(Rocking, Rocking The Child )
(Baa Baa Little Lamb)
(Bake the Cake Sweet)
Clapping Game For Babies
(The Bear is Sleeping)
(Bridge, Bridge, Glasses)
(Lulla, Lullay Child)
(Hush Little Baby)
(Hush-A-Bye, Little Bundle)
(Hush My Little Child)
(Dabba, Dabba Dove)
(Dance in a Ring)
(There Lives a Baker)
(One Elephant Came Marching)
(If You're Happy And You Know It)
(The Wheels on the Bus)
(Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes)
(Hurray for You for Celebrating Your Birthday!)
(In a Cabin in the Woods)
(Clap, Clap Sweet Thing)
Clapping Game for Babies
(Hush, Calm, Golden Child)
(Little Peter Spider)
(Little Trille (Humpty Dumpty))
(Now in Peace Go to Sleep)
(Ole dole doff)
(At the Bridge in Avignon)
(Paul and His Chickens)
(Ride Ride Ranke)
(Ride Ride Ranka (Version 2))
(Rita Rita Runkin! (Version 3))
(Row, Row, Row Your Boat)
(Row, Row To The Fishing Reef)
(So We Go around the Juniper Bush)
(Sleep Calmly, Little Song)
(Sun Outside, Sun Inside)
(Sleep in Peace, Little One)
(Cradle Me a Little)
(Thumbkin, Where Are You?)
Finger Naming Rhyme
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.
"Guill˘ 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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Articles about the music, culture and traditions of Norway and more.
Renee Dickens wrote to us asking for help with a childhood song: “My grandmother used to sing a Norwegian song or rhyme she called ‘Ree Dee Dunkin’. No one in our family can find anything about it. It would be really great to have the actual song with all the words. Your help [...]
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 [...]
I asked Siri Randem from the Norwegian language music site Barnesanger about the most popular kids songs and lullabies in Norway. This was her response: Some people sing BŠ, bŠ lille lam (a children’s song) or Mikkel Rev (similar). Everyone in Norway has heard these two in childhood. They are [...]
Can anyone help with the lyrics to this pretty Norwegian lullaby? Byssan lull liten tull (Folkesang) If you can help with the original lyrics and/or an English translation, please let us know in the comments below. Thanks in advance! Mama Lisa [...]
Rhiannon Daymond-King sent me a counting-out rhyme called "Zinty Tinty" with this note: "I was taught a counting rhyme by my father, who said it came from his mother. Her mother was Swedish, so he thought it was in Swedish (or possibly Norwegian given that the part of the country she [...]
Open Culture has a page of free language learning links covering 40 languages. Here are some of the languages you can find links for… Arabic, English, Chinese, French, Spanish, Bulgarian, Catalan, Danish, Dutch, Esperanto, Finnish, Gaelic, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Irish, [...]
People around the world leave different "treats" for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. In the US and Canada, we put out milk and cookies for Santa. I have to say when he comes to our house, he leaves a big mess of crumbs on the table… but he always writes us a note [...]
Rida, Rida Ranka is a rhyme and song known to many in Scandinavia and to the families of Scandinavian immigrants in the US. Lance N. Peterson wrote to me of its significance to his family. (I added links below to the versions of Rida, rida ranka he talks about.) Dear Lisa: Words are what we [...]
Karin wrote: I was named after a song, “Lille Karin” and I can’t find it anywhere. Can you help? The song is definitely Norwegian. I think it’s a child’s song. I cannot sing (properly) in Norwegian but the first line sounds like this:- “Var har du varet du lille [...]
Rachel wrote asking about a childhood rhyme… Hello, My Norwegian Grandfather – passed away 30 years ago – used to put me on his knee and do something like: Bunka Bunka Roona, Smacka Smacka Doona, Kahoong and Kahoong & Set the Butchin up! How Many? At the end, he'd put so [...]
Norwegian Children's songs (in Norwegian) with sheet music, lyrics and recordings.
(In English, Spanish and Norwegian)
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