New Year's Song
(A Little Lad from Melin Y Wig )
(All Through the Night)
(Gee Up Little Horse)
(Happy New Year)
(Have You Ever Been Sailing?)
(I Saw a Jackdaw)
(New Year's Eve)
(One Finger, Two Fingers, Three Fingers Dancing)
(The Colors of the Rainbow)
(The Miller's Song)
(There's White Snow on the Mountain's Brow)
(Tidy Little House)
(Two Small Dogs)
(Yonder Comes Mother)
Please contribute a traditional song or rhyme from your country.
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Joann wrote asking for help with a song she’s researching for a 90 year old friend. Here’s her letter: Do you know of a song sung years ago in the USA, but possibly of Welsh in origin with the phrase, "Terunden, teroden"? The lady is in her mid-nineties, she gave more [...]
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Donna wrote to me asking for help with a song: Hi Mama Lisa ….my Grandmother used to sing a song to my Mother when she was a child and we can’t find the correct words or melody to it. I was wondering if you or anyone you know might know it. My ancestors are from […] [...]
I found this little Welsh New Years Day song in British Goblins, Welsh Folk-lore, Fairy Mythology, Legends and Traditions (1880) by Wirt Sikes… "A Welsh song sung on New Year’s Day, in Glamorganshire, by boys in chorus, somewhat after the Christmas carol fashion, is this:" [...]
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Cathy Smith McGregor wrote on Mama Lisa’s World Facebook Group: My Aunt posted this on her wall. Can you help her? (She is Welsh.) “When I was in school in the U.K. we sang a little song about feeding the birds in winter, but all I can remember is bits and pieces. It says something [...]
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New From Mama Lisa
Our new book, Kid Songs Around the World, features 100 beloved songs and rhymes from all parts of the globe. Each includes the full text in the original language, with an English translation. Most also include SHEET MUSIC and LINKS TO RECORDINGS AND VIDEOS.Order Here!
With Our New Book 'Kid Songs Around The World'
Whoever the children are in your life - your kids, your grandkids, your students, even yourself (in your heart) - 'Kid Songs Around The World' is a wonderful way to help them experience other languages and cultures.
In 'Kid Songs Around The World' we've gathered 100 of our favorite songs and rhymes from all the continents of the globe.
Each song includes the full text in the original language, with an English translation, and most include sheet music. All include links to web pages where you can listen to recordings, hear the tune or watch a video performance. Each includes a beautiful illustration.
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 hope this book will help foster a love of international children's songs!