Alternative Song Lyrics for Kids

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I don’t know about you all, but we do a lot of singing here in the Imperfect house… a lot of very repetitive singing. Have you ever noticed how all kids’ songs are insanely short? Yes, there are logical reasons for this, but sometimes it makes me feel like a one-woman GIF loop. One of YC’s few words is “again”, which is really just nodding her head with a sound like “a-yah”.

So what is a mama (or daddy) to do? Around here, we make up new lyrics!  It started with Mr I when EC was really little – he used lie on the floor to “play row-row” with her, effectively a Pilates workout hoisting her around like a free-weight while singing “Row, Row, Row your Boat”. We had three verses already from a children’s book, but of course EC demanded more. So Mr I came up with “Hoist, hoist, hoist the sail, gently up the mast. If you see a monkey, don’t forget to laugh!”, at which point he would chatter like a monkey and she would collapse on top of him in a fit of giggles.

More recently, YC has been fascinated by “The Itsy-Bitsy Spider”. She wants it sung during every diaper change, when I’m getting her dressed, and when I’m drying her off after bath time. The obsession has stuck around long enough that I’m beyond tired of the song, so I took a page from Mr I’s book and started changing it up. When EC started singing along, I realized that, as she was with “row-row”, she is going to be confused when she realizes that other people don’t know our made up verses.

So here you go; I’m putting our verses out in the world.

The itsy-bitsy spider went up the water spout
Down came the snow and froze the spider out
Out came the sun and dried up all the snow
And the itsy-bitsy spider said “Now it’s time to go”

The itsy-bitsy spider went up the water spout
Out came the wind and blew the spider out
Up came a tree and blocked all the wind
And the itsy-bitsy spider said "Thank you, my friend"

The isty-bitsy spider went up the water spout
Out came a cat and chased the spider out
Out came a dog, who chased away the cat
And the itsy-bitsy spider said "Thank you for that!"

What about you? Do you make up songs or lyrics?

Isty Bitsy Spider

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