Can Anyone Help with a Song with the Line, “Summer Has Come from the Sunny Lands”?

Geri wrote looking for help with a childhood song from England:

As a child in the UK (England) we used to sing a song at school (infant or juniors) that I thought started like this:

Summer has come from the sunny lands,
Summer is here again,
Bringing the birdies (not sure of this line)
In every woodland lane
Chirruping, chirruping high and low.

*****

That is all I can remember.

This song has haunted me for years and I am now 65, it would be an old song from the late 40’s to the 50’s. I have searched and searched but found nothing I am not sure I have all the word’s down correctly but it does go something like that.

Can anyone help me please.

Thank you.

Geri

If anyone can help with this song, please let us know in the comments below.

Thanks in advance!

Mama Lisa

UPDATE: We received some lyrics to this song in the comments below along with the notes so we could create a midi tune of Summer has come from the sunny lands. Thanks to Christopher Hall for the notes and Monique Palomares of the French and Spanish version of Mama Lisa’s World for creating the midi!

Now you can also hear an mp3 of Sunny has come from the sunny land as played on the piano by Julie Newcombe. Thanks Julie!

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86 Responses to “Can Anyone Help with a Song with the Line, “Summer Has Come from the Sunny Lands”?”

  1. Jenny Cole Says:

    We sang this at my infants school – Elson – in Gosport, Hampshire in the 1950s. For some reason, it just popped into my mind this morning! The missing words are: Bringing the birdies to sing their song. For the last line, I used to sing In every wood and lane (but that’s probably because I couldn’t read or write at that stage, and was just singing what I thought I’d heard the teacher say.

  2. Elaine Whiteley Says:

    Yes! I looked on here in search of this song- my grandmother used to sing it when I was young- I’m in my 50’s now- and yes, it is haunting, far more so than the words would make it seem, with a simple clear tune, like bells. I remember only:

    Summer has come to the sunny lands
    Summer is here again
    Bringing her birdies to sing their songs
    In every wood and lane

    Say, little birdies, if you can tell
    Who taught you the way to fly…..

    I didn’t have the chirruping high chirruping low line. “From” rather than “to” the sunny lands makes a lot more sense. I seem to remember the birdies went on to say that it was God who taught them the way to fly; it was almost like a childs hymn. I felt it was quite old even when I was hearing it in the fifties and sixties, but that might just have been my own youth.

    I am so glad I looked on here tonight; I have looked for it before without finding it; I was beginning to think I might be the last person in the world to have heard that song!

  3. Pamela Temple Says:

    I adored this song and as a young child used to sing it at South Norwood Infants/Junior School in the late 1950s. Its sweet little melody has always stayed with me and I often find myself humming it to myself. I tend to associate it particularly with Easter and I think that’s why it came to mind this week and prompted me to search the net again. I was so pleased to find this site.

    Like all of you, I can only remember a few lines. I’ve searched the Internet numerous times in the past hoping to find some lyrics … but without success.

    However, I was chatting to my sister Mary on the phone today and mentioned that I’d been searching for this elusive song, and to my surprise she told me that she knew it and that it’s actually a hymn (just as Elaine thought). Unfortunately Mary couldn’t remember all the words, but she certainly knew more than me! So ladies, here are a few more pieces to the jigsaw for you:

    Summer has come from the sunny lands,
    Summer is here again,
    Bringing the birdies to sing their songs
    In every wood and lane.

    Chirruping, chirruping, loud and sweet,
    High in the rocking tree,
    Dear little birdies I think you sing
    Your prettiest songs to me.

    We have a Father, the birdies said,
    Loving and kind and true,
    He who has taught us the way to sing,
    Will care for His children too.

    … Mary thinks there may be a third verse but she can’t remember it.

    She also thought there must be books containing hymns for primary schools somewhere, and that it might be worth contacting antiquarian bookshops, old primary schools or Foyles for books published in the 40s and 50s.

    Hope this helps a bit.

  4. Kirsten Burrell Says:

    Oh, I’m so pleased to have found this site. I’ve been looking for the rest of the words to this hymn for years. We sang it at primary school in the early 70s but all I could remember were the first two lines and ‘Bringing the…’ from the third. Asking other people drew a blank and many puzzled looks and I’ve tried numerous other forums and websites, to no avail, so thank you!

  5. Liz Says:

    I too have had this song on my mind since my infant school days and tried to find it so many times. I know the first & last verse, but not the middle ones, although it is about a child asking a “birdie” where they come from & how they learnt to fly & sing. I thought one verse began:

    ” Tell me dear Birdie I long to know ” (then something such as ” …where do you go when it’s cold in Winter) and ” who taught you the way to fly?”

