(1, 2, 3, Red Light!)
(A Hobo Was Walking Down Roslags Street)
(Apple, Papple, Pirum, Parum)
(A Squirrel Sat in a Spruce Tree)
(Baa, Baa, White Lamb)
(Bake, Bake, Little Cake)
Clapping Game for Babies
(Bridge, Bridge, Breja)
(Carousel (Rosy Maiden))
(Dance My Doll)
(Dinkeli dunkeli doja)
(Fly, Ugly Fly)
(Grandma's Little Crow)
(Greetings to Those Back Home)
(Hasty Feet Run Quick, Quick, Quick!)
(Have You Seen my Bell Cow?)
(Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes)
(I Seek no Splendor)
(I Walk Alone and Wander Here)
(Little Old Santa Got a Cold)
Days of the Week Song
(My Hat, It Has Three Sides)
(Now It's Christmas Again)
(Now Merry Christmas Ends, Ends, Ends)
(Ole Dole Doff)
(One Elephant Was Swinging)
(Our Lady Ladybug!)
(Our Rooster Is Dead)
(Rida, Rida, Ranka (Version 2))
(Rider, Rider, Rocker)
(Ritsch, Ratsch, Fili-boom Boom Boom)
Santa Lucia Song
(Santa Lucia(Bright Illusion))
(Silent Night, Holy Night)
(So We Go around a Juniper Bush)
(Spring Breezes Weave and Whisper)
(Sun Out, Sun In)
(The Bear is Sleeping)
(The Cat and Its Tail)
(The Farmer and the Crow)
(The Fox Runs Across the Ice)
(The Gnomes' Christmas Night)
(The Harga Song)
(The Itsy Bitsy Spider)
(The Little Frogs)
(The Old Man and Old Woman Had a Calf)
(The Old Woman Wanted to Cradle a Baby)
(The Priest's Little Crow)
(There was a Little Mouse)
(The Wicker Song)
(Three Little Old Ladies)
(Thumb Tot, Spatula)
Finger Naming Rhyme
(Twinkle Little Star)
(We are All Mama's Kids)
(We are Musicians)
(We Go Over Dew-Sprinkled Mountains)
(Who Can Sail without Wind?)
(Yes, May He Live!)
Please contribute a traditional song or rhyme from your country.
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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 [...]
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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!
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