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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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Paul Simon’s song April Come She Will seems to be loosely based around the rhyme The Cuckoo and an English ballad called Cuckoo Song.  You can read both below… The Cuckoo In April, Come he will. In May, He sings all day. ...
We received these three Romanian songs by Eva Partin. Would anyone be able to help translate any of them? We’d greatly appreciate any help! Vine, vine primavara! Vine, vine primavara! Se asterne-n toata tara! Floricele pe cimpii, Hai sa le-adunam copii! Tralalalalalalalala! Tralalalalalalalala! Floricele pe cimpii, Hai sa le-adunam copii! Creste, creste iarba verde, Ciocirlia n-or se pierde, Haideti s-ascultam copii, Al ei cintec din cimpii! Tralalalalalalalala! Tralalalalalalalala! Haideti...
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Here’s an alternate version of the traditional song Daisy, Daisy, sent to me by Bretta Gerhard… Daisy, Daisy Daisy, Daisy, Give me your answer due. I’m half crazy, All for the love of you. It won’t be a stylish marriage. I can’t afford a carriage. But you’ll look sweet, Upon the seat, Of a bicycle built for two. Michael, Michael, I’ll give you my answer true I’m not...
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My daughter and her friends Marisa and Melisa taught me this Halloween song, which seems to be traditional American. It’s called Ghost of John. Below are the lyrics and two renditions, one by Marisa and one by Melisa, plus a drawing by Melisa. But first, here’s Marisa announcing it with a Halloween song about...
This is a protest song and it is traditionally sung at funerals. It was important during the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa. Senzenina means “What have we done” with the implication “what did we do to deserve this?” (Also spelled “senzeni na”.) Here you can see the original lyrics, with an English translation...
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