October 12th, 2016
We’re happy to announce we just added a Freedom Song from the Virgin Islands! The song is called Clear de Road. Check out the link to find the song with lyrics with two YouTube videos. Meanwhile, you can listen to a lovely Virgin Islands song called "Moonlight"… We believe it’s traditional. If anyone can share […]
May 25th, 2016
Welcome Songs and Goodbye Songs are very popular in many countries in Africa. They’re often sung in schools when there’s a visitor. Here’s a sweet song from Uganda that’s sung by schoolchildren from the town of Igana. You’ll find the lyrics below followed by a YouTube… Welcome Song I’m so excited on top of the […]
November 19th, 2015
Mama Lisa’s World has a new feature to allow you to search for songs based on song type! Some of our favorites include Jump Rope Songs, Hand Clapping Rhymes, Camp Songs, Finger Plays, Singing Games, Circle Dances… To tell the truth, there are so many great song categories that it’s hard to choose! Check it […]
October 2nd, 2015
We have a little collection of rhymes and lullabies about fairies. You can click on the titles below to find the songs. They’re from all Ireland and Scotland. Ireland Are You a Witch or Are You a Fairy? (Jump Rope Rhyme and Chant) Ballyeamon Cradle Song Fairy Lullaby Seoithín, Seo Hó – Hush-a-bye, Baby (Irish […]
March 29th, 2015
The song "Ira Congo" is sung around the world by choirs and Girl Scouts. It’s believed to come from Africa. Below you’ll find the lyrics and some YouTube renditions. Ira congo, Ira congo by ay, Ira congo by ay congo, By ay, congo, by ay. If anyone knows which country this song comes from and/or […]
November 10th, 2014
Mama Lisa’s World now has a search box! You can search for songs, rhymes, poems, recipes and traditions. You can search for specific languages, countries and cultures. You can search for a particular word… like "apple" or "train". You can even put two or three words in… like "French Apple Song". We hope you find […]
June 20th, 2014
Here’s a wonderful song for preschoolers and kindergartners to learn about the head and face. This song is sung in English in Cameroon, Africa. It was sung for us by Nyango M. Nambangi. MP3 Recording of I Have a Head I Have a Head I have a head, a head, I have a head, a […]
August 9th, 2013
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 […]
June 26th, 2013
I came across this YouTube video of kids in Nigeria playing two circle dance games. The songs are quite fun! The lyrics are in English. English is the official language of Nigeria even though over 500 languages are spoken there. You can find most of the lyrics below the video. Song #1 To play: […]
October 22nd, 2012
"Ging Gang Goolie" was written by Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the Boy Scouts, for the 1st World Scout Jamboree in 1920. Kids from 34 countries attended the event. The song is gibberish on purpose so that kids all over the world who speak different languages can sing along and not feel like the song […]
October 11th, 2012
Hello! Bread and Butter can be used as a Hello or Goodbye Song. You clap along as you chant. You can find the lyrics below with 2 videos showing how to chant and clap to the song. In the first video it’s used as a Hello Song and in the second video it’s used as […]
August 9th, 2012
Sumer is icumen in is possibly the oldest canon in print (circa 1226 a.d.) It was written in Middle English. You can read the original here, followed by a translation into modern English and a lovely YouTube rendition by two girls. Sumer is icumen in Sumer is icumen in, Lhude sing cuccu! Groweth sed and […]
May 18th, 2012
Ooh La! Ooh La! is an animated video by the band They Might Be Giants. It’s about Double Dutch jump roping Double Dutch jump roping is done with two long jump ropes turning inwards at the same time. The phrase Double Dutch is old slang meaning “to talk nonsense”. It may be a coincidence, but […]
May 7th, 2012
The French Song, Alphabet des Scouts (Scouts Alphabet) is perfect to help you learn how to pronounce the names of the letters in French. You can hear it at the link above and read along with the French lyrics. There are also English and Spanish translations of the song. Enjoy! Mama Lisa
January 11th, 2012
I’m currently reading a series of books that takes place in Botswana called The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith. When reading the first book, you quickly come upon the term "Mma" (pronounced "ma") used before a woman’s name and "Rra" (pronounced "ra" with a rolling "r") used before a man’s name. […]
December 10th, 2011
Nyango M. Nambangi sent us this Cameroonian song from her childhood in Africa. It’s a lovely song to sing with children and they can even dance while singing! Like many African songs, it’s a call and response song. In the recording below, Nyango explains how to sing and dance to the song. Then she sings […]
November 28th, 2011
Vivian wrote asking about the song "Moja Numba"…. Hello, I have heard a song called Moja Numba, which I believe is Swahili. It was recorded by M’EarthTones. I contacted them, but even they weren’t able to tell me the origin. I’d like to know what the words are and what they mean. Thank you for […]
