, or having very odd non-veggie cravings. grin

Hungry, hungry I am hungry
Table, table here I come
I could eat a goose-moose burger
Fifteen pickles and a purple plum

I could eat three bowls of goulash
Half a pound of wuzzled wheat
I could eat a peck of poobers
Then I'd really get to work and eat

Oysters, noodles, strawberry stroodles
French fries, fish hash, one red beet
Lamb chops, wham chops
Huckleberry mish mash
Oh, the things that I could eat

Doughnuts, dump-a-lings
Blueberry bump-a-lings
Chocolate mush-mash, super sweet
Clam stew, ham stew,
Water melon wush wush
Oh, the stuff that I could eat

Deep dish rhubarb, upside-down cake
I could eat a frittered flum
Hungry, hungry, I am starviiiiiiiing
Table, table, table, here I come!

Waltraut Thu 29-Sep-11 16:31:50

OMG what an evocative thread. I long for the days when I didn't ache if I sat cross-legged for more than ten seconds.

Don't know if it was in Come and Praise, but I loved 'Come down Zaccheus! Down from the tree! Come down Zaccheus, give the Lord his tea.' I had visions of Zaccheus giving Jesus a plate of fishfingers, chips and beans.

OriginalPoster Thu 29-Sep-11 16:36:42

Who's that sitting in the sycamore tree
It's Zaccheus give the Lord his tea

<<sings along with Walt>>

HappyFinnish Thu 29-Sep-11 16:39:07

I remember no songs but recall Mr Hurd's screech as my friend crashed the piano lid onto his fingers.

Kladdkaka Thu 29-Sep-11 16:42:03

My favourite was:

I have seen the golden sunshine
I have watched the flowers grow
I have listened to the songbirds
And there's one thing that I know
They were all put there for us to share by someone so divine
And is you're a friend of Jesus
You're a friend of mine.

Blimey, didn't realise I still knew all the words.

housemum Thu 29-Sep-11 16:44:57

DD2 is singing "the ink is black, the page is white" I guess the headteacher had the same influences as us! (It's a C of E Primary)

I still have Apusskidu smile

Kladdkaka Thu 29-Sep-11 16:47:45

Oh and a right Catholic weepy-wailey...

Ave Maria
Grazia Plena
Benedicta too

All I have I give you
Every dream and wish are yours
Mother of Christ
Mother of mine
Present them to my Lord

Rpt dodgy latin chorus...

(excuse me for the bad Latin and possible wrong words, I am now a very excommunicated lapsed Catholic!)

You are the first person in world I have come across in adulthood who knows this song. I was beginning to think I'd imagined it. I could only ever remember the first verse (yours is the second)

As I kneel before you
As I bow my head in prayer
Take this day
Make it yours
And fill me with your love.

cumbria81 Thu 29-Sep-11 16:51:07

I still have my Come and Praise book from 1992. I nicked it on the last day of year 6 because I wanted to be able to sing the songs at home {geek emoticon}

workhomelifebalanceisrubbish Thu 29-Sep-11 16:55:34

love this thread...makes me wish my dc went to a c of e school like me...just so they could sing these hymns....

Ooh I remember these. We also used to have an Assembly on Friday afternoon and the last song was always;

We're going home <clap> <clap>
We're going home <clap> <clap>
We're going home to Dad and Mum
It's time to go <clap> <clap>
It's time to go <clap> <clap>
Because the day is nearly done
And now we thank you Lord, keep us this night
Quite safe from harm til morning light
We're going home <clap> <clap>
We're going home <clap> <clap>
So goodnight to everyone

I liked that <wistful>

Jdub Thu 29-Sep-11 16:56:02

I take the geek prize regarding hymn books - we were given ours once we'd got to a certain point on the reading scheme at infants, and I used to ask if I could sit and read my hymn books at playtime sometimes!

piratecat Thu 29-Sep-11 16:56:35

very evocative thread!

Jesus bids us shine
With a pure, clear light,
Like a little candle
Burning in the night.
In this world of darkness
We must shine—
You in your small corner,
And I in mine.!!

and does anyone remember the infamous 'Found a peanut' song, circa 1976, in Wales, for coach journeys?????!!

RubyLovesMayMay Thu 29-Sep-11 17:01:33

I havent read all 16 pages of this thread, but from the first 5 that I have, can I just say that you guys have made a hot, flustered, tired pregnant young woman smile and spontaneoulsy break out in song today

So thank you thanks grin

Adversecamber Thu 29-Sep-11 17:02:46

Found a peanut, found a peanut, found a peanut yesterday (repeated a few times)
What it taste like, what it taste like , what it taste like yesterday (repeated again)
Bloody awful, bloody awful, bloody awful yesterday ( again repeated)

Spot on 1976 kind of time, on the Isle of Wight though!

exorbitclamp Thu 29-Sep-11 17:21:46

Thanks tablefor3, have not come across anybody who knew about maisy dotes until now.

We sang virtually every one mentioned, including some of the more hippy/folky ones...

Didn't see:

If I had a hammer, I'd hammer in the morning,
I'd hammer in the evening,
All over this land.
I'd hammer out danger! I'd hammer out a warning!
I'd hammer out the love between my brothers and my sisters,
Alllllllllllllllllllll over this land.

nickschick Thu 29-Sep-11 18:04:15

Re 'jet planes waiting in the air to be refuelled' I always thought it was the smokey cold breath you get on a frosty morning? it looks like the lines in the air a jet plane leaves behind?

LynetteScavo Thu 29-Sep-11 18:09:45

ScaredyDog, Can't believe you've never heard of "Oh Jesus I have promised"! Friends of mine had it at their wedding just because they knew everybody would know it and sing along. grin I went to a state school where the teacher would play it really fast, in a sort of Jazz way, then I went to a private school where it was played really, really slowly. Summed up both schools, really,

Kladdkaka Thu 29-Sep-11 18:10:43

Did anyone else aspire to be the kid who got to change the sheets on the overhead projector or was that just me?