    The first verse as already : then the middle ones ask where the birds go in Winter and how they learn to fly…….

    ..last verse is;

    “Thank you dear Birdie for telling me
    I am so glad to know
    Now when I’m asked I can always say
    A little bird told me so “

  6. Derek Walmsley Says:

    The song appeared in “Child Songs Volume 1″ edited by Carey Bonner and published by the Sunday School Union in 1908.

    Words are by Florence Hoatson and Music by Hermann von Muller.

    If anyone would like a copy of the words and music and can’t hunt down a copy of this book, I will be only too pleased to oblige.

    (E-mail derek.walmsley@virgin.net)

  7. Sharon Says:

    This is how I remember it. It was in infant school so I was about four or five, in Mumbles Junior School, Wales.
    I loved it very much and used to sing it to my family.
    It pops into my mind every so often, especially when I am travelling with my own family now, on long car journeys. For some strange reason when I was little, everyone sang it with their noses blocked! I think they were trying to sound like the chipmunks! (or maybe they were copying my baby voice!)

    Summer has come from the sunny land,
    Summer is here again,
    Bringing the birdies to sing a song,
    In every wood and lane.

    Chiruping, chirruping loud and sweet,
    High in the rocking tree,
    Dear little birdies I think you sing,
    The prettiest songs to me.

    Tell me dear birdies I’d like to know
    who was it taught you to sing?
    Who was it taught you the way to fly.
    and gave you each tiny wing?

    The dear Lord above us all,
    Loving and kind and true,
    Twas he who has taught us the way to sing
    and taught us the way to fly too

    Thank you dear birdies for telling me,
    I am so glad to know,
    Now if my friends ask me, I can say,
    A little bird told me so!

  8. Dianne Coombes Says:

    This site is brilliant.
    I have always wondered about the words for this song for a very long time.
    I must keep this as a favourite and thanks for the words, i will sleep easier now.
    I first heard this either Caerau infants school Cardiff

  9. Dianne Coombes Says:

    I am looking for the English version to a French children’s song i heard many moons ago.
    I only know part of the 1st line, which goes
    I look from out my window, the river running by, cannot remember the rest.

  10. Lisa Says:

    Could you provide any more clues -who was singing i.e. male, female, choir, children… and if she know any of the French words or if you could tell what the song was about, maybe it’d help.

  11. Sandra Says:

    I have always remembered this song from when I was a little girl at Dean Field Junior School in Halifax. I always find myself singing it on lovely warm sunny days when all the leaves are on the trees. I loved it then and I love it now. I only remembered the first two verses, but clearly remember the melody. So pleased that other folks also loved this song.

  12. Lisa Says:

    I’ve never heard this song sung… if you’d ever like to sing it for me and send a recording… that’d be great!

    Cheers!

    Mama Lisa

  13. Carolyn Banham Says:

    I too have been wondering about the song of the summer and the birdies for years! We used to sing it at Southcoates Lane Infants School in Hull in the early 60’s. The tune and the first line only have been with me for years – it’s something I hum often! I’m so glad I googled just on the off chance. I know I used to love singing it out loud and heartily! Hope I was in tune!
    Thanks all of you! Most grateful!

  14. Gillian Says:

    Nice to see Geri remembered the same song that I use to sing at Esh Winning Primary School near Durham in the 1950s and also thanks to Sharon for all those lyrics.

  15. Judy Hibbert Says:

    We sang it in Sunday School St Pauls Monton /Eccles Manchester 1963/64.(I’m now 54) I’ ve just googled the first line as I couldn’t get it out of my head for some reason! Glad I found this site.

  16. Christopher Hall Says:

    Dear Friends,

    I sang this song in my infants’ school (Bishop Road, Bristol) over 50 years ago and was actually selected to sing the bird’s solo part (v4)! I don’t think any of the contributors has yet got it completely right, so here goes my attempt!

    Summer has come from the sunny land,
    Summer is here again;
    Bringing the birdies to sing their songs
    In every wood and lane.

    Chirruping, chirruping loud and sweet
    High in a rocking tree;
    Dear little birdies I think you sing
    Your pettiest song for me.

    But I should very much like to know
    How did you learn to sing?
    Who was it taught you the way to fly
    And gave you each tiny wing?

    “We have a Father,” the birdies said,
    “Loving and kind and true;
    “He who has taught us to sing and fly
    “Will think of the children too.”

