(Bell a Ring a Yard)
(Hill and Gully Rider)
(Brown Girl in the Ring)
(Day-O (The Banana Boat Song))
(Long Time Girl, I Never See You)
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Articles about the music, culture and traditions of Jamaica and more.
Victoria Mckenzie wrote: Does any one know the words for “hush mama baby” please, because my mum sings it to my daughter and it makes her fall asleep. All I know is… Hush mama baby, mama gone to market To buy a frock for mamas little girl. It’s from Jamaica. Hope that can [...]
Angelica wrote: We use to sing a song in school (1940s) with lyrics that went like this….”Leroy Leroy my boy be careful what you do, the tall papaya tree is much too high for you….so bring your basket down before you get a fall…” Have you heard of it? I sure would [...]
Pat Gowdy wrote asking for help with a childhood rhyme from Italy. Here’s the email: I used to recite a "poem" when I was a little kid, taught to me by my uncle who was born in Italy, in the Piedmont area near Asti, but came to California with his parents and siblings when he [...]
Rita wrote asking for help with a Yiddish children’s song. Here’s her note… Does anyone know of an old Yiddish song sung while lightly pinching the top of a child’s hand. Both the singer’s and the child’s hands move up and down together? These were some of [...]
Bruce Ham wrote to us recently looking for help with the lyrics to a Dutch children’s song that his grandmother used to sing to the kids in the family. He sent us a recording of his grandmother singing the song. In the recording you can also hear his grandma talk about how she used to [...]
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