LynetteScavo Thu 29-Sep-11 18:15:05

I really wish my DC knew:

Autumn Days

Give me Joy In My Heart

There is a green Hill Far Away

When I Knight Won His Spurs

Come By Yar M' Lord (or whatever!)

Lord of the Dance

We Plough The Fields and Scatter........I am shock that they don't know this.

The board is black the chalk is white, together we learn to read and write, to read and write....

MerryMagdalene Thu 29-Sep-11 18:15:40

Haven't read the whole thrad, but remember this so well!

Our Headteacher liked 'Water of life', so we had to sing it practically every day.

My favourite was 'One More Step'.

LynetteScavo Thu 29-Sep-11 18:17:01

Joins in with Kladdkaka "I've seen the light, I've seen the light, and that's why my heart sings, I've heard the"....What's the next bit? confused

Waaaaaater, water of life, Jesus gives us the water of life

grin love that one!

Kladdkaka Thu 29-Sep-11 18:18:06

Our Headteacher liked Morning Has Broken. We hated it because we hated her. We used to call her Grottbags because she looked like the witch in Emu's Pink Windmill.

Kladdkaka Thu 29-Sep-11 18:18:45

... I've known the joy, I've known the joy that loving Jesus brings. grin

I woke DD up this morning by singing and dancing at her door ...

Why don't you build yourself a word? Build yourself a word with an ing, to say it's happening. Take happen, and ing, build yourself a word. All together now, happening, happening!

She wasn't impressed sad

pocketfullofposies Thu 29-Sep-11 18:22:43

Kladdkaka thank you! Remembering that song has brought a smile to my face and a little tear to my eye.

ChuffMuffin Thu 29-Sep-11 18:23:23

Our school used to make us sing this in assembly. What the fuck was that about?

LynetteScavo Thu 29-Sep-11 18:23:37

Ohh I hateed Morning Has Broken too grin

There was a girl in the year above me who got to sing a solo bit everytime there was an assmebly with parents. She used to talk in a special way, which I admired...I only realised when I was much older she had a Welsh accent.grin

Kladdkaka Thu 29-Sep-11 18:25:51

I just remember another. The depressing:

Think of a world without any flowers
Think of a world without any rain
Think of a sky without any sunshine
Think of a [...] blah, blah, blah I can't remember the rest.

LynetteScavo Thu 29-Sep-11 18:30:17

Think of a world without any flowers
Think of a world without any rain
Think of a sky without any sunshine
Think of a world with no one living there

We thank you lord for flowers trees and sunshine
We thank you lord, and praise your holy name

Kladdkaka Thu 29-Sep-11 18:31:51

Our school used to make us sing this in assembly. What the fuck was that about?


The funniest bit of music I've ever seen in school was at my daughter's infant Catholic school nativity play. The angels came skipping out to some tinkling angelly sounding music and all the parents were like 'aahh bless'. Apart from me and my brother who tried not too but could help cracking up laughing. It was Tubular Bells otherwise known as the theme tune from The Exorcist.

LynetteScavo Thu 29-Sep-11 18:32:17

Think of a world without any houses
Think of a world without any trees
Think of a sky without any people
No one to love and nobody to care

We thank you lord for flowers trees and sunshine
We thank you lord, and praise your holy name

I quite liked it. blush

Kladdkaka Thu 29-Sep-11 18:35:05

It's very dark though.

LynetteScavo Thu 29-Sep-11 18:38:15

Yes, must the change from minor to major key for the chorus was kind of nice.

I don't think I thought very deeply about anything at middle school. Apart from who could do the best cartwheels.

LynetteScavo Thu 29-Sep-11 18:38:46

I'm typing rubbish. Must read before I post.

CaveMum Thu 29-Sep-11 18:49:30

Marking my place, love this thread!

expectingnumber2 Thu 29-Sep-11 18:50:00

Just reading this post with DH and we are finding it very funny grin

He has just shared with me one they sang at school called the 'George Fox song' and it is a corker! He can only remeber the words for the chorus but here they are

Old leather breeches shaggy shaggy locks,
Old leather breeches shaggy shaggy locks,
With your old leather breeches and your shaggy shaggy locks
You are pulling down the pillars of the world George Fox

Am starting to see why he hasn't forgotten it all these years!

housemum Thu 29-Sep-11 19:27:33

Please, please, don't anyone mention ging gang goolie. HATED it with a vengeance.

UniS Thu 29-Sep-11 19:39:11

ahhh, it was" jesus gives us the water of life"... I'd forgotten the real words and only remembered the altered version we sang at school one year. "Blue peter pipes bring water for life..". BP were doing one of their appeals raising money for a water project in developing world.

fuzzyfeltfox Thu 29-Sep-11 19:56:28

did anyone sing one that went

All over the world,
Everywhere, where the ?????
Chorus: everybody's building, everybody's building,
Everybody's building day by day
everybody's building, everybody's building
evrybody's building in a diiiiiii-ferent way"

I can't remember the verse/s, my friend made up alternative words may be about to out myself

All over the world, everywhere, where the frogs live
and where the elephants die hmm

I used to play the harmonies on recorder in Y5 and 6, we got to stand at the back corner of the hall near the piano, and we had our own copies of the music (so nur)!

Do love this thread. My Year 5/6 teacher always said she wanted 'Autumn Days' sung by a primary school as one of her desert island discs.

Oh, and going back to you'll never get to heaven- once you became an older Guide/Ranger, we used to sing 'on a boy scout's knee, because you'll never know, where his hands will be'.... shock grin

PeachyWhoCannotType Thu 29-Sep-11 19:59:21

Kladd coulda been worse- you had a head like ggrotbags, my mum actuallyw ent tos chool with grotbags LMAO- the aldy who palyed her anyway.

Allboxedin Thu 29-Sep-11 20:03:59

When a knight won his spurs in the stories of old...
Colours of day dawn into the mind...
When I needed a neighbour..
If I had a hammer.....
Have you seen the old man in the closed down market..

Oh those were the days! smile Come on all you pessimists, you know you used to love singing in assembly!

