(A Be Bow)
(Are you Afraid of the Bogeyman?)
(Clap Your Hands)
Clapping Game for Babies
(Bobo the Scale)
(Boil, Boil, Little Pot)
(Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star)
(Goat, Little Goat)
(One Hundred and Fifty)
(There Once Was a King)
(The Thumb Says)
(In the Morning, I Don't Eat because I Think of You)
Valentine's Day Rhyme
(Ding, Dong, Big Bell's Tones)
(Sleep, Sleep, Beautiful Child)
(Go to Sleep, Go to Sleepy)
(The Days of the Week Rhyme)
(Ambarabai ciccì coccò)
(Turn, Turn Around)
(Turn, Turn Around(Long Version))
(The Child's Horse)
(The Blackbird Lost Its Beak)
(My Hat It Has Three Corners)
(In the Middle of the Fountain)
(La Befana, Frizzy, Frizzy)
La Befana Song
(The Befana Comes at Night)
La Befana Rhyme
(The Pretty Washerwoman)
(The Little Bowls)
(Winter Is Over)
(Winter Has Gone)
(The Birdie That Comes from The Sea)
(Mom, Give Me A Hundred Pounds)
(Hand, Dead Hand)
(Mary Busy with the Washing)
(As You're Sleeping in Your Bed)
(On the Old Farm)
(Lullaby At Twenty Past Seven)
(Brother Simon's Lullaby)
(Infant Jesus' Lullaby)
(Lullaby, Lullaby, ooh)
(Rock-a-bye Baby, Oh (Version 2) )
(Oh, What a Fine Castle)
(Poppies and Goslings)
(Peppina, Get a Comb)
(For He's a Nice Boy)
(Plaza, Pretty Plaza)
(Parsley Put Itself in the Middle)
(How Many Horns Does The Goat Have?)
(This One, The Beautiful Eye)
Santa Lucia Song
(Chair, Little Chair)
(If You're Happy and You Know It)
(Under the Malacca Bridge)
(Star, Little Star)
(Cut the Garlic on the Cutting Board)
(Tacci and Taccin)
(A Lot of Wishes for You)
(Head, Shoulders, Knees and Feet)
(I Love You because You're Sweet like a Cream Puff)
(Mousie, Mousey Zum Ba Ba)
Hand Clapping Rhyme
(Thirty Days Has November)
(Trot, Trot Horsey)
(Trucci Trucci Cavallucci)
(Turli Turli Was Crying)
(You Come Down from the Stars)
(1, 2, 3, Star!)
(One Elephant was Swinging)
(One, Two, Three)
(A Piece of Pizza)
(Long, Long Live Music!)
Please contribute a traditional song or rhyme from your country.
Featuring sheet music and links to recordings!
In Christmas Carols Around The World we've gathered over 75 beloved carols from countries and cultures all around the globe.
Each carol includes the full text in the original language, with an English translation.
Each includes links to recordings on the Mama Lisa website, some by professional
musicians, but many by ordinary people who have contributed them to us, to help
preserve their culture.
Most include beautiful illustrations and sheet music.
Many have commentary sent to us by our correspondents who write about the history of
the songs and what they meant in their lives.
We've included beloved favorites from all over the world like:
"Tu scendi dalle stelle (You Come Down from the Stars)" from Italy.
"Guillô prends ton tambourin (Patapan)" from France.
And "Cantos para pedir posada (Carol to Ask for Lodging)" from Mexico.
We've also included English language favorites like
"Good King Wenceslas".
And spirituals like "Go Tell It On The Mountain".
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Music, culture and traditions from all around the world!
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