Virginia emailed me looking for help with a song about a lonesome China boy or girl. She wrote…. I have been trying to find a song my Aunt used to sing called Lonesome China Girl… Lonesome China boy on a street in old Shanghai Feeling kinda blue, what were they to do , Oh Gee, […]
November 19th, 2011
Roger wrote asking for help. Here’s what he emailed us: Dear Lisa, I am trying to find information about a song which I believe to be Bulgarian. I starts: Todora todorke vecheya la lisi… Obviously I’m not sure about spelling. Do you know it? Thanks for any info, Roger If anyone can help with the […]
November 11th, 2011
Nancy Silverrod, a Librarian, wrote to me about a variation of the rhyme Miss Lucy Had a Baby called Miss Lulu. She was wondering if it has a connection to Susan B. Anthony and her alligator purse! Susan B Anthony was a leader in the women’s suffrage movement. Here’s what Nancy wrote: There are numerous […]
November 3rd, 2011
A teacher in Spain has taken a well-known Spanish kids song called Saco una manita and turned it into a Hello Song. You can hear her version below. After the video you’ll find the Spanish lyrics with an English translation. Enjoy! –Mama Lisa Saco una manita (Buenos días) (Spanish) Saco una manita, La hago bailar, […]
October 17th, 2011
There’s a jump rope rhyme about Lincoln Beachey (1887 – 1915) one of the earliest aviators. He was the first to do many stunts while flying… until one fateful day in 1915 when his plane lost its wings while flying upside-down. He ended up landing in the San Francisco Bay and drowning. Children soon started […]
July 25th, 2011
Have you ever heard of Safety Songs? If you grew up in New York in the 1940’s, like our correspondent Richard Stark, I bet you have. In the New York City school system, teachers would teach them to kids. Richard remembers growing up singing them. The Safety Songs that Richard grew up with were written […]
June 30th, 2011
Here’s a song about helping kids know what to do if they get lost. We believe it was popular in the 1940’s… Remember Your Name and Address Remember your name and address And telephone number, too And if, someday, you lose your way You know just what to do, Walk up to the kind policeman […]
January 23rd, 2011
Sheila wrote from North Carolina asking about a circle dance song: I sang this in kindergarten 55 years ago. I don’t know the correct spelling of these words, but this is what the refrain sounded like… Mumbo, hot-toe, mata relay, relay Mumbo, hot-toe mata relay relay roan. It was a circle dance with one child […]
October 18th, 2010
Here’s a song the kids sing on the bus to and from school… a true Bus Song! And the lyrics are… I know a song that gets on everybody’s nerves… Repeat the line ad infinitum! (Or until you’re thrown off the bus!) Enjoy (or not)! Mama Lisa
July 1st, 2010
“Pizza Pizza Daddy-O” is a cool circle dance game. Below are the lyrics to one version… many exist and you can add your own lines. The kids stand in a circle and one child goes in the middle. The child in the middle is the one whose name they say in the first line of […]
Micki Friedmann Grant wrote: Hey all – anyone know what this song is – I believe it’s a cumulative song, in German, and all I have is the nouns which accumulate! “schwarzer bar,” “blaues meer,” “bucherschrank,” “wasserfall,” “stolzer hahn,” “junger herr,” “eisenbahn,” “fledermaus,” “gummi ball.” I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to find this song again! […]
April 26th, 2010
In Thread the Needle Games, the players stand in two rows across from each other. They hold hands in an arch with the person across from them. Players go under the arch and join the end of the line once they’re through the arch. Sometimes they’re played while singing a song. There are variations on […]
April 2nd, 2010
Monique Palomares, who works with me on the French version of Mama Lisa’s World, wrote the following post about Carnival in Occitania, a region of southern France. Monique speaks Occitan, the language of the troubadours, and has shared many songs in Occitan on Mama Lisa’s World. Carnival in Southern France Carnival in Southern France Carnival […]
Angela Sterling from Lingotot wrote: Found a really cute little French song, perfect for springtime! Les oiseaux tiroulirouli Les oiseaux tiroulirouli Les oiseaux font leurs nids dans les branches Les poissons (pop, pop, pop) Les poissons (pop, pop, pop) Les poissons nagent au fond de l’eau oh, oh oh Here’s an English translation I came […]
March 27th, 2010
Rebecca sent me a song with a question: Umm by the way.. if you happen to know a Girl Scout song on the database that sounds like bagpipes when you sing it in a round… could you let me know? I’ve been looking for it for a long time but I can’t for the life […]
January 28th, 2010
Nyango Melissa, originally from Cameroon, recently sent me these songs with a recording. Here’s what she wrote with the mp3 of the songs… Just thought of these the other day. The clock/time songs sound a lot like they’re of British origin: MP3 of Tick Tock Songs 1) Tick, says the clock, tick, tick, What you […]
January 7th, 2010