FlightRisk Thu 29-Sep-11 20:04:08

colours of day and when the saints go marching in the only time we didn't lip sync grin

I think we should organize a songs of praise meet-up! 2 specially chosen MNers can place the acetates on an OHP, those of you who can play recorder, should do so and then all we need is a pianist.

I bagsy one of the OHP 'jobs' though grin

Kladdkaka Thu 29-Sep-11 20:14:41

All over the world
Everywhere, where the sun shines
And where the children play
In the ??? ??? and ??? ???
Hands are busy and plans are laid
And slowly, slowly, slowly somebody's hoooouse is made

Everybody's building ...

I hated that song.

Kladdkaka Thu 29-Sep-11 20:16:04

I think we should organize a songs of praise meet-up! 2 specially chosen MNers can place the acetates on an OHP, those of you who can play recorder, should do so and then all we need is a pianist.

ME! ME! ME! Pick me. Please pick me.

weevilswobble Thu 29-Sep-11 20:16:39

Can we be a quiche?

PrideandBumperlicious Thu 29-Sep-11 20:16:42

In the things we do and the things we say...

PrideandBumperlicious Thu 29-Sep-11 20:17:57

That was filling in Kladdkaka's blanks smile

weevilswobble Thu 29-Sep-11 20:18:43

Miss, miss,
<strains to hold hand higher than others while remaining seated and holds arm up with other hand>
its my turn!

Allboxedin Thu 29-Sep-11 20:19:52

Tequila, I'm in grin can I play recorder in some verses and sing in others though?
Our recorder teacher was called Mrs Podmore and she was a bit weird but I am still really good at it grin

carriedababi Thu 29-Sep-11 20:20:02

streets of london,<sob>

excellent thread

BoastingByStealth Thu 29-Sep-11 20:20:48

Wow his thread is fantastic!

Another for the sad Grandfather Clock Group.... and did anyone else sing

*old Roger is dead, and laid in his grave,
laid in his grave, laid in his grave
old Roger is dead and laid in his grave
something something something..
They planted an apple tree over his head,
over his head, over his head,
they planted an apple tree over his head,
something something something*

This also made me sad.

We ALWAYS sang this directly after "I'm a Dingle Dangle Scarecrow" coz we had to lie down and be Roger in his grave and we needed the rest after shaking our hands like this and shaking our feet like that

ScatterChasse Thu 29-Sep-11 20:22:13

I'm going to paint a perfect picture,
a world of make believe,
no more hu-unger,
war or suffering,
the world I'd like to see

The stream runs clear through the meadow,
The white owl sleeps in the barns,
the brown geese fly
a group in the sky,
the yellow chick pecks the corn...

But I was at school a bit later than most of you, we just had the same hymn books!

PrideandBumperlicious Thu 29-Sep-11 20:22:44

'Oh and a right Catholic weepy-wailey...

Ave Maria
Grazia Plena
Benedicta too

All I have I give you
Every dream and wish are yours
Mother of Christ
Mother of mine
Present them to my Lord

Rpt dodgy latin chorus...

(excuse me for the bad Latin and possible wrong words, I am now a very excommunicated lapsed Catholic!)

You are the first person in world I have come across in adulthood who knows this song. I was beginning to think I'd imagined it. I could only ever remember the first verse (yours is the second)

As I kneel before you
As I bow my head in prayer
Take this day
Make it yours
And fill me with your love.'

I went to a Catholic first school and know these!

tiredemma Thu 29-Sep-11 20:23:27

Cross over the road my friend

Streets of london


Shalom my friend

zinfandel Thu 29-Sep-11 20:23:49

Seek ye first the kingdom of God
And His righteousness,
And all these things shall be added unto you.
Hallelu, Hallelujah....

Then lots more Hallelujahs and sung in a round by several groups...

CeliaFate Thu 29-Sep-11 20:24:05

The journey of life may be easy may be hard
There'll be dangers on the way
With Christ at my side
I'll do battle as I ride
'Gainst the foes that would lead me astray

Would you ride, ride, ride with the King of Kings?
Would you follow our leader true?
Would you shout "Hosana!" to the holy son of god,
Who died for me and you?

BoastingByStealth Thu 29-Sep-11 20:25:16

I was a nun in The Sound Of Music, aged 11.

I didn't bother to learn past the first line, I just lazily mouthed silently to the rest of the song....

Dixit dominus domina day-oh, sed et dextris mey-eeess.

Good eh?
26 years later grin

I meant come and praise meetup, not songs of praise blush, but I suppose either is fine grin

Yes, a quiche!

CeliaFate Thu 29-Sep-11 20:26:38

Michaelmas daisies purple in the border,
big fat leeks all standing up in order.
Whiskered barley talking to the breeze
Low hung boughs of laden apple trees

Chugging engines ready for the reeping
Pounds of chutney labled for the keeping
Giant marrows winning every prize,
Bubbling jars of elderberry wine.

Fruits are bottled, others in the deep-freeze,
Silken poppies blushing in the cornfields.
Golden Onions hanging on a wall.

It's harvest time,
Harvest time again.
Harvest time,
Give thanks for sun and rain.

A time to take
and a time to give
Harvest time, it's the time to live

At harvest time.....
Mellow, fruitful harvest time.

Dreamer234 Thu 29-Sep-11 20:27:02

So light up the fire, let the school burn... grin

BoastingByStealth Thu 29-Sep-11 20:27:16

Ooh, yay! A quiche, what will we call ourselves?

CeliaFate Thu 29-Sep-11 20:29:11

All over the world, everywhere,
Where the sun shines,
and where the white snow gleams,
through the green green forests,
and by the streams,
hands are busy, plans are laid,
and slowly, slowly,
somewhere, somebody's house is made.
Everybody's building,Everybody's building,
Everybody's building day by day
Everybody's building, Everybody's building
Everybody's building in a special way.

Shalom my friend! Well done tiredemma, I'd forgotten all about that one!

Shalooooooooooom, shaloooooooooom

I'm not picking the names of the OHP monitors though, somebody else can do that. I don't want to start a bunfight on my own thread grin

ILikeToMoveItMoveIt Thu 29-Sep-11 20:30:46

I was singing along to all of these. Such great memories.

