Kids Safety Song: Remember Your Name and Address and Telephone Number too!

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
The very first one you meet
And simply say, "I’ve lost my way,
I cannot find my street,
But I know my name and address
And telephone number too."
Then he’ll be kind
And help you to find
The dear ones who wait for you.

You can hear this song here by Tiny Tim.

Here you can hear Richard Stark singing Remember Your Name and Address. His rendition feels more authentic to me since he grew up in the 1940’s in New York singing it.

Many thanks to Carol Woodier for helping us find the lyrics to this song and to Richard Stark for singing it for us!

Enjoy!

Mama Lisa

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18 Responses to “Kids Safety Song: Remember Your Name and Address and Telephone Number too!”

  1. Lisa Says:

    After I posted this song, Carole Woodier wrote:

    Lisa,

    I’m glad you wrote back because not only do I know all the words now, but I just sent you the song! In case Amazon doesn’t send it, here’s the link.

    There’s another version by Tiny Tim, which sounds inauthentic to me. The version in the link is by Mady Kaye and she sounds a lot more like my kindergarten teacher than Tiny Tim does (probably a very good thing.)

    The words are:

    Remember your name and address
    And telephone number, too
    So if, someday, you lose your way
    You’ll know just what to do
    Walk up to that kind policeman
    The very first one you meet
    And simply say I’ve lost my way
    And cannot find my street
    But I know my name and address
    And telephone number too
    Then he’ll be kind
    And help you find
    The dear ones who wait for you.

    Thanks Carole! -Mama Lisa

  2. Robin Says:

    Lisa, what incredible synchronicity. My parents visited last week & my Mom was talking about this song…I can’t believe I found this post tonight!

  3. Lisa Says:

    That’s neat Robin! This is our parents’ version of Schoolhouse Rock! I just wrote about the whole series today. Check out the link for more info about it. Also, Richard Stark from NY sent me other recordings of these song. If you’d like, I can email them to you for your Mom to hear.

  4. Robert Murray Says:

    Thankyou for putting this children’s song on your website. I learned this song in the first grade in 1941. I remember most of the lyrics but not all. It has been drivivg me crazy for years trying to remember them all.

  5. claire curran Says:

    I remember the song as “I know my name and address” Does any one recall the radio show that it was on? My mind says Bobby Riggs and Mary Lou.But I am sure that is not right.

    I remember the song as well of “Lets Pretend” and the Cream of Wheat song.

  6. Robert Murray Says:

    Anyone know all the words for a child’s safety song “Don’t go onto the rail road tracks, for that’s no place to play. Trains go fast when they go past…..???????
    Teacher got it from a book “Safety Songs for Children”.

  7. June Pasini Says:

    I have been singing this song to my grandchildren and they are amazed I still remember it from kindergarten. I am 79 years old. I also sing the Thanksgiving song about ‘Mr. Duck calling on Mr. Turkey. Can you help with the lyrics?

  8. susan Says:

    never go by the railroad tracks
    that isn’t the place to play
    cause trains go fast
    when they go past
    and you might be in the way

  9. M & L Says:

    As we recall the verse, the railroad tracks song goes:

    A boy stood on the railroad tracks
    And didn’t hear the bell
    I’d like to tell you the end of the tale
    But it’s too sad to tell, so

    Stay away from the railroad tracks
    It isn’t the place to play
    For trains go fast
    As they go past
    And you might be in the way

    And here’s another song we remember:

    Johnny go right and Johnny go wrong
    Two little Johnnies, walking along
    Johnny go right he keeps to the right
    Never gets into trouble
    Johnny go wrong when he walks along
    Seems to double trouble

    So keep to the right like Johnny go right
    And follow this merry song
    And you’ll never get jumped on, stepped on, bumped on
    Like little Johnny go wrong.

  10. Sabrina Says:

    Some schools in Cleveland, Ohio were teaching this as recently as the late 1960s! That’s when I learned it. In fact, Ohio Bell (now defunct telephone company) had little kids actually reciting this for a commercial back in the day. Wow…what a different attitude towards the police then than now, eh?

  11. Lisa Says:

    Here’s an mp3 recording of Stay Away from the Railroad Tracks by one of our readers.

  12. Judy Says:

    For june pasini: My mom used to sing that song to us with gestures. I have taught it to my grandchildren, who love it.
    “Mister duck went to visit mister turkey with a wobble wobble wobble wobble.
    Mister turkey went to visit mister ducky with a gobble gobble gobble gobble.
    Mister turkey said how do you do. Mister ducky said I’m very fine too.
    Mister duck went to visit mister turkey with a wobble wobble wobble wobble.”
    Another one from my mom:
    Way up high in the apple tree, two little apples smiled at me.
    I shook that tree as hard as I could. (gesture of shaking a tree)
    And then DOWN came the apples
    And mm-mmm (rub hand on tummy) were they good!
    Judy at dearmrsp@aol.com

  13. marlene Says:

    How do I find the piano/vocal book of all those songs:
    Stay Away from the Railroad Tracks
    The policeman, the fireman, the mail man too..
    Talking to the driver…

  14. Judy Says:

    It was written in 3/4, but Tiny Tim does it in a four beat pattern. That’s why it feels different.

  15. Kelly Says:

    I’m looking for the original rights to the song with the lyrics posted below, along with various recordings thereof. Does anyone have info in either regard?

    A boy stood on the railroad tracks
    And didn’t hear the bell
    I’d like to tell you the end of the tale
    But it’s too sad to tell, so

    Stay away from the railroad tracks
    It isn’t the place to play
    For trains go fast
    As they go past
    And you might be in the way

    Thanks!

  16. Charlotte Feldman Says:

    This and the other safety songs were composed by the late Irving Caesar, who put together a book of
    children’s safety songs long ago. Mr. Caesar also wrote several popular songs in the thirties and forties such as “Tea for Two” and “Swanee” and “I Want to Be Happy.”

    My late husband was a music professor and introduced Irving Caesar’s songs to me during our courtship and I remember them fondly to this day.

    You can find out about Irving Caesar by Google-ing him. Dear man.

  17. David Theil Says:

    I know a young woman whose 24 year old brother was just killed by a train accident. He and his buddies were riding dirt motorcycles along train tracks. It came up behind them and he did not hear it, nor understood why all his friends were peeling off the track. She tells me his mom used to sing that song to him when he was little.hearing her weep on the phone is heartbreaking. Wanting to look up the song brought me here. Thank you all

  18. Lisa Says:

    Sorry for your loss David.

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