Nursery Rhymes for Africa

by African Treehouse

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Nursery Rhymes like you've never heard them before! African, jazzy, fresh and adult friendly. This will get you and the kids dancing!

By the same SAMA (South African Music Award)-winning team that brought you The African Alphabet & African Numbers.

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released August 30, 2014

African Treehouse - Erka Strydom & Graeme Sacks plus guests

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African Treehouse Johannesburg, South Africa

"African Treehouse" is an ongoing project to bring African music to kids around the world. Top South African musicians appear on the albums including: Relebogile "Lebo" Mabotja, Concord Nkabinde and Kelly Petlane.
"African Treehouse" is the brainchild of the SAMA (South African Music Award) winning team of Graeme Sacks and Erika Strydom.
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Track Name: Hey Diddle Diddle
Hey Diddle Diddle

Hey diddle diddle, the cat and the fiddle,
The cow jumped over the moon.
The little dog laughed to see such fun
And the dish ran away with the spoon.

Hey diddle (hey diddle)
Hey diddle (hey diddle diddle)
Hey diddle (hey diddle)
Hey diddle (hey diddle diddle)

Meow like a cat
Moo like a cow
Meow like a cat
Moo like a cow

Hey diddle (hey diddle)
Hey diddle (hey diddle diddle)
Hey diddle (hey diddle)
Hey diddle (hey diddle diddle)

Meow like a cat
Moo like a cow
Meow like a cat
Moo like a cow (all the children together)

Hey diddle diddle, the cat and the fiddle,
The cow jumped over the moon.
The little dog laughed to see such fun
And the dish ran away with the spoon.

The little dog laughed to see such fun
And the dish ran away with the spoon.
The dish ran away, ran away ran away
The dish ran away with the spoon
Track Name: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Twinkle twinkle little star,
How I wonder what you are,
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky,
Twinkle twinkle little star,
How I wonder what you are

African star,
High above the world,
How I wonder what you are,
African star,
Like a diamond in the African sky

Twinkle twinkle little star,
How I wonder what you are,
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky,
Twinkle twinkle little star,
How I wonder what you are

African star,
High above the world,
How I wonder what you are,
African star,
Like a diamond in the African sky

Twinkle twinkle little star,
How I wonder what you are,
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky,
Twinkle twinkle little star,
How I wonder what you are x 3
Track Name: Hickory Dickory Dock
Hickory Dickory Dock

Hickory dickory dock,
The mouse ran up the clock,
The clock struck one the mouse fell down,
Hickory dickory dock

Hickory dickory dock
The mouse, ran up the clock
The big old clock struck one
and the little mouse fell down and
Hickory dickory doc

Hickory dickory dock,
The mouse ran up the clock,
The clock struck one the mouse fell down,
Hickory dickory dock

Hickory dickory dock
The mouse, ran up the clock
The big old clock struck one
and the little mouse fell down and
Hickory dickory doc

Hickory dickory dock,
The mouse ran up the clock,
The clock struck one the mouse fell down,
Hickory dickory dock
Track Name: If You're Happy & You Know it
If you’re Happy and You Know It

If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands,
If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands,
If you’re happy and you know it and you really want to show it
If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands

If you’re happy and you know it stamp your feet,
If you’re happy and you know it stamp your feet,
If you’re happy and you know it and you really want to show it
If you’re happy and you know it stamp your feet

I hope you’re happy and you’re happy and that you know it,
I hope you’re happy and you’re happy and that you’ll show it,
I hope the sun will shine for you wherever you’re going,
So let’s all clap our hands, we’re happy and we all know it


If you’re happy and you know it snap your fingers,
If you’re happy and you know it snap your fingers,
If you’re happy and you know it snap your fingers,
If you’re happy and you know it and you really want to show it
If you’re happy and you know it snap your fingers

If you’re happy and you know it nod your head,
If you’re happy and you know it nod your head,
If you’re happy and you know it and you really want to show it
If you’re happy and you know it nod your head

I hope you’re happy and you’re happy and that you know it,
I hope you’re happy and you’re happy and that you’ll show it,
I hope the sun will shine for you wherever you’re going,
So let’s all clap our hands, we’re happy and we all know it

If you’re happy and you know it shout hooray (hooray!)
If you’re happy and you know it shout hooray (hooray!)
If you’re happy and you know it and you really want to show it
If you’re happy and you know it shout hooray (hooray!)