I'm not religious at all but I loved the songs and our assemblies.

We would all walk into the hall, class by class, starting with the juniors. Everyday a different piece of classical music would be played (on the record player) as we walked in and the Headmaster would tell us what the piece was called and who the composer was.

Each week a different class would do some sort of show and tell thing, then we would have hymns. The juniors teacher played the piano and the older children would get to play their recorders as well.

I loved the routine of it all. It all felt safe, warm and familiar.

LikeACandleButNotQuite Thu 29-Sep-11 20:32:43

I remember groaning in disgust if they got us to sing from the green come and praise, the blue one was the best.

ScatterChasse Thu 29-Sep-11 20:34:05

Shalom, shalom,
may peace be with you
throughout your days
in all that you do
may peace be with you
shalom, sha-a-lom

Sung in rounds, getting louder and louder and faster ans faster.

The Journey of Life was our school hymn! I'm going slightly teary!

ILikeToMoveItMoveIt Thu 29-Sep-11 20:35:36

Ha ha, I had forgotten about OHP's and acetates <fond memories>

KinkyDorito Thu 29-Sep-11 20:36:10

Autumn Days was my favourite! I wanted it at DS's christening, but the vicar had never heard of it. Come and Praise rocked!

We had the blue come and praise and then a green hymn book which was 'proper' hymns - the lord is my shepherd etc.

This thread has moved too fast while I've been at work, did anybody remember the clingety clang one about the bells?

Kladdkaka Thu 29-Sep-11 20:37:48

Grottbags used to pull out of line every girl whose hair touched their collar and make them tie it up with elastic bands. Even me. My hair was short and layered (--and bloody awful-- cut by dad) but I had a short neck. So I had to try and get it into 2 bunches of 2cm long hair. The old bitch.

zinfandel Thu 29-Sep-11 20:38:54

Moses,I know you’re the man’
the Lord said.
‘You’re going to work out my plan’
the Lord said.
‘Lead all the Israelites out of slavery,
and I will make them a wandering race
called the people of God ‘

So every da-ay
we’re on our wa-a-ay
for we’re a travelling, wandering race
called the people of God .

Very cheerful tunesmile

LikeACandleButNotQuite Thu 29-Sep-11 20:42:36

what about
"We are climbing Jesus Ladder, ladder, chilren of the world"

"The ink is black, the page is white, together we learn to read and write, to read and write"

"From the tiny the elephant....from the monkey to the chimpanzee!"

"Dance, then, wherever you may be,
I am the Lord of the Dance, said he,
And I'll lead you all, wherever you may be,
And I'll lead you all in the Dance, said he"

CeliaFate Thu 29-Sep-11 20:43:38

"I've seen the light, I've seen the light, and that's why my heart sings, I've heard the"....What's the next bit?
I've known the joy, I've known the joy that loving Jesus brings.

tiredemma Thu 29-Sep-11 20:44:26

Have you seen the old man
In the closed-down market
Kicking up the paper,
with his worn out shoes?
In his eyes you see no pride
And held loosely at his side
Yesterday's paper telling yesterday's news

So how can you tell me you're lonely,
And say for you that the sun don't shine?
Let me take you by the hand and lead you through the streets of London
I'll show you something to make you change your mind

Have you seen the old girl
Who walks the streets of London
Dirt in her hair and her clothes in rags?
She's no time for talking,
She just keeps right on walking
Carrying her home in two carrier bags.


In the all night cafe
At a quarter past eleven,
Same old man is sitting there on his own
Looking at the world
Over the rim of his tea-cup,
Each tea last an hour
Then he wanders home alone


And have you seen the old man
Outside the seaman's mission
Memory fading with
The medal ribbons that he wears.
In our winter city,
The rain cries a little pity
For one more forgotten hero
And a world that doesn't care


CeliaFate Thu 29-Sep-11 20:44:35

Ooh I love We are climbing Jesus' ladder, but it's children of the lord isn't it?
<lowers head, stares over pince nez>

LikeACandleButNotQuite Thu 29-Sep-11 20:49:18

probably Celia, im crap at knowing the real words, but always give 100% in the singing smile

LikeACandleButNotQuite Thu 29-Sep-11 20:51:23

My lil sis at primary in the mid 90s used to sing this, and I love it (traitor me?)
My friend is orange with a long, green nose
His teeth are yellow and arranged in rows
He comes from a planet where the blue grass grows
But inside he’s just like me.

So what? So what, so what?
Who cares how many eyes he’s got?
He’s my friend and I like him a lot,
So what? So what?

My friend’s orange with a big, bald head,
His feet are furry and his eyes are red,
I can’t say his name and so I call him Fred,
And inside, he’s just like me.

So what? So what, so what?
Who cares how many toes he’s got?
He’s my friend and I like him a lot,
So what? So what?

Can't believe how well i remember them all!

When Israel was in Egypt's land
Let my people go

Our sarf london school liked all the ones we could make sound like football chants.

I remember our school singing Mary had a baby and a lot of parents being shocked as they thought it was too modern and not mournful enough.

In the infants we used to sing Puff the Magic Dragon and Clementine. They still make me sadblush

In the juniors we did an assembly about the world wars, we sang roll out the barrel, white cliffs, pack up your troubles etc. Some of the grandparents cried because it brought back so many bad memoriessad

My school sure knew how to pick em.

Kladdkaka Thu 29-Sep-11 20:56:20

If I were a fuzzy wuzzy bear ...

BadDayAtTheOrifice Thu 29-Sep-11 20:58:17

Brilliant thread. Brought back so many memories, been sharing with my DD's. Here one I've not seen mentioned. I'm sure there's another verse or 5.

I had an old dog
And his name was Blue
And I betcha five dollars he's a good dog too
Singing come on Blue, you're a good dog too

Old Blue he died
And he died so hard
That he cracked the ground in my back yard
Singing come on Blue, you're a good dog too.

Strange song for 6 year olds. Could never quite work out how he cracked the ground.

UniS Thu 29-Sep-11 21:01:50

I NEVER got to do the OHP. I would have brilliant at it.