    Thank you, dear birdies, for telling me;
    I am so glad to know.
    Now, when I’m asked, I can always say,
    “A little bird told me so!”

    The tune, for those who are unfamiliar, is in waltz time with notes as follows (each note value one beat unless stated in brackets):

    (Top)C A F (bottom)C F G A(2) (top)C C(3)
    C A F C(2) A G(6)
    C A F C F G A(2) C C(2)
    C C A F C(2) A F(6)

    May the Father who taught the birds to sing their sweetest songs for you fill you with His grace, truth and everlasting love.

  17. Sharon Ciliberto Says:

    The first two lines of the music is correct but the second two lines are slightly different. I love this song too. I am looking for a song with the lines,
    Once upon a time, long ago, long ago
    Old Mr.Noah took his wife by the hand
    Saying, ‘Come my dears, come away come away
    Come away and leave this land,
    Call your sons, call your daughters,
    Call the animals to the ark,
    See the clouds are gathering, gathering
    Now the sky is growing dark…
    .I remember more but it is disjointed. Would love to hear if anyone knows it.

  18. Chris Newman Says:

    This song evokes many many happy childhood memories whilst at St Erth C.P. School from 1969 – 1976. My everlasting and true dear friend, Sharon Matthews (now Ciliberto) sang this song together, cross-legged on the parquet floor at primary school, with Mrs Lever / Miss Ferguson (who always selled of copydex). If anyone out there has a musical rendition, then please post it for both of us to enjoy and remenisce. Thank you

  19. Emma Akielan Says:

    I am also looking for the rest of the words to ” Old Mr Noah” I do remember…” The rain came down steadily steadily with all the animals safe below” I sang at it at Newnham Croft school in Cambridge, I wish I could remember the teachers name.

  20. Sharon Ciliberto Says:

    We heard it at St.Erth CP School in Cornwall, Emma. I loved it but have never come across it again. I am now music coordinator at a primary school and would love to get my children singing it.

  21. Julie Newcombe Says:

    Hi…I sang Summer Has Come at primary school too. My sister just reminded me and sent me the link to this site and now I can’t get it out of my head. So I’ve recorded it as an mp3 file using Christopher Hall’s version of the lyrics above. If you want a copy, just email me at julie@sealpointsongs.co.uk. Hope this is ok Christopher….Will be happy to oblige. Am assuming it is now out of copyright and in the public domain, but if anyone knows differently, please let me know. Cheers!

  22. Pippa Sibbald Says:

    Thanks Julie (my big sis). Derek above kindly sent the sheet music so now we can confirm the full words too.

    This song was my favourite at Fir Tree CP School (which sadly closed last year). I was in Marco (Pierre) White’s class right through school. Wonder if he remembers the song too!

    Strongly recommend anyone who enjoys this song to download Julie’s music as it’s really lovely.

    Pippa xxx

  23. Julie Newcombe Says:

    Ooops….just to clarify…the recording is only the accompaniment, for you to sing along to! Thanks!

  24. David Knight Says:

    I too remember singing this song at infant school in the early 1970s. I also have an audio recording of myself as a small child singing the song – it was a great thing in our house when my uncle came round with his reel-to-reel tape recorder and I still have the recording although I have not listened to it for 35 years.

  25. Lisa Says:

    If you’d like to send your recording – I can post it!

  26. David Knight Says:

    It’s still on a 1970s tape reel that I have no means of playing, but when I get around to it I’ll have it transferred to a 21st centrury medium then it can be posted.

  27. Lisa Says:

    Can’t wait to hear it!

  28. Grahame Says:

    Suddenly found myself singing ‘Summer has come’ and was delighted to find this site with the 5 verses above as I remember. We used to sing it at The Meadows in Northfield Birmingham in the late ’50s. Wonderful! I remember my kid brother used to have a toy car that he called ‘Kind and true’ that he took from this song.

  29. karin musson Says:

    i used to sing this song at westmoreland road school newcastle upon tyne it brings back my childhood i always sing it on a lovely sunny day it cheers me up

  30. Chandrika Panchal Says:

    I was taught this song at SouthFields Primary school in Coventry by Miss Finnett the Nursery Teacher. I still remember the words and sing it often. I’m glad I’m not alone and there are so many others who recall this song too.

  31. Sue Knight Says:

    I googled the first two lines of this and came upon this site.
    I didn’t think I remembered it all but it just came to me when I typed it. It seems quite correct but I may have got a word or two wrong, but I think this is how it goes:

    Once upon a time long ago, long ago
    Old Mr Noah took his wife by the hand
    Saying, ‘Come my dear, come away,
    Come away and leave this land.
    Call your sons, call your daughters
    Call the animals to the Ark
    See the clouds are gathering, gathering
    Now the sky is growing dark’.

