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VirginiaTam 20 Nov 08 - 11:46 AM
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Subject: Lyr Add: Witches on Broomsticks
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 20 Nov 08 - 11:46 AM

WITCHES ON BROOMSTICKS

Witches on broomsticks
With cats and bats
Fly around after dark
In their funny black hats

How queer are the noises
On Halloween night
And then through the window
You see a strange sight

Big red eyes
And a big red nose
You sit close to Mother
And curl up your toes

It's good to have Mother
To kiss you goodnight
And know that the witches
Have all taken flight

My mother sang this to me when I was a little one. I sang it to my children. I have no idea where it comes from. Anyone familiar with it?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Witches on Broomsticks
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 21 Nov 08 - 02:53 AM

has anyone else heard this song?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Witches on Broomsticks
From: Joe Offer
Date: 21 Nov 08 - 03:26 AM

Hi, Tam -
It looks like the person who posted on this page (click) has a far weaker memory than yours, but maybe it will trigger your memory.
I checked our School Songbook Index threads and found nothing likely to be your song.
-Joe-

    witches on brooms with cats and bats
    fly right after dark in their funny black hats
    how queer are the noises on halloween night
    and then thru the window i see a strange light..
    big scary eyes and a big red nose
    i get close to mother and curl up my toes,
    it's old jack-o-latern, he peeks in the room
    a worse looking spook than a witch on a broom.

    halloween night is lots of fun
    but sometimes i'm glad when it's over and done
    it's good to have mother to kiss me goodnight
    and know that the witches have all taken flight


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Witches on Broomsticks
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 21 Nov 08 - 01:19 PM

Thanks Joe

You did better than I did in searching for it. I tried every permutation of lyric in google. I was hoping it was something my Gammy (grandmother) had composed and taught to my Mom. Ahh well. I know the tune but as I don't read music I cannot get it down in print.

I have been trying to catch up with my octagenarian Mom (very busy lady) to ask her about it. I am thinking it is something she learned in school (Virginia) in the mid 1930s to late 1940s.   If I learn more I will post it.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Witches on Broomsticks
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 26 Nov 08 - 04:34 PM

What a world what a world.

So I finally catchup with my jet setting octagenarian Mom. She emails me that she doesn't remember the song. She did a google search on Witches on Broomsticks and came up with Harry Potter.

I feel so weird. My 82 year old mom, who I am looking to for a bit of folk memory resorts to lookin it up on the internet.


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Subject: Lyr Add: HALLOWE'EN SIGHTS (Lillian Mohr)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 27 Nov 08 - 10:04 PM

Copied from KIDiddles.com:

(They have a playable midi file on that page.)

HALLOWE'EN SIGHTS
Words and Music By: Lillian Mohr
Adapted By: Terry Kluytmans
Copyright © 1998 KIDiddles.com

1. Witches on broomsticks with cats and bats
Ride 'round after dark in their pointed black hats.
How spooky are the noises on Hallowe'en night,
And then through the window we see a strange light.

2. Bright staring eyes and a glowing nose;
I sit close to Daddy and curl up my toes.
It's old Jack-o'lantern, he peeks in the room,
A worse looking spook than a witch on a broom.

3. Hallowe'en night can be lots of fun,
But somehow I'm glad when it's over and done.
It's good to have Daddy to kiss me good-night,
And know that the spooksters have all taken flight.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Witches on Broomsticks
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 28 Nov 08 - 02:46 AM

Wow Jim

Thanks

Melody is as I remember it on midi. I learned this sitting on my mothers lap at age 4 or 5 in 1962 or 63. But only one verse.

Now to research Lillian Mohr and Terry Kluytmans. Pure curiosity.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Witches on Broomsticks
From: Joe Offer
Date: 28 Nov 08 - 03:20 AM

A Google search tells me Lillian Mohr Fox was involved in the preparation of school songbooks for publication by Birchard and by Silver Burdett. We have most of the Silver Burdett songbooks indexed in our School Sonbook Index, but we haven't done much with Birchard (possibly because the Birchard books are not as interesting and colorful). Maybe the song will come up as we continue the indexing project.

Oh, and here (click) is information on Terry Kluytans, who operates the "kididdles.com" Website - I don't think she had anything to do with the song's origins.
-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Witches on Broomsticks
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 28 Nov 08 - 04:12 PM

Thanks Joe

You did it before I got a chance to. Suppose I can lay this to rest. now.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Witches on Broomsticks
From: GUEST
Date: 03 Oct 11 - 04:12 PM

My Grandma & Mom sang this song to me....

Witches on brooms with cats & bats
Ride round after dark in their funny black hats
How queer are the noises on Halloween night
And then at the window I see a strange sight....

Bright staring eyes, a big red nose
I sit close to Mother and curl up my toes
And then at the door I hear a loud 'rap'
Again at each window a 'tap, tap, tap'

Halloween night is lots of fun
But somehow I'm glad when it's over & done
It's good to have Mother to kiss me good night
And know that the witches have all taken flight


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Witches on Broomsticks
From: open mike
Date: 03 Oct 11 - 06:13 PM

Hey -- have we heard anything from V. Tam lately??


this reminds me of this one...
"who are the witches, where did they come from?
Maybe your great great grandmother was one..."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QE2gGUP5gw

one source credits it to Anne Hills..


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Witches on Broomsticks / Halloween Sights
From: GUEST
Date: 07 Sep 12 - 11:14 PM

Well my DAD used was a radio personality here in the Jackson Mississippi area and every Halloween I could remember he'd recite this to us just before we went to bed. Only this is how I recall it. And ONLY this part: Halloween night is lots of fun but oh am I glad when it's over and done. It's good to kiss mommy and daddy good night and know that the witches have all gone on flight.

Weird. And he's originally from New York. I believe his dad taught it to him. I like the way his version is first person and brings in mommy and daddy. But that's just me. ;)

Just wanted you to know that yes, it is a small world.


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