I quite liked singing in assembly... #

Unis hides

Loved reading this thread, it's brought back so many memories. Not at all religious, but I used to love singing so many of these.

Remember the harvest festival one?

"The farmer comes to scatter the seeds, scatter the seeds, scatter the seeds
The farmer comes to scatter the seeds
O'er the fields so brown

God sends the sun God sends the rain
Over again, over again
God sends the sun, God sends the rain
O'er the fields again"

Or something like that.

CeliaFate Thu 29-Sep-11 21:07:36

Cross over the road my friend
Ask the Lord his strength to lend
His compassion has no end
Cross over the road...

LynetteScavo Thu 29-Sep-11 21:08:55

Give me joy in my heart, keep me praising, praising, praising
Give me joy in my heart I pray (I pray)
Give me joy in my heart keep me praising, praising, praising
Keep me praising till the break of day.

Sing Hosanah
Sing Hosanah
Sing Hosanah to the king of kings........

yellowsubmarine41 Thu 29-Sep-11 21:12:53

Does anyone remember -

'The ink is black, the page is white,
Together we learn to read and write,
To read and write.
And now as last we plainly see,
The alphabet of liberty,


Kladdkaka Thu 29-Sep-11 21:14:27

If I were a fuzzy wuzzy bear
I'd thank you lord for my fuzzy wuzzy hair
And if I were a billy goat
I'd thank you lord for my strong throat
And if I were a fish in the sea
I'd wiggle my tail and I'd giggle with glee
But I just thank you father for making me me.
For you gave me a heart and you gave me a smile
You gave me Jesus and You made me your child
So i just thank you father for making me me ...

Allboxedin Thu 29-Sep-11 21:16:17

I love that one kladdkaka.

aristocat Thu 29-Sep-11 21:16:36

my favourite school hymn was There is a green hill far away .......

lovely Easter hymn - does anyone else remember it?

BoastingByStealth Thu 29-Sep-11 21:18:27

Ah! Wonderful! Lastnight I went to bed with unbaya in my head, tonight it is the turn of Lord Of The Dance. I can't wait! grin

BoastingByStealth Thu 29-Sep-11 21:19:18

K key keeps sticking... how many Ks are there in that explanation!!!!!??????

BoastingByStealth Thu 29-Sep-11 21:20:20

And did those feet....?
I always wondered how Jesus walked on Englands green hills.

BoastingByStealth Thu 29-Sep-11 21:20:58


without a city wall?

BoastingByStealth Thu 29-Sep-11 21:25:00

celia i loved that one, you just had me singing it out loud!
I don't think there are any missing words, from ...and that's why my heart sings (it goes straight into) I've known the joy, I've known the joy that loving jesus brings grin


pozzled Thu 29-Sep-11 21:28:56

I remember so many of these! My DH now thinks I'm utterly deranged for singing them out loud.

Someone mentioned the 'bread and fishes' one, it was this:

As I went a walking
One morning in spring
I met with some travelers
On an old country lane
One was an old man
The second a maid
The third was a young boy who smiled as he said
"With the wind in the willows
The birds in the sky
There's a bright sun to warm us wherever we lie...
We have bread and fishes and a jug of red wine
To share on our journey with all of mankind."

And does anyone remember Calypso Carol?

See him lying on a bed of straw,
A draughty stable with an open door
Mary cradling the babe she bore
The Prince of Glory was his name.

Oh now carry me to Bethlehem
To see the Lord appear to men
Just as poor as was the stable then
The Prince of Glory when he came.

weevilswobble Thu 29-Sep-11 21:29:58

Iliketomoveitmove. Interesting what you said about the routine feeling all safe and warm and familiar, thats actually how i feel when i go to church now. I love the hymns and have encouraged DD too, i like the insence and familiarity and the calm away from the bonkersness of life.

weevilswobble Thu 29-Sep-11 21:30:47

Can our quiche be called Tequilas Assembly?

At half past three we go home to tea
Or maybe at quarter to 4
And 10 pairs of feet go running down the street
And in at their own front door
And it's rough and tumble, rattle and noise,
Mothers and fathers, girs and boys,
baby in the carrycot, cat by the stove,
A little bit of quarreling but lots of love

Kladdkaka Thu 29-Sep-11 21:34:11

I never understood why it was an issue that the green hill didn't have a city wall. Why would it? Cities have city walls, not green hills.

grin weevilswobble, I now feel like I should have a calf length pleated skirt on, with black patent leather court shoes and a satin blouse (our choir teacher always wore that!)

TheMonster Thu 29-Sep-11 21:39:19

I loved Colours of Day!

Allboxedin Thu 29-Sep-11 21:40:19

There is a green hill was written to illustrate the words of the creed, ‘Suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried.’ Mrs Alexander begins the first verse by painting a picture. As a skilled teacher she knew that her first task was to capture a child’s imagination. In the second line she originally wrote ‘without’ a city wall, but changed it to ‘outside’ to remove any ambiguity.

Just remembered another one which I don't think has been mentioned

I'd like to build the world a home, and furnish it with love...

Of course we all sang 'and furni SHIT with love'

We didn't sing that one all that often though, wonder why!

AbyIsl Thu 29-Sep-11 21:46:27

What about number 72 in Come and Praise?

Every word comes alive, when it's written or read
There is life in a word, when it's sung or said
But there can't be a living word
Never seen or never heard
Only when it gives its life to tongue and pen
(or something like that!)

If we were allowed to choose, I'd go for that one of number 4, Autumn Days. smile

insanityscratching Thu 29-Sep-11 21:50:56

The golden cockerel
Crows in the morning
Wake up, children
Welcome the day.
God's bright sun is
Riding the heavens
Chasing sleepiness away.
Gladly we greet you
Here come
Running to meet you
Please be
In us and near us
Hallowing our work and play.

Anyone remember this?

Grumpygils Thu 29-Sep-11 21:58:25

Bilblio You are my HEROINE!!

