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Fun folk songs for all the family

GUEST,Woody 28 Dec 09 - 03:44 AM
Old Roger 28 Dec 09 - 04:38 AM
Little Robyn 28 Dec 09 - 05:12 AM
MGM·Lion 28 Dec 09 - 05:17 AM
Bettynh 28 Dec 09 - 12:58 PM
GUEST,Woody 29 Dec 09 - 08:17 AM
lefthanded guitar 29 Dec 09 - 11:00 AM
GUEST,norhernfolk 29 Dec 09 - 03:28 PM
GUEST,Woody 31 Dec 09 - 01:33 PM
Young Buchan 31 Dec 09 - 06:00 PM
Jack Campin 31 Dec 09 - 07:46 PM
Geoff the Duck 01 Jan 10 - 11:09 AM
GUEST,Woody 02 Jan 10 - 03:51 AM
jugmws 08 Jan 10 - 11:13 AM
Steve Gardham 08 Jan 10 - 03:15 PM
Mo the caller 08 Jan 10 - 03:15 PM
GUEST,NBxl 09 Apr 12 - 01:22 PM
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Subject: Fun folk songs for all the family
From: GUEST,Woody
Date: 28 Dec 09 - 03:44 AM

As per the thread title I'm looking for some suggestions of fun folk songs suitable for singing by all the family. To refine the criteria somewhat here's a few desirable characteristics that I'd like them to have:

Traditional (i.e. been sung by a few generations)
British (i.e. preferably with some link to England or other UK countries or Ireland - or those that left for other lands - e.g. Aussie convict songs.)
Family (i.e. Suitable for both a 7 year old and grown ups. If there's "adult" humour in it, it should be disguised in some form)
Fun


The above characteristics are not set in stone, just a guide. Any help much appreciated

cheers,

W


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Subject: RE: Fun folk songs for all the family
From: Old Roger
Date: 28 Dec 09 - 04:38 AM

Hi Woody, I like

All I want is a proper cuppa coffee
Made in a proper copper coffee pot.
I may be off my dot
But I want a cuppa coffee from a proper coffee pot.
Iron coffee pots and tin coffee pots.
Well, they're no use to me.
If I can't have a proper cuppa coffee
From a proper copper coffee pot I'll have a cuppa tea.


Everybody enjoys struggling with this tongue twister.

That's just the chorus, there are verses too


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Subject: RE: Fun folk songs for all the family
From: Little Robyn
Date: 28 Dec 09 - 05:12 AM

Find the words here.

Robyn


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Subject: RE: Fun folk songs for all the family
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 28 Dec 09 - 05:17 AM

A few suggestions which might meet criteria —

'Daddy Fox' in its various versions - sung by YT, Burl Ives, et al

'Go Tell Aunt Rhody/Nancy' &c aka 'The Old Grey Goose' - Anglo-American, like so many; presumably acceptable by your stated criteria?

[The Burl Ives Song Book still a fertile source for the sort of 'family-friendly' songs of British origin which you appear to seek.]

Some more adult, but from which children may learn much, songs - e.g. some Oz convict songs like the various versions of 'Van Dieman's Land'/'Henry Abbot the Poacher', &c

Robin Hood ballads - & other, later, songs about men without the law sympathetically treated — 'Jesse James', 'Streets of Forbes [aka Death of Ben Hall', &c

Cowboy songs reflecting work of the cowboys as well as gunfights - tho those too — so 'Wyatt Earp'& 'Streets of Laredo' along with 'I'm bound to follow the longhorn cows' sung by Alan Lomax.

& other songs of men-at-work — 'Working on the Railroad', 'Drill Ye Tarriers' - ['Champion At Keeping Them Rolling', 'Schooldays Over', & other such, by E MacColl - not traditional but highly regarded by tradiyionally-oriented singers - as well as traditional ones?].

I could go on — but I think above suggestions might provide a start to get the family singing. Enjoy!

Michael


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Subject: RE: Fun folk songs for all the family
From: Bettynh
Date: 28 Dec 09 - 12:58 PM

Donkey Riding is fun. You can just skip the suggestive verses and making up new verses is part of the game.


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Subject: RE: Fun folk songs for all the family
From: GUEST,Woody
Date: 29 Dec 09 - 08:17 AM

Thanks everybody for the suggestions so far. I was hoping for songs of a more comic nature if that's possible. Ones that we sing so far are Ilkely Moor, Widecombe Fair, and My Old Man (said follow the van).