    The windows of Heaven opened, opened
    The rain came down the wind did blow
    The Ark she lifted gently, gently
    With all the animals safe below.
    The waters rose steadily, steadily
    Deeper and deeper flowing by
    And old man Noah stood listening, listening
    For the voice of God on high.

    At last the rain stopped pattering, pattering
    A great wind rose, the Earth to dry
    A little dove went a fluttering, fluttering
    Softly up into the sky.
    ‘Fare thee well, little dove, little dove
    Fare thee well the Lord keep thee’
    And soon she came back carying, carrying
    A silver leaf from an olive tree.

    Then the Lord remembered Noah
    With the creatures in His care
    And He drained the Earth of water
    Set the Ark on a mountain bare.
    Praise the Lord sons and daughters
    Praise the Lord for He is good
    Praise the Lord… for He has saved us (you?)
    From the terrors of the flood.

  32. Sue Knight Says:

    OOps…
    3rd line, verse 1, should read:

    ‘Saying, ‘Come my dear, come away, come away…’

  33. Nigel Wilding Says:

    I have been going through my late mother in laws estate as she was a teacher all her life & a good music teacher & seeing your notes on the missing song i’m sending this to inform you I have a the original song book vol 1 by Carey & bonner which includes the song & music you remember. feel free to contact me on my email address.

  34. John Parry Says:

    I also remember singing it at Primary School, in the days when each classroom had a piano, and it was one of the qualifications that teachers could play. We used to sing “The spring is coming, resolved to banish, the King of the Ice with his turbulent train” in the appropriate season too.

    I remember a cold, wet winters day when one of the girls in the class said to the teacher, “Oh please Miss, can’t we sing ‘Summer has come’ – I’m so fed up of winter”. And the teacher agreed and started to play it. Halfway through the song we started to turn around. Outside in the corridor were all the children from the adjacent classrooms, with their teachers, all singing it as well. Lovely

  35. lesley watmore Says:

    i am so delighted to at last have found the words to “summer has come”. I still hum it to myself just as as others have said. We sang it at our Primary school in Orpington, Kent around 1955-1960 and i remember many times singing it with my sister in our car on the way to Cornwall for our holiday. Does anyone remember “little bird i have heard what a merry song you sing……? Both songs bring back happy memories of summer days .

  36. Sarah Says:

    Thanks all, this has been puzzling me for ages, but now I can sing it again with happy memories.

  37. Derrick Jackson Says:

    HI
    can i jet copy of the mysic or mp3 for the song ”

    ” Once upon a time long ago, long ago
    Old Mr Noah took his wife by the hand
    Saying, ‘Come my dear, come away,
    Come away and leave this land.
    Call your sons, call your daughters
    Call the animals to the Ark
    See the clouds are gathering, gathering
    Now the sky is growing dark’.

    The windows of Heaven opened, opened
    The rain came down the wind did blow
    The Ark she lifted gently, gently
    With all the animals safe below.
    The waters rose steadily, steadily
    Deeper and deeper flowing by
    And old man Noah stood listening, listening
    For the voice of God on high.

    At last the rain stopped pattering, pattering
    A great wind rose, the Earth to dry
    A little dove went a fluttering, fluttering
    Softly up into the sky.
    ‘Fare thee well, little dove, little dove
    Fare thee well the Lord keep thee’
    And soon she came back carying, carrying
    A silver leaf from an olive tree.

    Then the Lord remembered Noah
    With the creatures in His care
    And He drained the Earth of water
    Set the Ark on a mountain bare.
    Praise the Lord sons and daughters
    Praise the Lord for He is good
    Praise the Lord… for He has saved us (you?)
    From the terrors of the flood”

  38. Ashley Fearon Says:

    ‘The Sun Has Come From The Sunny Lands’ is a childhood song that has never gone away and has doggedly stuck in my mind for many years. I attended Branfil Infants School, Upminster, Essex in the early 1960’s and cannot begin to put into words how thrilled I was to stumble across this website. To read the many people all over the UK who,like me, were touched by this simple but beguiling melody is such a revelation. My years at Branfil school were very happy and the whole school used to sing this song whilst sat crossed- legged on the hall floor accompanied by the archetypal school piano. Bliss!