I was beginning to think I had imagined that song in all its goose moose burgery madness. We sang it every harvest festival. Over the last couple of years I have googled and searched, but could find no lyrics and now here you are confirming it's existence, source cited, lyrics in full and lo I can find it on youtube grin. Now I must order the songbook and teach it to my children.

Tequila the shit one is "I'd like to teach the world to sing"

It's no wonder I can't remember what day it is when my brain is storing hymns from decades ago hmm

An amusing and nostalgic thread.

CaveMum Thu 29-Sep-11 22:04:53

I've just remembered that our headteachet, Mr Small, went through a phase of getting us to sing some more unusual songs at assembly.

We learned "Lily the Pink", "I'm the Urban Spaceman" and "Sound of Silence" amongst others grin

Altogether now:

Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee'llllllllllllllllll drink a drink a drink, to Lily the Pink, the Pink, the Pink.
The saviour of the human ra-aa-ace


I have just informed DH that we need to TTC so that I have a LO to teach these songs too. His face is a mixture of shock and hmm


Kladdkaka Thu 29-Sep-11 22:19:24

Wow, that's a blast from the past. Lily the Pink was the very first song I learnt at school. You didn't go to Penhryn Street in Liverpool did you?

Another brilliant one which I loved. Nobody's mentioned this so it could be a local one?

When you hear some music playing and it has a catchy beat,
And something in the rhythm makes you want to tap your feet,
Then your fingers want to snap and your hands start to clap,
Oh this is quite outrageous, it’s too contagious!
I can’t stop, I can’t stop moving.

1. I can’t stop tapping my feet no, I can’t stop tapping my feet
No, I can’t stop tapping my feet while the music’s playing that beat.
Tap, tappety tap, tappety tap, tappety tap, tap.
Tap, tappety tap, tappety tap, tappety tap.

2. Oh, I can’t stop snapping my fingers, etc.

3. Oh I can’t stop clapping my hands no, etc.

Oh I can’t stop tapping my feet no, I can’t stop tapping my feet
No, I can’t stop tapping my feet while the music’s playing that beat.

acsec Thu 29-Sep-11 22:28:29

I know that one Tequila but only because it's taught at the school I currently teach at.

I also used to like "At half past 3 we go home for tea, or maybe at a quarter to 4, and 10 pairs of feet go running down the street and in at their own front door..."

CaveMum Thu 29-Sep-11 22:29:14

No, I was at school in Bristol.

So many of the songs on here I had forgotten about!

I loved Lord of the Dance and all the special havest songs
"We plough the fields and scatter, the good seed on the land"

Ah memories of bringing tins of peas to school!

bilblio Thu 29-Sep-11 23:08:41

Grumpygils Yay someone else who remembers the Super Supper March. grin Even the people I went to school with thought I was mad and having wierd cravings. Apuskidu is well worth buying, most of the "funny" songs are in there, Lily the Pink, Wombling Song, Grandfather's clock.
Apuskidu is well worth buying, most of the "funny" songs are in there, Lily the Pink, Wombling Song, Grandfather's clock.

ChuffMuffin We sang The Lightening Tree in school choir. In fact somewhere, probably at Mum's I have a load of the sheets of songs we sang. I never wanted to throw them away.

Yay! I've just found the words to Walking the Bulldog

muminthecity Thu 29-Sep-11 23:12:49

I love this thread so much, my sister and I have been phoning each other all day and belting these songs out to each other! Another one we loved was

Sing, sing a song,
Sing out loud,
Sing out strong,
Don't worry if you're not good enough
For anyone else to hear
Just sing, sing a song

bilblio Thu 29-Sep-11 23:14:06

We sang "We plough the fields and scatter" at my brother's wedding. My SIL's family are very religious but we aren't. "We plough the fields and scatter" was the only hymn my brother could really remember that he liked.... and they got married in September so the minister weaved it into the service talking about harvest, and planting a garden together. grin

muminthecity Thu 29-Sep-11 23:19:10

Oh and another one, did anyone else sing this?

I'm gonna lay down my sword and shield
Down by the riverside
Down by the riverside
Down by the riverside

I'm gonna lay down my sword and shield...

I don't remember the rest of the words!

CaveMum Thu 29-Sep-11 23:20:04

muminthecity I remember that one! Everyone at my school would really shout the "Sing it loud" grin

housemum Thu 29-Sep-11 23:27:55

And I ain't gonna study war no more, ain't gonna study war no more, ain't gonna study for war no moo-ooo-ore

LittleMissFlustered Thu 29-Sep-11 23:33:49

<has a whole heap of eighties flashback going on>

Went to a CofE primary. No fancy OHP, we had year 6 holding up gant sheets of paper with the words ongrin

Lots of memories on here, has made me smile. It's been a long day, so thank you allsmile

LurkingPrincessLurkio Thu 29-Sep-11 23:34:05

This is a fantastic thread OP!! I'm only 22 so went to primary in the 90's but we had come and praise and I remember so many of these.
I'm another one who giggled at 'I was cold, I was naked'
Little Donkey is one of my favourite Christmas songs, I actually sang it all the way home from work the other day because the radio wasn't singing anything I liked and I was feeling christmassy blush
Away in a manger - I always thought the cattle were glowing grin Jesus had some special powers for that one.
All the fun ones, who's the king of the jungle etc (wobble wobble is my gave part!) I know from Girls Brigade.
School assemblies were a little more serious, loved colours of day, one more step, think of a world.
I really want a hymn book now!!

housemum Thu 29-Sep-11 23:37:53

Miss, Miss can I play the recorder? I was inour school Recorder Guild - favourite was treble, I played descant, treble or bass. Got my Grade 4 (proud emoticon) smile

mancinleics Thu 29-Sep-11 23:49:08

I loved it when I was allowed to stand in as projector monitor. My favourite song was "last night I had the strangest dream, I' ever dreamed before" but whenever I mention it to anyone they didn't sing it at their school. Did you?

LittleMissFlustered Fri 30-Sep-11 00:02:30

...I dreamed the world had all agreed to put an end to war?

Esian Fri 30-Sep-11 00:11:28

Can we put this thread in Classics?

I can't bear to lose all these great songs again.