My seven year old likes the gruesome elements of Ilkley Moor and Widecombe Fair but I'd like to get some laugh out loud silly ones for her if possible.


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Subject: RE: Fun folk songs for all the family
From: lefthanded guitar
Date: 29 Dec 09 - 11:00 AM

Not English, but one kids love here starts :


Down by the bay where the watermelons grow.


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Subject: RE: Fun folk songs for all the family
From: GUEST,norhernfolk
Date: 29 Dec 09 - 03:28 PM

How about Lady All Skin and Bones - kids tend to love the gruesomeness of it and you can add a scream at the end.


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Subject: RE: Fun folk songs for all the family
From: GUEST,Woody
Date: 31 Dec 09 - 01:33 PM

> How about Lady All Skin and Bones

He he he! It might traumatize her though!


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Subject: RE: Fun folk songs for all the family
From: Young Buchan
Date: 31 Dec 09 - 06:00 PM

This was collected from the wonderfully named Suffolk singer Alien Stollery by, probably, John Howson - though I'm open to correction. I once sang it, and a friend of mine who is a Primary School teacher immediately wanted it for her class who apparently loved it - so it's probably suitable.

My thoughts today are far away beneath the deep blue sea
Where people swing on scaffold poles as happy as can be,
Where elephants skate on silver ponds and work at Retford Fair.
So if you'd like to please me you can sing this chorus here:
CHO. Hy me rinkum cokum candy rip tay Johnny with a rum tum day
Hoker flip flap jump Jim Dandy rang hi Shanghi shum tum alay.

I have a pair of trouser sleeves they are bright navy red.
I button my eyebrows under my feet, pull my boots on over my head.
And if you look at the whites of my eyes, they're speckled green and brown -
But that's because I always put my teeth in upside down.

For my tea I often like to dine on sawdust pies
Followed up with guinea pigs' eggs and periwinkles' eyes.
And when I've done I always clean my teeth with charcoal jam -
Which only goes to show you all what king of bloke I am.

I'm suffering from a gumboil that's half way up my shin.
To make myself look tall I curl my teeth with a rolling pin.
I sleep on our best feather bed that's made of sandstone board;
But I only sleep when I'm awake to mahe sure I've not snored.

She left me in the river at the corner of the street.
I sang hello in different keys and yodelled through my feet.
How often I forget to think of her across the main
And wonder if she's taught the cat to whistle this refrain:


As with all nonsense songs the object is to sing it as fast as possible!


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Subject: RE: Fun folk songs for all the family
From: Jack Campin
Date: 31 Dec 09 - 07:46 PM

Tom Lehrer's Irish Ballad.


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Subject: RE: Fun folk songs for all the family
From: Geoff the Duck
Date: 01 Jan 10 - 11:09 AM

There are plenty of songs and discussions of them in the forum. It's just a question of what you want to look for.
Does something such as this suit? -
You canna throw your granny off a bus.

Depending on age of kids, The singing kettle is worth checking out. A Scottish telly programme produced by folk singers Cilla Fisher and Artie Trezise.

There is also the Digital Tradition, which lives at the Mudcat. You might be able to get some ideas by searching key words - http://www.mudcat.org/DTKeywords.cfm - tick the box named "kids".

Quack!
Geoff the Duck.


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Subject: RE: Fun folk songs for all the family
From: GUEST,Woody
Date: 02 Jan 10 - 03:51 AM

Thanks guys


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Subject: RE: Fun folk songs for all the family
From: jugmws
Date: 08 Jan 10 - 11:13 AM

You need skin.........
Take good care of it.

Kids love it.


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Subject: RE: Fun folk songs for all the family
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 08 Jan 10 - 03:15 PM

Worms, the eaten ones. Yeuch! Kids love it.

Almost any clean accumulative song. Old Macdonald's Farm has lots of variations to different tunes. When I sing the Barley Mow to kids they love it and want to learn it.

'Coming round the mountain' is very popular. What shall we do with a drunken sailor, with made up verses added.

'The Keeper' is very bawdy but kids don't know that and it has a hell of a good chorus. We all learnt it in primary school thanks to Cecil Sharp!


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Subject: RE: Fun folk songs for all the family
From: Mo the caller
Date: 08 Jan 10 - 03:15 PM

The Keeper has a nice question and answer chorus


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Subject: RE: Fun folk songs for all the family
From: GUEST,NBxl
Date: 09 Apr 12 - 01:22 PM

Re the suggestion from Young Buchan. I found your post when googling a rhyme which had passed down through my family over the generations. Where the version you quote goes:

Hy me rinkum cokum candy rip tay Johnny with a rum tum day
Hoker flip flap jump Jim Dandy rang hi Shanghi shum tum alay.

