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Articles about 'Holiday Songs'
We have many versions of The Hearse Song on Mama Lisa’s World.  You can find one version here with a recording and a lot of other versions here.  I recently received yet another one, which has an interesting backstory.  Here’s the email I received from Ananda Patterson: This version is from my grandfather, who was born...
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Emanuela wrote from Italy about St. Nicholas of Bari… "We celebrate St. Nicholas of Bari on December 6th. Our St. Nicholas is the Nicholas who is celebrated in northern Europe. St. Nicholas was the Bishop of Myra (now part of Turkey), but now his body is in Bari, Italy. European immigrants brought this character to America....
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Happy St. Nicolas’ Day! Here’s a link to info about the legend of St. Nick. Here’s a link to a Dutch St. Nick song with a recording:
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Check out Mama Lisa’s World’s New Christmas Carol App for $1.99! Featuring… -75 Beloved Carols from Around the World. -Each carol includes lyrics in the original language, with an English translation. -Each includes recordings, some by professional musicians, but many by ordinary people who have contributed them to us, to help preserve...
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Here’s a cute little song called Eight Little Letters Make Three Little Words (I love you) about love and marriage.  The song was written by Bert Kalmar (1884-1947), music by Ted Snyder (1881-1965).  Below you can listen to an mp3 recording and read along with the lyrics… MP3 of Eight Little Letters Make Three Little Words....
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The Ninepenny Fidil (Fiddle) is a song about playing a fiddle and about meeting a leprechaun.  The song was written by Seosamh Mac Cathmhaoil and arranged by Herbert Hughes to old Irish melody. Below you can listen to a video of the song, followed by the lyrics. The Ninepenny Fidil My...
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Song of The Leprechaun or Fairy Shoemaker was written by Irish poet William Allingham (1824 – 1889).  Leprechauns are known to be shoemakers.  At the end of the work day, they hide away the money they earned in a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. Song of The Leprechaun or Fairy Shoemaker is...
Shirley Stump shared this Chinese New Year Song with the note: "Happy Chinese New Year for the 10th of February, this song is very popular in China.  It has a very catchy chorus that I sing at my music classes for preschool children. The chorus is: Gong-Xi Gong-Xi Gong-Xi Ni Ya, Gong-Xi Gong-Xi Gong-Xi Ni." English...
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Laba is a Chinese festival that has traditionally started off the Chinese New Year preparations. It’s on the eighth day of the twelfth lunar month. Agnes wrote about it from China: "We eat Laba Rice Porridge and Laba Garlic for the Laba Festival. Laba Porridge is made of mixed grains and corns, like peanuts, chestnuts, dates...
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Jacquelyn Sherst sent me the following song and note: "This is a song developed from a school in the USA.  I am unsure of which state, but I heard it when I was very young an loved it." Faces Faces Funny Faces Faces, faces, funny faces You make...
This Christmas song was sent to us from the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores.  It’s sung throughout the Portuguese speaking world. The carol starts with a child leaving his shoe on the windowsill outside. In Portugal, children do this for the Epiphany (the day that celebrates the Three Kings’ visit to Jesus). Children leave straw and...
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Here’s a video of the song Dem Bones for Halloween.  It’s a longer version to actually teach kids about dem bones… Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones, Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones, Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones… Enjoy dem bones! Mama Lisa
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In the past we’ve posted many versions of The Hearse Song that our readers have sent in.  Recently we received two versions that somewhat differ from the others.  They were sent by Richard Smith.  Here they are: My mother taught me this approximately 1954…   Did you ever think when a hearse went by That someday it may be...
Here’s a video of a Mother’s Day Song in Spanish.  It’s called "Mamá te quiero mucho" – I Love You Mommy.  You can find the lyrics and translation here. Thanks to Sara Quintanar (the author and singer of this song) for sharing this video with us! Happy Mother’s Day! Mama Lisa
Skidamarink… A great song for Valentine’s Day! Skidamarink a dink a dink Skiamarink a doo I love you! Skidamarink a dink a dink Skiamarink a doo I love you! I love you in the morning and in the afternoon, I love you...
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In anticipation of Valentine’s Day, here’s a poem called "Valentine Song" written by Robert Argyle Campbell with an MP3 recording. MP3 of Valentine Song Valentine Song Dearest, let these roses  In their purity, Be a present symbol Of my love for thee. Underneath the blossom  Thorns are sure to grow;...
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At the End of the Feast is an "End of Christmas" Carol from England lamenting the end of holiday festivities.  I find it to be humorous! This song is also called A Carol for the 12th Day and was first printed in New Christmas Carols in 1642.  It can also be found in Notes and Queries...
Kendall Bergstrom wrote to me asking for help with a Swedish Christmas song about Santa having a cold.  Here’s what he wrote: Hello, Do you have the song about Santa and his cold during Christmas time?  My father used to sing it every Christmas eve, and it ended with Santa sneezing saying, "Achee Achee Achee pruuzee!"…  Or...
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The Coventry Carol dates back to 16th century England.  It was originally part of a play that was performed in Coventry.  The rest of the play has been lost, but this song was so memorable that people kept singing it. The story behind the song comes from The Gospel of Mathew in the Bible.  It’s the...
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Daria (a children’s performer) wrote to me about her husband’s experience as a child in Greece at Christmas time.  Here’s what she wrote: "My husband grew up in Greece and loves to remember caroling with a triangle during the Christmas season. He and his brothers and sisters would go door to door and even on the...
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