I hope you’re happy and you’re happy and that you know it,
I hope you’re happy and you’re happy and that you’ll show it,
I hope the sun will shine for you wherever you’re going,
So let’s all clap our hands, we’re happy and we all know it x 3
Hooray!
Track Name: Incy Wincy Spider
Incy Wincy Spider

Incy Wincy Spider climbed up the water spout,
Down came the rain, and washed the spider out,
Out came the sun, and dried up all the rain,
and Incy Wincy Spider climbed up the spout again

Incy Wincy Spider, he climbs
“Silly spider”
Then he falls down
Incy Wincy Spider
Then he climbs again

Incy Wincy Spider, he climbs
“Silly spider”
Then he falls down
Incy Wincy Spider
Then he climbs again

Incy Wincy Spider climbed up the water spout,
Down came the rain, and washed the spider out,
Out came the sun, and dried up all the rain,
and Incy Wincy Spider climbed up the spout again

Incy Wincy Spider climbed up the water spout,
Down came the rain, and washed the spider out,
Out came the sun, and dried up all the rain,
and Incy Wincy Spider climbed up the spout again

Incy Wincy Spider, he climbs
“Silly spider”
Then he falls down
Incy Wincy Spider
Then he climbs again

Incy Wincy Spider, he climbs
“Silly spider”
Then he falls down
Incy Wincy Spider
Then he climbs again
Track Name: Hush Little Baby
Hush Little Baby

Hush little baby, don’t say a word,
Mama’s gonna buy you a mocking bird.
And if that mocking bird don’t sing,
Mama’s gonna buy you a diamond ring
And if that diamond ring turns brass
Mama’s gonna buy you a looking glass
And if that looking glass gets broke
Mama’s gonna buy you a billy goat

Interlude

And if that billy goat doesn’t pull (he’s so lazy)
Mama’s gonna buy you a cart and bull (called Daisy)
And if that cart and bull turns over (watch out!)
Mama’s gonna buy you a dog named Rover (bow wow wow wow wow wow wow)

Interlude

And if that dog named Rover wont bark (he doesn’t bark)
Mama’s gonna buy you a horse and cart (oh what a lark)
And if that horse and cart falls down (oh gee!)
Well you’ll still be the sweetest baby in town (yippee)

Interlude

Hush little baby, don’t say a word,
Mama’s gonna buy you a mocking bird.
And if that mocking bird don’t sing,
Mama’s gonna buy you a diamond ring
Mama’s gonna buy you a diamond ring
Mama’s gonna buy you a diamond ring
Track Name: Humpty Dumpty
Humpty Dumpty

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall,
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men,
Couldn’t put Humpty together again

Humpty Dumpty – Sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty – Had a great fall,
Humpty Dumpty - Sat on the wall and he had a great fall,
And all the – All the king’s horses
And all the – All the king’s men,
They couldn’t – Couldn’t put Humpty together again

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall,
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men,
Couldn’t put Humpty together again

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall,
He broke his head,
Because he’s an egg
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Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall
(And all the)
And all the king’s horses and all the king’s men
(They couldn’t)
Couldn’t put Humpty together

Humpty Dumpty – Sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty – Had a great fall,
Humpty Dumpty - Sat on the wall and he had a great fall,
And all the – All the king’s horses
And all the – All the king’s men,
They couldn’t – Couldn’t put Humpty together again

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall,
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men,
Couldn’t put Humpty together again

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall,
He broke his head,
Because he’s an egg x3
Track Name: Polly Put the Kettle On
Polly Put the Kettle On