The version I learnt from my grandfather is:

Oh my rinkum cokum candy up comes Johnny with a rum tee flo
Hop skip flip flap jum gin jandy twanguy tawnguy chum chum baloo.

The rhythm and the many of the words are the same so one obviously derives from the other. Do you know anything else about its history?


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Subject: RE: Fun folk songs for all the family
From: Bert
Date: 09 Apr 12 - 08:14 PM

Not all folk, not all English and not all fun but OK for the family.

A New Jerusalem
A Roving
Adam in the Garden        
Alabama Bound
Ash Grove - The        
Ballad of Bethnal Green
Banana Boat Song
Banks of Newfoundland        
Banks of the Ohio                
Barbara Allen
Battle of New Orleans
Beer Glorious Beer                
Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms
Bestest Friend                            
Bheir Me O
Bless 'em All                
Blow the Candle Out                
Blow the Man Down        
Blow Ye Winds in the Morning
Blue Christmas                
Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain
British Workman's Grave
Botany Bay
Both Sides Now
Butterfingers
Careless Love
Chivalrous Shark
Click Go The Shears
Columbus Landed Here
Columbus Stockade
Come Inside
Coming 'Round the Mountain                
Congo River
Copper Kettle
Cornish Nightingale
Crawdad        
Dahn the Plug'Ole                
Danny Boy
Dark As the Dungeon
Daydream Believer
Dead or Alive                
Dear Ol' Dutch                
Dear Old Shannon Shore
Ding Dang Dong go the Wedding Bells        
Dirty Old Town
Donkey Riding
Don't Laugh at Me 'cos I'm a Fool
Don't Put Your Finger Up Your Nose        
Don't You Hate it When... A
Down in the Valley                
Drunken Sailor
Early One Morning
Ebeneezer - The
Fields of Athenry - The
Fireship
Foggy Mountain Top        
Fox - The        
Frankie and Johnny                
Free From the Chaingang Now
Froggy Went A Courting    D                
Frozen Logger
Gold Rush is Over - The
Golden Vanity
Good Luck to the Barley Mow
Goodnight Irene
Goodnight-Loving Trail
Half as Much                
Hallelujah I'm a Bum
Hippopotamus Song        
Hot Buttered Rum
I Can't Help but Wonder Where I'm Bound
I was born under a wandering star
I'll Take the Legs                
I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen
I'm not Saying that I Love You
In Eleven More Months and Ten More Days        
In Me Liverpool Home
Island Woman
Jamaica Farewell
Jambalaya
Kawliga
Last Thing on My Mind                
Leave Her Johnny                
Leaving of Liverpool
Little Boxes        
Lively        
Love is a Teasing
Mama Don't 'Low
Manchester Rambler                
Manura Manyah
Maybe it's Because I'm a Londoner
Mermaid -The - Traditional
Michael Finnegan
Michael Row The Boat Ashore                        
Midnight Special
My Old Man's a Dustman
Nobody Loves Like an Irishman D                
Noreen Bawn
Old 97
Old Sow Song
On a Monday Morning Oh
Paddy Lay Back
Paper of Pins
Old 97
Old Sow Song
On a Monday Morning Oh
Paddy Lay Back
Paper of Pins
Pig and the Inebriate        
Precious Lord                
Pub with no Beer
Putting on the Style
Rambles of Spring                        
Ramblin Boy
Ramblin Rover
Robert Emmett
Roddy McCorley       D                
Roll Alabama Roll
Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms
Scarborough Fair                
Scarlet Ribbons        
Singing The Blues                 
Sixteen Tons
Snowbird
Some Days Are Diamonds
Song for a Winter's Night                
Song of the Thrush                
Sourwood Mountain
Spanish Ladies
Still I Love Him
Streets of London
Summer Wages
Swansea Town Once More
There is a Tavern in the Town        
There was a Little Sparrow        
There's a Hole in my Bucket
Thing - The                
This Land is Your Land
Tie Me Kangaroo Down
Tom Dooley                
Tom Pierce
Unchained Melody                
Unicorns
Vicar of Bray -The
Waltzing Matilda
Waters of Tyne          A
Wayward Wind
Where Have All the Flowers Gone                
Whiffenpoof Song
While London Sleeps
Whiskey Johnny        
Why Oh Why                
Wild Mountain Thyme   A                
Woad
You Are My Sunshine


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