Did I really just type that? blush

JennyPiccolo Fri 30-Sep-11 00:20:06

My wee school
Is the best wee school
The best wee school in glesca
The only thing thats wrang wae it
Is the baldy heided maister
He goes tae the pub on saturday
He goes tae the kirk on sunday
Tae pray tae the lord tae gie him strength
Tae shout at the weans on monday!

JennyPiccolo Fri 30-Sep-11 00:21:49

I dunno how we ended up singing that in assembly, now that i think about it.

OhMyGolly Fri 30-Sep-11 00:36:10

Oh I love this thread, went to a Catholic primary so we sung quite a lot of them, I loved the more dirgy ones, Abba Father, Ave maria, the "where you there, where you there" ones.

I'm more of an agnostic these days, although didn't ever have any kind of strong faith in the beginning. I do sometimes really regret not getting my children into a catholic school though I couldn't be arsed to lie.

I do think though faith or not, the traditions and stories and songs are lovely, I loved the May procession and what not (not so keen on confession mind) I somehow think my children are missing out confused.

OhMyGolly Fri 30-Sep-11 00:38:43

Actually because of this thread I'm going to drag my children to mass this Christmas blush.

mancinleics Fri 30-Sep-11 04:22:32

LittleMiss - yep, that's the one! I didn't want to put up the lyrics in casectheir copyrighted or something. I sing that one all time to DD. Not a hymn but lovely all the same.

CupOfBrownJoy Fri 30-Sep-11 06:22:14

OhMyGolly if you liked the dirgy catholic ones do you remember "Gifts of Bread and Wine"? You could go off and make a cup of tea between some of the lines...

Gifts of bread and wiiiiiine
<massive breath in>
Gifts we ooooooffffffeeerrrrrrr
<another pause>
Fruits of laboooouuuuurrrrr
<kettle goes on>
Fruits of loooooove

God it was boring......

silkenladder Fri 30-Sep-11 07:19:36

10, 10, now is the hour
9, 9, activate power
8, 8, switch the ignition
7, 7, starting the mission, etc.

The Sauce will be with us always.

I only 'got' Blast Off! when I finally watched Star Wars aged 17 blush. We also did Noah, Sweeney Todd, Rip van Winkle and Jonah. I spent yesterday singing Ninevah City, so thanks to the person who posted that.

tequila great thread and I remember most of these. My favourites are Autumn days and magic penny.

Anyone remember the wiseman built his house upon the rock?

Oh yes, we need to keep these songs around forever

MNHQ, can we move it to classics please?

Never thought this would be so popular! Thought I was the only sad person who had remembered so many words, I'm astounded that some of you remember the song numbers grin

OriginalPoster Fri 30-Sep-11 08:09:46

insanity the golden cockerel, one of my all time favourites, thanks for reminding me.thanks

nokissymum Fri 30-Sep-11 08:09:46

Great thread! Also in the "morning has broken" hate camp, and loved "when a knight won his spurs". We also used to sing some other "folksy" songs at our school from a very hard purple back book. How about these:

Wind a bobbin up
Pull pull clap clap clap
Point to the celing, floor, windows, door
(with mad gestures to see who could do it fastest! Loved it! was my favourite grin)

I know a girl, that you dont know
Eliza, eliza,
Prettiest girl i ever did see


Bobby shafto's gone too seeeeea!
Silver buckles on hs kneeeee!
He'll come back and marry meee!
Pretty bobby shafto!

Ive been to harlem, ive been to dover
Ive travelled this wide world all over over over
3 times over
Drink what you have to drink and turn the glasses over!
(drunken sailor songs at school assembley, grin nice!)

AWimbaWay Fri 30-Sep-11 09:27:16

nokissymum, they sing wind the bobbin up at all the baby/toddler groups I go to.

Fimbo Fri 30-Sep-11 09:32:39

Stand up, stand up for Jesus. Or something like that.

Is Ds's school harvest festival in church later, I must ask him what they sang.

bilblio Fri 30-Sep-11 09:51:04

I've been laid awake since about 5am, (too hot and pregnant to sleep) with half of these songs going round my head.
All you lot who are remembering the none religious ones need to get into folk music. I still sing them all. smile

Ah yes, Girls Brigade, we sang there too!

My God is so big, so strong and so mighty there's nothing that he cannot do <stamp stamp>


Jesus' love is very wonderful, Jesus' love is very wonderful, Jesus' love is very wonderful, ohhhh wonderful love
Because it's so high you can't get over it, so low you can't get under it, so wide you can't get round it, ohhhhh wonderful love

ScatterChasse Fri 30-Sep-11 11:12:25

And songs to learn spellings...
c and a together make ca, ca, ca ca, then you take a t and put it on the end, c a t spells CAT!

I know three different tunes to 'Oh Jesus I have promised' <proud>

Does anyone remember this one?

How did Moses cross the red sea,
How did Moses cross the red sea,
How did Moses cross the red sea,
How did he get across?

Did he swim, NO NO
Did he ??? NO NO
Did he ??? NO NO
Did he ??? NO NO NO NO
Did he ??? NONO
Did he ??? NO NO
How did he get across?

God blew with his wind
Puff puff puff puff
He blew just enough
Nuff nuff nuff nuff
And through the sea he made a path
That's how he got across!

And one about Jonah and the whale, but I can't remember all of it, it was very jaunty, and a bit went:-

When Jonah sank into the sea
The Lord he didn't fail
Although the sea was tropical he sent along a whale
[couple of lines]
"And if you'll only come and save me
Then I'll do as you command,
Instead of treading water
Let me tread upon the land"

wildfig Fri 30-Sep-11 11:13:53

I have read through the entire thread hoping I wasn't the only one with this going through my head:

Look for signs that summer's done
Winter's drawing near
Watch the changing colours come
Turning of the year
[painful ratchet up into higher register] See the flowers' final blaze
In the morning's misty haze
And sing a thankful song of praise
Autumn time is heeeere

For some reason, as soon as I finished that, my internal jukebox has gone straight on to 'Who built the ark? NOAH! NOAH!'

