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Childrens Music
Geoff Grainger
Last updated: 25.01.20
The listed children's songs comprise two categories namely the ones that I regularly sing to adult audiences and which are mostly to be found in the Clancy Brothers repertoire. The other category covers children's' songs which my mother, Peggy Grainger sang.
I had the good fortune to spend almost whole two days between 3rd and 4th October 2000 with my mother whilst on holiday in Singapore, taking down her repertoire of childhood songs. Some of these she sang to her five children and she sang others for her own pleasure either during her own childhood or later as a young mother.
She learned all these songs by rote from four main sources; a children's' home in Worcester (1920-1925), St. George's School, Barbourne, Worcester (1925-1929), Stanley Road School, Worcester (1930-1933) and The Worcester Secondary School for Girls (1933-1937).
She has very firm memories of her music teachers, a Miss Cole of St. George's School who she describes as being tall and thin with very black straight hair, and her Stanley Road teacher, Mrs Spires. Mrs Spires, who she personally liked very much, made a particular impression as she was a "widow-lady" whose husband had been killed in 1918. The tears in this good lady's eyes during the annual November Remembrance Services made a life-long impression on my mother, then a girl of some 10-11 years.
The number of songs, poems and ditties recovered during this two-day period was surprisingly large and we have enough material for a songbook and a CD, please watch this space!.

Geoff Grainger, Bremen-Vegesack, January 2001

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Folk Songs of Various Countries a massive site with over 10000 folk songs (midis and lyrics) by Frank Petersohn
     Title Files Remarks
       
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kids15.jpg Cock Robin  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
kids15.jpg Down by the station   nlyrics.gif
kids15.jpg Farmer's in the Dell, The   nlyrics.gif
kids15.jpg Ferry me across the water  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
kids15.jpg Go to sleep my baby   nlyrics.gif
kids15.jpg Golden Slumbers  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
kids15.jpg Hush, my dear, lie still   nlyrics.gif
kids15.jpg I know an old lady who swallowed a fly  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
kids15.jpg I met an engine   nlyrics.gif
kids15.jpg I'll tell me ma  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif  midi15.gif nlyrics.gif
kids15.jpg Irish Soldiers, The  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
kids15.jpg Leary the Lamplighter   nlyrics.gif
kids15.jpg Little White Rabbit, A   nlyrics.gif
kids15.jpg Man of double deed, A  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
kids15.jpg  My heart was light as a feather   nlyrics.gif
kids15.jpg Never tell lies   nlyrics.gif
kids15.jpg Oh can ye sew cushions  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
kids15.jpg Oh mother, how pretty the moon is tonight   nlyrics.gif
kids15.jpg Okey Cokey, The  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
kids15.jpg One day old   nlyrics.gif
kids15.jpg One man went to mow  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
kids15.jpg Oranges and Lemons  midi15.gif nlyrics.gif
kids15.jpg Paper of pins  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nscore.gif
kids15.jpg Polly-Wolly-Doodle  notes5usa.gif   nlyrics.gif
kids15.jpg Poor Mary sits a-weeping   nlyrics.gif
kids15.jpg Silver Moon, The   nlyrics.gif
kids15.jpg There were fairies at the bottom of the garden   nlyrics.gif
kids15.jpg There were three jolly Scotsmen   nlyrics.gif
kids15.jpg This old man  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
kids15.jpg Three Little Foxes, The   nlyrics.gif
kids15.jpg  Three mice went into a hole to spin   nlyrics.gif
kids15.jpg When I was young  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nscore.gif
kids15.jpg Wouldn't it be lovely   nlyrics.gif
kids15.jpg Wren Song, The  notes5usa.gif notes5uk.gif notes5de.gif notes5fr.gif   nlyrics.gif
     Title Performer Song
       
youtube15.jpg The Bailiff's Daughter of Islington (3:22) Paul Clayton The Bailiff's Daughter of Islington
youtube15.jpg Cock Robin (3:06) Nursery Rhymes Cock Robin
youtube15.jpg Down by the station (1:42) BBC Teach Down by the station
youtube15.jpg The Farmer's in the Dell (2:16) Peekaboo Kidz The Farmer's in the Dell
youtube15.jpg Ferry me across the water (0:31) Suraj Sonkhare Ferry me across the water
youtube15.jpg Ferry me across the water (0:44) KTB Music Ferry me across the water
youtube15.jpg Go to sleep my baby (1:48) Laurel and hardy Go to sleep my baby
youtube15.jpg Go to sleep my baby (2:36) Appuseries Go to sleep my baby
youtube15.jpg Golden Slumbers (1:28) Riley Cheer Guild Golden Slumbers
youtube15.jpg  Hush, my dear, lie still (3:04) Guildford Cathedral Choir, Hush, my dear, lie still
youtube15.jpg I Know An Old Lady (2:40) Burl Ives I know an old lady who swallowed a fly
youtube15.jpg I met an engine (0:59) Renegade Scouter I met an engine
youtube15.jpg I'll tell me ma (2:28) The Dubliners I'll tell me ma
youtube15.jpg The Irish Soldiers (1:52) The Clancy Children The Irish Soldiers
youtube15.jpg Leary the Lamplighter (2:23) Phil Hogg Leary the Lamplighter
youtube15.jpg A Man of double deed (3:28) The Robert Clancy Grandchildren A Man of double deed
youtube15.jpg Never tell lies (3:58) Dany Rosevear Never tell lies
youtube15.jpg Oh can ye sew cushions (2:53) Isabelle Baille Oh can ye sew cushions
youtube15.jpg Oh mother, how pretty the moon is tonight (2:39) Dany Rosevear Oh mother, how pretty the moon is tonight
youtube15.jpg  The Okey Cokey (2:47) kidsmusicshop1 The Okey Cokey
youtube15.jpg One day old (1:56) Elizabeth Mitchel One day old
youtube15.jpg One man went to mow (3:12) NurseryTracks One man went to mow
youtube15.jpg Oranges and Lemons (1:33) KiddieOK Oranges and Lemons
youtube15.jpg Paper of pins (1:51) The Clancy Brothers Paper of pins
youtube15.jpg Polly-Wolly-Doodle (3:08) Tom Roush Polly-Wolly-Doodle
youtube15.jpg Poor Mary sits a-weeping (1:21) Dany Rosevear Poor Mary sits a-weeping
youtube15.jpg There were fairies at the bottom of the garden (4:12) Beatrice Lillie There were fairies at the bottom of the garden
youtube15.jpg This old man (2:03) My Little World of Song This old man
youtube15.jpg The Three Little Foxes (2:28) tobydarling The Three Little Foxes
youtube15.jpg  Three mice went into a hole spin (2:45) Gavin Atkin Three mice went into a hole to spin
youtube15.jpg When I was young (1:20) Dany Rosevear When I was young
youtube15.jpg The Wren Song (1:55) The Clancy Brothers The Wren Song
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