  39. Elizabeth Weir Says:

    Summer Has Come From The Sunny Land

    I first heard this at primary school here in Glasgow Scotland in the 1960’s. To this day I remember most of the words. Thank you for reminding me of them all. It brought back memories of spring Term going into Summer term. I am a primary teacher myself now and each year I try to get my class to sing this song and they all love it as much as I did when I was their age.

  40. Lisa Says:

    That’s neat Elizabeth! If you’d ever like to record your class singing this song, I’d be happy to post a recording.

    Thanks for sharing everyone!

    Mama Lisa

  41. Arline Says:

    Summer has come from the Sunny Land.
    There was one line from this I couldn’t remember, and thanks to your page, I have found it.
    Am I the oldest recaller of this song. I sang it in 1941 in Balaam Street School in Plaistow, East End of London.

  42. Amy Bruch Says:

    I am wondering if Sharon Ciliberto ever got a reply about the Noah song? I am searching for the very same one…that is, a recording of it:)

    ONCE UPON A TIME….LONG AGO, LONG AGO…
    OLD MR. NOAH TOOK HIS WIFE BY THE HAND… SAYING,
    “COME, MY DEAR…COME AWAY, COME AWAY….
    COME AWAY AND LEAVE THIS LAND.”

    CALL YOUR SONS…CALL YOUR DAUGHTERS,
    CALL THE ANIMALS TOOOOO THE ARC.
    SEE THE CLOUDS ARE GATHERING, GATHERING….
    NOW THE SKY IS GROWING DARK….

  43. Amy Bruch Says:

    I am wondering if Sharon Ciliberto ever got a reply about the Noah song? I am searching for the very same one…that is, a recording of it:)

    ONCE UPON A TIME….LONG AGO, LONG AGO…

  44. Sue Knight Says:

    Hey, Amy, if you look back about 10 posts you’ll see that I provided all the words for Mr Noah.
    I don’t know if there’s a recording but I could sing it for you, if you’d like! ;)

  45. Lisa Says:

    That would be great if you could sing this for us Sue! Then we could also make a score. We have a phone number where you can sing a song on a recording machine if you’re interested. Or we can post mp3 recordings.

  46. Anita K Says:

    On this glorious Easter, I was sitting in my garden enjoying the sun and the birdsong and I thought yet again of this song. We sang it at Whipton Barton Infants in Exeter in the early 60’s. I remember the lines;
    Summer has come from the sunny lands, Summer is here again, bringing the birdies to sing their song, in every woodland glen.
    Chirruping chirrupping high and low, how did you learn to sing, who was it gave you that lovely voice, and made you those tiny wings.

    Then came the religious bit, but i couldn’t remember it.
    So I have just googled it and found this site! Wonderful!
    I shall relearn it properly.
    It holds such lovely memories because of my age, innocence, and the fact we always began singing it going into the Summer term.
    Fabulous times!
    Thanks everyone!
    Anita

  47. Philip Says:

    “Summer has come” has been going round in my mind too recently. We sang it at St Annes infants school Bristol in the late ’40s. At that time I thought it was “summer has come from the Sunday land” (pronounced “sun-dee”!). Thanks everyone for the memories and the words!

  48. carolann Says:

    If you try the Methodist school hymnbook then there you will find this and a host of other nice songs/hymns

  49. Alan Beardsmore Says:

    I remember this hymn. Circa 1952; sunny Summer days, smell of roses in the school hall in dudley, West Midlands. Tune is still in my head. I’m 65 next March!

  50. STEVE HIGGINS Says:

    THANKS GUYS!

    “Once upon a time Long ago , Long age”:

    I learnt this song in school in Jamaica, and my sister called this morning to get the lyrics for Sunday school, where she teaches. I recall most of the words, and will refine as I check with some of my okld class mates in Jamaica.
    Once I have done, this , i will record it!

  51. Fiona Says:

    We used to sing Summer Has Come at Kells Lane Infants School in Gateshead in the early 70’s. I could only remember the first couple of lines so a big thanks to everyone for the lyrics. It is amazing how many of us have been after the lyrics for decades!

  52. Val Taylor Says:

    All the versions above seem slightly different. Here’s the one I remember from Derby St Primary back in the 60’s and yes – I too love this old song. I happen to have a pretty strong memory for lyrics so have managed to retain this song over the years. I’m happy I will be able to teach it to my grandkids one day.

    Summer has come from the sunny land
    Summer is here again
    Bringing her birdies to sing their songs
    In every wood and lane

    Chirruping Chirruping loud and sweet
    How did you learn to sing?
    Who was it taught you the way to fly
    And gave you each tiny wing?

