(Apple, Papple, Pirum, Parum)
(Baa, Baa, White Lamb)
(Bake, Bake, Little Cake)
Clapping Game for Babies
(The Bear is Sleeping)
(Twinkle Little Star)
(The Farmer and the Crow)
(Bridge, Bridge, Breja)
(Dance My Doll)
(There was a Little Mouse)
(Dinkeli dunkeli doja)
(A Squirrel Sat in a Spruce Tree)
(A Bus Driver)
(One Elephant Was Swinging)
(A Hobo Was Walking Down Roslags Street)
(I Walk Alone and Wander Here)
(1, 2, 3, Red Light!)
(Fly, Ugly Fly)
(I Seek no Splendor)
(The Old Man and Old Woman Had a Calf)
(The Old Woman Wanted to Cradle a Baby)
(Greetings to Those Back Home)
(Have You Seen my Bell Cow?)
(The Harga Song)
(Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes)
(In a House at the End of the Woods)
(The Itsy Bitsy Spider)
(Yes, May He Live!)
(Our Lady Ladybug!)
(Carousel (Rosy Maiden))
(The Cat and Its Tail)
Days of the Week Song
(My Hat, It Has Three Sides)
(Grandma's Little Crow)
(We are All Mama's Kids)
(Mother's Little Olle)
(Now It's Christmas Again)
(Now Merry Christmas Ends, Ends, Ends)
(Oh, So Cozy)
(Ole Dole Doff)
(The Priest's Little Crow)
(Hasty Feet Run Quick, Quick, Quick!)
(The Fox Runs Across the Ice)
(Rider, Rider, Rocker)
(Rida, Rida, Ranka (Version 2))
(Ritsch, Ratsch, Fili-boom Boom Boom)
(So We Go around a Juniper Bush)
Santa Lucia Song
(Santa Lucia(Bright Illusion))
(The Little Frogs)
(Sun Out, Sun In)
(Silent Night, Holy Night)
(Little Old Santa Got a Cold)
(The Gnomes' Christmas Night)
(Three Little Old Ladies)
(Thumb Tot, Spatula)
Finger Naming Rhyme
(Where Shall You Go My Little Girl?)
(Our Rooster Is Dead)
(Spring Breezes Weave and Whisper)
(Who Can Sail without Wind?)
(We are Musicians)
(The Willow Song)
(We Go Over Dew-Sprinkled Mountains)
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".
Christmas Carols Around The World is a downloadable e-book, which you will gain access to immediately.
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Articles about the music, culture and traditions of Sweden and more.
We came across a Swedish song in English called "Christmastime". We have the English lyrics and tune (see below). Can anyone identify the original Swedish song? Midi Tune of Christmastime Lyrics and score… If you can help with this song, please either comment below or email me. [...]
Tamera wrote to us looking for help finding a lullaby her great great grandmother sang to her father when he was a little boy. Here’s her email…. Hi Lisa I’m hoping someone can help me find this old Swedish lullaby? My 70 year old father remembers his great grandmother [...]
The Muppets ran their holiday special last night and sang "It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!" Fozzie was dressed as Santa Claus and the Swedish chef was wearing a wreath of candles on his head. This is worn in Sweden as part of the Santa Lucia Day festival that’s held [...]
In Scandinavia, there’s a beautiful celebration in December called Santa Lucia. The celebration started in part of Sweden in the 18th century. It slowly spread to the rest of the country in the 19th century and to most of Scandinavia in the 20th century. Traditionally, to celebrate [...]
Do you remember doing the Bunny Hop? I learnt it as a kid in the early ’70’s in dance class. The Bunny Hop and the Finnish Folk Dance called "Letkajenkka" (aka Letkis) are nearly identical. Both became a dance craze around the world. The Bunny Hop became popular in [...]
Jessica wrote, "Here is the video of my husband’s great grandma (102) reciting a fingers and toes rhyme (Swedish origin perhaps?)." Can anyone help identify the language of the rhyme, write out the words and/or help with a translation? If so, please comment below or email me. [...]
Bob Anderson wrote looking for help with a Swedish childhood rhyme. Here’s his question: Do you know of a children's verse my dad (born 1879) used to do with the grandkids? He would bounce them on his knees, holding their hands, and at the climax, open his knees and drop them [...]
Bonnie wrote asking for help with a Swedish lullaby. Here’s her email: Hello! I just discovered your lovely site when looking for more words to a Swedish lullaby my father (85) tried to remember all his adult life. We only have this little bit: Ro, ro sharen Placka biben [...]
Elizabeth wrote asking for help with a Swedish song. Here's her note: My Swedish mother would sing a Swedish song to me as she bounced me on her knee. In Swedish it started out, "Mormor’s lilla lassa". Her English translation was: "Once there was a little boy and he [...]
Florence wrote asking for help finding a childhood story. Here's her letter: Hello Lisa, My Grandpa was Swedish and when I was growing up he and my Dad would tell us a story about Uncle Bobby and his two monkeys; Jim & Jockle (sp?). They were naughty little monkeys. That’s about [...]
(In Swedish and English)
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A Mama Lisa Book
Over 50 songs and rhymes, in French with translations into English. You'll find well-known songs like Frère Jacques, Alouette, and Au claire de la lune, alongside many you may never have heard of. At the end of each item in this book, there's a web address to an online version of the song or rhyme. There we are often able to include sheet music, recordings and videos of performances. We hope this book will help foster a love of French songs and culture all over the world! Order Here!