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What songs did you sing at Primary School?

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KurriKurri Mon 02-May-11 13:41:08

I don't mean playground songs, I mean the sort of thing you'd sing as a class?

This morning I was trying to remember the words to In the Fields in Frost and Snow, and wikkied them here

In the Fields in Frost and Snows,
Watching late and early;
There I keep my Father's Cows,
There I Milk 'em Yearly:
Booing here, Booing there,
Here a Boo, there a Boo, every where a Boo,
We defy all Care and Strife,
In a Charming Country-Life.

Obviously a kind of old version of Old Macdonald. I went to school in the 60's we also sang one about a tiger 'prowling round the forest while the nights were dark and wild' and 'Bessie was a Black cat as old as the house'.

And one which went

'The ladybird and the centipede got married,
the ladybird and the centipede they wed,
on their wedding night I've heard it said,
fifty one pairs of slippers were by their bed,
the ladybird and the centipede - something something (forgotten)'

My headmaster was a great pianist and loved music, and we had singing everyday first thing, and entered lots of festivals etc. I loved it.

Does anyone else have any favourites they remember?

WhatsWrongWithYou Mon 02-May-11 13:44:23

We used to listen to 'Singing Together' on the radio once a week. Songs like "Marie's Wedding,' 'Cuckaburra(sp?)', 'Fire Down Below' - loved the songs, but didn't like the (male) teacher stalking between the desks brandishing his cane, barking 'Sing!' at he disruptive boys pupils.

Geocentric Mon 02-May-11 13:46:18

All Things Bright and Beautiful (C of E school)...
I loved it so much I walked down the aisle to it at my wedding. smile

Moon of Mamaku (sp?)


Geocentric Mon 02-May-11 13:47:10

Moon of Mamaku

Ihavewelliesbuttheyrenotgreen Mon 02-May-11 13:47:41

Autumn days
Cauliflowers fluffy etc

HumphreyCobbler Mon 02-May-11 13:48:02

Singing together was my favourite thing to do.

I could do it now <wistful>

I remember Green Grow the Rushes Oh, Casey Jones, Star of the County Down.

Also really liked the hymns 'When a Knight Won His Spurs' and 'Think of a World without any Flowers@

handsomeharry Mon 02-May-11 13:48:51

My favourite song at Primary School was 'There's a hole in my bucket'.

Pure class.

HumphreyCobbler Mon 02-May-11 13:48:59

Jonah Man Jazz

I remember all the words to this day grin

BelleDameSansMerci Mon 02-May-11 13:49:56

Did no-one else have to sing "Kum Ba Yah"? I hated that song...

giraffesCantDanceWiOotBuckie Mon 02-May-11 13:53:15

oh you mean paintbox?

cauliflowers fluffy, cabbages green, strawverries sweeter than any ive seen?

Geocentric Mon 02-May-11 13:54:09

And the one about "Mrs White, had a fright, in the middle of the night..." grin

giraffesCantDanceWiOotBuckie Mon 02-May-11 13:55:22

colours of day.

when i needed a neighbour.

mharis wedding.

jeelie piece song

three craws

giraffesCantDanceWiOotBuckie Mon 02-May-11 13:56:08

who built the arc

KurriKurri Mon 02-May-11 14:05:43

That Moon of Mamuka one looks lovely Geo.

Mhari's wedding I loved - beautiful song, and The Skye Boat song. My DH sang 'Three Craws' Giraffes smile

When a Knight won his Spurs was a favourite hymn of mine too. And one called 'Wide,wide as the Ocean'

Kookaburra and Kum By Yah (and ging gang gooly) we used to sing at Brownies. (And 'We're riding along on the Crest of the Wave' - with actions)

We sang something, which I think was probably from sing together or similar which went 'Will you come to my castle matta rilly rilly rilly, wil you come to my castle matta rilly rilly ron' - google hasn't heard of it, but I don't think I've made it up grin

RainbowPatooties Mon 02-May-11 14:07:37

sing hosanna. we all used to change the words to "sing banana"

Nancy66 Mon 02-May-11 14:09:16

i always loved the Harvest Festival song.....

We plough the fields and scatter the good seed on the land

giraffesCantDanceWiOotBuckie Mon 02-May-11 14:12:21

I am you tubing these now as I wait for my shower water to heat up.

westering home we sang a bit faster though.

giraffesCantDanceWiOotBuckie Mon 02-May-11 14:13:55

oh I need to go to a scottish ceilidh or wedding soon...

TheBride Mon 02-May-11 14:14:37

When a Knight Won his spurs was legendary

Also, there was one called "Water of Life" and it was to the tune of Rupert the bear. All the "naughty boys" used to sing "There's Rupert, Rupert the Bear, Jesus Gives us Rupert the Bear" instead of "Jesus Gives us Water of Life". I used to join in, but then used to pray to God not to strike me down for blasphemy and that I hoped he understood that I had to sing those words to make X (boy in my class) like me

God I really need therapy don't I? grin

WhiteBumOfTheMountain Mon 02-May-11 14:17:47

We did Water of Life too TheBride! Loved it.


When a knight rode his steed in the stories of old, he was gentle and brave he was gallant and bold"


Go tell it on the Mountain, over the hills and far away....

asdx2 Mon 02-May-11 14:18:04

Anyone remember "The Golden Cockerel" and "The Ink is Black" or "I am Hungry" and "Do Your Ears Hang Low" and "With my Hands on Myself"
Probably showing my age I think blush

KurriKurri Mon 02-May-11 14:21:56

Oh I love Westering Home Giraffes - I'd forgotten it blush

We also had 'Raindrops are our diamonds' - which is quite sweet.

We also sang 'I'm off to Dublin in the Green' - which was a bit odd for a south west England primary -, but they changed 'IRA' to 'army' in the version we sang grin and hmm

TheBride Mon 02-May-11 14:22:34

The Golden Cockerel crows in the morning
Wake Up children, welcome the day
God's bright sun is lighting the heavens
(cant remember the rest)

smileANDwave2000 Mon 02-May-11 14:26:48

all things bright and beautiful and in the playground when suzie was a baby we loved that as the words were a bit naughty :-)

theagedparent Mon 02-May-11 14:29:41

I remember the "ink is black the page is white" and "Botany bay"

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