    We have a Father a birdie said
    Loving and kind and true
    He who has taught us the way to live
    Now tell other children too

    Thank you dear birdie for telling me
    I am so glad to know
    Now when I’m asked I can always say
    A little bird told me so.

  53. Paul Calvert Says:

    Thanks everyone! This little hymn is one of the very first I learnt at primary school in the early 1960’s in Hockley, Essex. It’s great to have all the verses again after such a long time. Another was, “Praise Him praise Him, all the little children”!

  54. Rosemary Grant Says:

    I am so glad I found this link I sand ol Mr Noah in school at a festival andour class won the trophy. I sang it to my children and now my grandchildren, but alas i could not remember the last 2 verses thanks sooo much. I cant stop singing it now.

    R Grant

  55. Beverley Says:

    So glad to have found this link ,I too have always remembered and loved this litle tune from infant school 52 years ago ,also Praise Him……lovely memories,thankyou

  56. Sallie Taylor Says:

    I am trying to find a choir on you tube singing my school song Glad Hearts Adventuring .This was also the Girl Guide Hymn .
    Thank you for your help.
    Sallie from North Carolina.

  57. Sallie Taylor Says:

    My twin sister and I loved Summer Has come…

  58. Penny Watkins Says:

    The version that I was taught in the mid 50’s was the same from both Newcastle where my father was born and the Vale of Evesham where my mother was born. It is slightly different the the other versions printed.

    Summer has come from the sunny land
    Summer is here again
    Bringing its birdies to sing their songs
    In every wood and lane

    Chirruping chirruping loud and sweet
    High in the rocking trees
    Dear little birdies I think you sing
    The prettiest songs for me

    But I should very much like to know
    How did you learn to sing
    Who was it taught you the way to fly
    And gave you each tiny wing

    We have a father the birdie said
    Who is loving , kind and true
    It was he who has taught us the way to fly
    And bring these songs to you

    Thank you dear birdie for telling me
    I am so proud to know
    Now when I’m asked I can always say
    A little bird told me so

  59. Barb Esmond Says:

    I used to attend a Methodist School in York, England in the early 1950’s. I remember really liking the song “Little Lamb Who Made Thee” but cannot find anywhere the music that the song was set to. I have learned that there are many renditions out there but none I have found is the music that I remember. Any suggestions on how to find it? I now live in the US.

  60. Heather Tate Says:

    I too have sung ‘Summer has come” over the years since we learned it at Love Lane Primary School Rayleigh, Essex…love that song…loved Primary school, too always following the seasons with our posters and nature tables :) Barb Esmond i have long had the same problem with the original tune to “oh Little Town of Bethlehem” no-one sings it to the tune i remember as a child.
    Thanks MamaLisa for getting the ball rolling and sharing ur site.

  61. Tony Cutress Says:

    I have been wondering for a long time about “Summer has come……..” & it was in my mind tonight so I googled the first line & it led me to this sight – thank you all – I am 76 & a bit & we used to sing it in the ‘Wincheap street primary school Canterbury; in 1940’s before the school was bombed out in the devastation of the Canterbury blitz later when I lost quite a few friends then, devastating when you are only 5ish. Thank you once again everybody from an ‘oldie’…….

  62. Michael Enright Says:

    Sue Knight’s recollection of “Old Mr Noah” is almost word-perfect. The last word of the penultimate line is, as she correctly writes, “you”. I sang this song as a member of the boys’ choir of The Park Grammar School, Swindon, in 1963, and have never forgotten the words or the tune.
    Thanks for the memory, Sue!

  63. Pippa Sibbald Says:

    Thanks to this web-site, my sister Julie Newcombe and Derek Walmsley for helping me locate the songbook, I now teach my Pre-school children ‘Summer has come from the Sunny lands’ every summer and they love it. So nice to hear sung again!

  64. Joyce Lawson Says:

    I am so glad I have found this web site, The words of Summer has come to the Sunny Lands brought such happy memories back from schooldays at Rhodes Infant School, Middleton….Thanks ever so much I could not remember the words but now I have been singing it…..Thanks

  65. Jackie Says:

    My mother used to sing a slightly different version

    Summer has come from the sunny lands
    Summer is here again
    Bringing her birdies to laugh and sing
    And think of the children too

    Once a while walking a bird I spied high in the apple tree
    chirruping chirruping loud and sweet a pretty song for me

    Dear little birdie I asked of him
    Who ho was taught you to laugh and sing and think of the children too

    We have a father the birdie said loving and kind and good he who hath taught us to laugh and sing and think of the children too

    Thank you dear birdie for telling me
    Now when I’m asked I can always say a little bird told me so

  66. Helen Firth Says:

    Thank you for , “Summer has come. ” I never realised it was a hymn by Florence Hoatson. She also wrote,
    ” Hands together, softly so,
    Little eyes shut tight.
    Father , just before we go,
    Hear our prayer tonight”.
    Does anyone remember that one?