I received an email by Cay from the Girl Scouts about International World Thinking Day. She’s looking for information about childhood life in Uruguay. I have gotten this type of request for information in the past for this event. I welcome you to post questions and answers in the comments below. Hopefully we can get […]
October 26th, 2009
I woke up this morning with a cup of coffee and by listening to “Good Morning to You” in English, French and some African languages on my computer. What a wonderful way to wake up! The recording was done by recording a phone call over the internet. Thanks to Nyango Melissa for calling and singing […]
October 23rd, 2009
I was recently asked for a Goodbye Song in French. While looking for a song I found out that some French school teachers use the French version of Auld Lang Syne, “Ce n’est qu’un au revoir”, as a Goodbye Song. It’s a Scout song that’s also called “Le chant des adieux”. When teachers use it […]
June 8th, 2009
Hello songs are a wonderful way to help children who are learning a foreign language. It’s also nice for children to always sing the same song at the beginning of a class. Hello songs are great for this. The song below is called “Bonjour”. It’s a French hello song written and sung by Alain Le […]
April 21st, 2009
Emanuela wrote to me asking about an Afrikaans song: Hello Lisa, I’m looking for the full lyrics to the little tune “Ek borsel my tande…” I’ve been singing it to my niece to encourage her to brush her little teeth, but I only know I tiny part of it. I’m wondering whether you might know […]
December 13th, 2008
Elle Fitzgerald sings in this wonderful winter animation!
August 20th, 2008
People often write me looking for songs about the four seasons, from around the world. Here are some! The links below take you to the different pages on Mama Lisa’s World of International Childrens Songs. There, you’ll find the lyrics in the original languages, with English translations. Songs about Winter Yuki (Snow) – Japanese A, […]
May 28th, 2008
Kishan emailed me requesting a poem about cleanliness. Here are some rhymes and poems I found that are generally about cleanliness, keeping clean or washing up… First, here’s a traditional nursery rhyme that mentions having a clean face: The Clock There’s a neat little clock, In the schoolroom it stands, And it points to the […]
January 15th, 2008
This month I’ve been asked a couple of times for French and Spanish translations of Make New Friends. In one case, it was for Girl Scouts for World Thinking Day. The troop wanted to sing Make New Friends in Spanish to represent Mexico. In another case, a Brownie troop wanted to sing make new friends […]
May 20th, 2007
Jenny wrote: Dear Mamma Lisa, I am looking for a song called Bundawa. I am not sure if I have the spelling right. It is a campfire song from my friend’s Girl Scout days more than 20 years ago. This is part of it, but there are more verses we can’t remember: Bundawa Chorus: Bundawa, […]
April 15th, 2007
Here’s a nice Peruvian children’s song about the Spring in Spanish followed by an English translation… La primavera La primavera Cantan, cantan por los campos, Primavera llega ya. Por los campos viene riendo jaja Riendo jajajaja Primavera Los campos florecen Las aves aparecen Sale el sol Todo es amor Llegó la primavera Vestida de flores […]
February 13th, 2007
The ABC Phonics Parade is my first foray into the world of animation! We recorded Ms. Lupton’s kindergarten class singing an ABC Phonics Song. Ms. Lupton made up the song herself, to teach the children the sounds of each letter of the alphabet. The kids then drew pictures to go with each letter. When you […]
February 10th, 2007
Anne-Marie wrote: Hello, My name is Anna-Marie. I am going to participate in a mission trip to the Dominican, and I was planning to bring some skipping ropes. Do you know any songs in Spanish that would go well with this activity? It’s for 5-7 year olds. Thanks, Anna-Marie If anyone can help out with […]
January 24th, 2007
Larraine wrote to me looking for Scouting Campfire Songs from around the world. Here’s what she wrote, followed by my response with some suggested songs and sites to go to for help: Dear Mama Lisa, It has been suggested that I contact you with my request. I am the sketch producer of “The Live Wyre […]
January 23rd, 2007
On Friday, I was asked for the lyrics to some Hello and Goodbye songs. My sister-in-law Dale read the post and offered to sing some songs that she used to sing to her preschool classes. Here are two Hello Songs and one Goodbye Song: Here We Are Together Here we are together, together, together, Here […]
January 19th, 2007
Someone named Lisa wrote to me: Hello I’m looking for suggestions on hello and goodbye songs for a playgroup/music class I’m creating for my friends and family. Thought it would be great to begin and end a session properly. I’d like them in English for this project. Happy New Year! Lisa At our library, they […]
June 26th, 2006
David Solomons has shared many of his songs with Mama Lisa’s World. He’s just posted a piece of music by the Italian composer Michele Pesenti, who lived during the Renaissance. The song involves a crane (bird). David has asked me whether anyone can provide further background on the symbolism of cranes, particularly in Europe. David […]
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