ScatterChasse Fri 30-Sep-11 11:16:13

Who built the ark?
Brother Noah built the ark.

Then in came the animals two by two
Then elephant and the kangaroooooo...

FreckledLeopard Fri 30-Sep-11 11:35:34

I remember a particularly depressing song:

Think of a world without any flowers,
think of a wood without any trees,
think of a sky without any sunshine,
think of the air without any breeze:
we thank you, Lord, for flowers and trees and sunshine;
we thank you, Lord, and praise your holy name.

I remember feeling distinctly maudlin when singing that one.

Our version of 'We Three Kings' was as follows:

'We Three Kings of Orient Are
One in a taxi, one in a car,
One on a scooter, blowing his hooter,
Smoking a long cigar...


Star of Wonder, Star of Light
Find a box of dynamite
Light the fuse, off we go,
All the way to Mexico' grin

nokissymum Fri 30-Sep-11 11:39:09

The animals went in two by two
The animals went in two by two
Hurrah!hurrah! (higher pitch!)

nokissymum Fri 30-Sep-11 11:41:15

Jesus loves me this i know
For the bible tells me so!
Little ones to him belong
They are weak but He is stronggggggg!

Yeeeess Jesus loves me!
Yeeerees Jesus loves me!

nokissymum Fri 30-Sep-11 11:43:12

biblio but they dont sing folksies in school assembley anymore, do they ? wink

Quenelle Fri 30-Sep-11 11:43:52

Most of these sound very 70s to me.

I hate to say it but you children of the 80s have been fobbed off with 70s shit.

And the song sheets were very well thumbed ditto paper, usually in a lovely bright orange hue.

cheesesarnie Fri 30-Sep-11 11:46:09

op i love those songs!!!

'no i mustnt forget,no i mustnt forget,to say a great big thankyou i musnt forget'

ElaineReese Fri 30-Sep-11 11:48:10

I adored 'look for signs that summer's done'!

Did anyone sing 'When Goldilocks went to the house of the bears
Oh what did her blooooooooooo eyes see?
A bear that was large, a bear that was small, a bear that was tiny and that was all
And she counted them one, two, three'

And, 'Whose pigs are these?'

CountingDown321 Fri 30-Sep-11 11:50:01

A 90s primary child fobbed off with 70s shit here too Quenelle!

Thing is, we even knew it at the time. Though I did love all the Christmas songs!

But the tracing paper in the toilets <shudder>. Sorry, off-topic grin

wildfig Fri 30-Sep-11 11:52:37

My mum was a teacher. She used her school library buying card contacts to furnish our house with full piano versions of Apuski Duski, Someone's Singing, Lord, and Ta-ra-ra-Boom-di-Ay. And the Christmas one that I can't remember. As in:

Mary met an angel, unexpectedly
When she was out walking in the garden
Angel said, 'Now, Mary, don't be scared of meeeeee,'
As they stood there talking in the gaaar-den.

ScatterChasse Fri 30-Sep-11 11:55:35

I was 90s too. What about the easter one?

I'm a spring chicken
I'm yellow and small
My feathers are fluffy
And they're keeping me warm
My legs are not long
So I'll never be tall
But I'm a real spring chicken
And I'm havin' a ball
Chicken, I''m a chicken and I'm havin' a ball!

Never noticed the slightly dodgy rhyming before...

ElaineReese Fri 30-Sep-11 12:01:37

I'm also trying to remember the didactic stories from assemblies - do they still happen now? The one with the woman in a train who was on her way to go shopping with '£5 her husband had given her' hmm and she falls asleep, and the money goes missing. she immediately suspects the shabby lady opposite of stealing it, and when the shabby lady falls asleep...... etc.

That's the only one I can remember at all though!

MyMelody Fri 30-Sep-11 12:15:37


this one? i remember!

Last night I had the strangest dream
I'd ever dreamed before
I dreamed the world had all agreed
To put an end to war

I dreamed I saw a mighty room
Filled with women and men
And the paper they were signing said
They'd never fight again

And when the paper was all signed
And a million copies made
They all joined hands and bowed their heads
And grateful pray'rs were prayed

And the people in the streets below
Were dancing 'round and 'round
While swords and guns and uniforms
Were scattered on the ground

Last night I had the strangest dream
I'd never dreamed before
I dreamed the world had all agreed
To put an end to war

lambethlil Fri 30-Sep-11 12:24:21

What happened to the sleepy shabby lady Elaine?

I remember an extaraordinary assembly about abstinence involving the vicar type unwrapping a mars bar, licking it and then asking if anyone wanted it now.

My BFs little brother said YES!

Good on you Jason!

CaveMum Fri 30-Sep-11 12:24:42

We used to get odd American evangelical groups coming in once or twice a year to put on "Christian plays". Usually 5 or 6 early 20s clean cut Americans (blonde hair, shiny white teeth) showing us how we should praise the Lord for all his good works!

Anyone else have this?

I might add my school was in Bristol, I think these groups used to tour all the schools in the area.

ElaineReese Fri 30-Sep-11 12:47:44

The posh lady rifles through the shabby lady's bag and sure enough, she finds a five pound note. Ah ha, she thinks, Mrs Shabby stole from me, but I shall take back what is mine.

This she does, and when they both get off the train in London or wherever, the shabby lady smiles and says goodbye. 'The cheek of her!' thinks Mrs Posh.

She spends the day buying up town with her five pounds, and then later her husband collects her from the station at home. 'You are a silly', says he 'you forgot to take the five pounds I gave you!'.

Aaaaaaah, do you see?

ElaineReese Fri 30-Sep-11 12:49:31

Oh, also - that song:

'leave them a flower, some grass and a hedgerow
a hill and a valley, a view to the sea
these things are not yours to destroy as you want to
a gift from the lord, for eterniteeee?

All very pacifist lefty conservationism back then, wasn't it?

iarebaboon Fri 30-Sep-11 13:15:35

Don't build your house on the sandy land
Don't build it too near the shore
Well it might look kind of nice but you'll have to build it twice
Yes you'll have to build your house once more