  67. Sheila Says:

    Thank you so much for the words of this little song “summer has come from the sunny land”! I’ve been wondering for years what they were and nobody seemed to have heard of it. I used to say, “chirrupy, chirrupy loud and sweet,” but maybe I misheard the teacher (Cumberland, 1950s).

    Has anyone heard of a little poem that starts, “wheat is a sturdy soldier”?

  68. Quentin Bellamy Says:

    Here’s a recording of Summer has come from the sunny land on Virtual Theatre Organ. Enjoy. It has the words also so you can join in….

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-QHLI3_53M&feature=youtu.be

  69. Gail Barlow Says:

    I found this site while searching online for a copy of Child Songs by Carey Bonner. What a trip down memory lane to my schooldays at Wellgate Primary, Rotherham in the 1950s. I sang and loved both ‘Summer has come from the sunny lands’ and ‘Hands together, softly so’. Does anyone remember the following?
    Thank you for the world so sweet
    Thank you for the food we eat
    Thank you for the birds that sing
    Thank you, God, for everything
    I think we usually sang it at the end of morning school, as a form of grace before lunch!

  70. Edwina Rigby Says:

    This is how I was taught it and sang it to my children:

    Summer has come from the sunny land
    Summer is here to stay
    Bringing its birdies to sing their songs
    In every wood and lane

    Tell me dear birdie I’d like to know
    Who was it taught you to sing
    Who was it taught you the way to fly
    And gave you each tiny wing

    We have a father the birdie said
    Loving and kind and true
    Tis he who has taught us the way to fly
    He’ll think of the children too

    Thank you dear birdie for telling me
    I am so glad to know
    Now when I’m asked I can always say
    A little bird told me so.

  71. Pippa Sibbald Says:

    I have a copy of the original hymn book with the copy of the words and music in it (thanks to Derek Walmsley – see earlier post above May 2009). The second verse is missing in the above words. If you look at Christopher Hall’s post Jan 2010, the full words are there as per the original Carey Bonner hymn book.

  72. Edwina Rigby Says:

    How wonderful to see all the words to this song that I sang at 4 years old in school, but particularly reminds me of my mother, who used to sing it with me.
    Early Sunday School songs seem to stay in the back of ones memory. Anyone sing this one:

    Glad that I live am I
    That the sky is blue
    Glad for the country lanes and the fall of dew
    After the sun the rain
    After the rain the sun
    This is the way of life till the work be done
    All we that live and breathe
    Be we low or high
    Is to see that we grow nearer the sky.

  73. Charlotte Says:

    Yes, Edwina, I did!! :-)
    I remember singing both ‘Summer has come…’ and ‘Glad that I live am I’ (I remember singing ‘this is the way of life since the earth begun’…but i’ve no idea if I was right!!)- both of these songs affect me amazingly strongly even to this day (sung them at infant school in the late 1970s, Thames Ditton, Surrey). What inspired song and melody writers these people were that they left such an impression on all of us!!….

  74. albert russon Says:

    I went to Holly Hall infants school, dudley,and we sang this song in1937 when i was 5yrs. old. i believe there were three verses but am not sure of the third one.

    Summer has come from the sunny land,
    summer is here again,
    bringing its birdies to sing their song,
    in every wood and lane.

    We have a father the birdies said,
    loving and kind and true.
    he who has taught us the way to fly
    will think of the children too.

    I believe the other verse starts “chirrupe,chirrupe, loud and clear,high in a rocking tree, but can’t be sure. Best wishes, Albert.

  75. Sally O'Brien Says:

    I remember singing these songs at Stag Lane Primary School 1960’s, I did not like the music teacher, but loved singing the songs especially The Noah Song

  76. Zizi Says:

    This was my favourite song as a child. I loved the idea of a little bird talking to me.
    The words I remember are:

    Summer has come from the sunny lands
    Summer is here again
    Bringing the birdies to sing their song
    In every wood & lane

    Chirruping, chirruping loud & sweet
    High in the rocking tree
    Dear little birdies I think you sing
    The prettiest song for me

    But I should very much like to know
    How did you learn to sing?
    Who was it taught you the way to fly
    And gave you each tiny wing?

    We have a father the birdies sang
    Loving & kind & true
    He who has taught us to sing & fly
    He cares for his children too

    Thank you dear birdies for telling me
    I am so glad to know
    Now when I’m asked I can always say
    A little bird told me so….

  77. Eliza Says:

    Another song we used to sing in the fifties:
    Picking up pawpaws, put them in the basket,
    Picking up pawpaws, put them in the basket,
    Picking up pawpaws, put them in the basket,
    Way down yonder in the pawpaw patch.

    I can’t remember any more verses but we had to mime the actions.

    Also:
    Little bird, I have heard,
    What a merry song you sing.
    Soaring high to the sky
    On your tiny wing.
    Jesus little ones are we
    And he loves us you and me …

    Can’t remember the rest, sadly.

  78. sunny Says:

    Hi, I have searched for this song for many years,perhaps someone here can help? I know every word but cannot get music to it. It was called Spring Breezes and was in a primary school songbook the music was supposedly by tchaikovsky (sp?) to an old folk song (possibly hungarian).
    Spring winds are blowing, Green leaves are growing, Clusters of buds are tossed on the wind. Dark streams are splashing, bounding and dashing, seaward they make their way.
    :Listen my mournful heart and be still, soon dies the sound of horns on the hill. Thrushes are calling, white petals falling, sorrow is sweet today:
    The bit between the colons was repeated.
    the 1970’s songbook it was in had another song called The Molecatcher which started
    A molecatcher I
    for that is my trade…
    I would love to have a copy of the music and lyrics to Spring Breezes
    if anyone can help pkease let me know, thank you so much. sunny.

  79. Marie Bland Says:

    Every Spring and Summer I always think of my favourite assembly song from Manor Road Primary in Nantwich during the 1960s. It was the cheeriest by far, however I could only remember the first 2 lines of Summer has come from the sunny land and think about it every year.
    I have just found the complete song from this blog and it has finally put my mind at rest. I am learning calligraphy, so when I’m proficient I aim to write this song out and frame it. I will probably be singing it all day now. Thankyou!!!!! :)

  80. Sallie Says:

    After doing research I found that all of England’s schools sang the same songs here’s me thinking Glad Hearts Adventuring was my Secondary Moderns very own song.It originated as a Girl Guides song here in the States.
    I recall singing at the end of everyday in the infants/junior school Now The Day Is Over.
    My twin sister and I have sung all of our lives [71]starting with the Sunday School Anniversary in 1949 we sang a duo called Sing a little song for Jesus.We sang in an award winning choir at the Secondary level and have harmonized ever since.We dare sing anywhere.

  81. Collette Says:

    This was my favourite song in primary school, we sang it in the early 70s and I knew that the summer holidays were coming soon. I’m wondering when they stopped singing these sorts of songs in school assemblies in the Uk

  82. Sylvia P. Casey Says:

    I’m trying to find the right title, composer & lyrics to a very old song about Noah’s Arc. The first lines are: Children turn to page 52, Pay attention while I read to you, Ah Noah & the Arc is the lesson for today so follow me when I say, Didn’t it rain, children? Rain all the time, Well didn’t it rain and rain ane rain,

  83. rowan Says:

    So glad to hear all you kind folk writing this down, I didn’t remember much of this song only 3 lines from my childhood, i’m 68 and learnd this at Park Lane infants school about 1955, wonderful, thank you.

  84. Fiona Says:

    In response to the request for the last lines of ‘Little bird, I have heard…’ this is what we sang in the 1950’s…

    “Little bird, I have heard,
    What a merry song you sing.
    Soaring high to the sky
    On your tiny wing.
    Jesus’ little ones are we
    And he loves us you and me
    As we share in his care
    Happy we must be.”

    I take it that the ‘must’ in the last line is not a commandment but a statement that we will definitely be happy!

  85. Richard Duncumb Says:

    To Sunny: Spring winds are blowing, Green leaves are growing, Clusters of buds are tossed on the wind. Dark streams are splashing, bounding and dashing, seaward they make their way.
    :Listen my mournful heart and be still, soon dies the sound of horns on the hill. Thrushes are calling, white petals falling, sorrow is sweet today

    The oringinal is a Swedish folk song called “Vårvindar friskar”. Search on google or spotify and you will find many recordings and the full text (in swedish!)

  86. Lisa Says:

    Mama Lisa’s World has the Swedish folk song called “Vårvindar friskar” with the lyrics, a translation and some videos!

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