Polly put the kettle on,
Polly put the ketlle on,
Polly put the kettle on,
We’ll all have tea

Suky take it off again,
Suky take it off again,
Suky take it off again
They’ve all gone away

Polly put the kettle on,
Polly put the ketlle on,
Polly put the kettle on,
We’ll all have tea

Blow the fire and make the toast,
Put the muffins on to roast,
Blow the fire and make the toast,
We’ll all have tea

Interlude
Oh Polly put oh Polly put,
The kettle on,
Oh Polly put the kettle on,
Oh Polly put oh Polly put,
The kettle on,
Oh Polly put the kettle on

Polly put the kettle on,
Polly put the ketlle on,
Polly put the kettle on,
We’ll all have tea

Suky take it off again,
Suky take it off again,
Suky take it off again
They’ve all gone away

Polly put the kettle on,
Polly put the ketlle on,
Polly put the kettle on,
We’ll all have tea

Blow the fire and make the toast,
Put the muffins on to roast,
Blow the fire and make the toast,
We’ll all have tea

Interlude
Oh Polly put oh Polly put,
The kettle on,
Oh Polly put the kettle on,
Oh Polly put oh Polly put,
The kettle on,
Oh Polly put the kettle on

Polly put the kettle on,
Polly put the ketlle on,
Polly put the kettle on,
We’ll all have tea

Suky take it off again,
Suky take it off again,
Suky take it off again
They’ve all gone away

Polly put the kettle on,
Polly put the ketlle on,
Polly put the kettle on,
We’ll all have tea

Blow the fire and make the toast,
Put the muffins on to roast,
Blow the fire and make the toast,
We’ll all have tea
Track Name: Row Row Row Your Boat
Row Row Row Your Boat

Row row row your boat, gently down the stream
Merrily merrily merrily merrily, life is but a dream
Row row row your boat, gently down the stream
If you see a crocodile, don’t forget to scream

Interlude
Row row row row row row row row
Row row row row row row row

Row row row your boat, gently down the river
If you see a polar bear, don’t forget to shiver
Row row row your boat, gently to the shore
If you see a lion, don’t forget to roar
Instrumental (modulate up 1 tone to C major)

Row row row your boat, gently down the creek
If you see a little mouse, don’t forget to squeak
Row row row your boat, in your bubble bath
If you see a spider, don’t forget to laugh

Interlude
Row row row row row row row row
Row row row row row row row

Row row row your boat, gently up the brook
If you catch a little fish, let it off the hook
Row row row your boat, gently down the stream
Merrily merrily merrily merrily, life is but a dream
Merrily merrily merrily merrily, life is but a dream
Merrily merrily merrily merrily, life is but a dream
Track Name: Mary Had a Little Lamb
Mary Had A Little Lamb

Mary had a little lamb,little lamb, little lamb
Mary had a little lamb, it’s fleece was white as snow.
Everywhere that Mary went, Mary went, Mary went
Everywhere that Mary went the lamb was sure to go

Interlude
Ma-a-Mary
Ma-a-Mary
Ma-a-Mary
Ma-a-Mary

It followed her to school one day, school one day, school one day
It followed her to school one day which was against the rules.
It made the children laugh and play, laugh and play, laugh and play
It made the children laugh and play to see a lamb at school

Interlude
Ma-a-Mary had a little little little lamb
Ma-a-Mary had a little little little lamb
Ma-a-Mary had a little little little lamb
Ma-a-Mary had a little little little lamb


So the teacher turned it out, turned it out, turned it out
So the teacher turned it out, but still it lingered near.
And waited patiently about, patiently, patiently
And waited patiently about, did Mary did appear

Ma-a-Mary
Ma-a-Mary
Ma-a-Mary
Ma-a-Mary

Why does the lamb love Mary so? Mary so? Mary so?
Why does the lamb love Mary so the eager children cried.
Why Mary loves the lamb you know, loves him so, loves him so
Why Mary loves the lamb you know, the teacher did reply

Interlude
Ma-a-Mary
Ma-a-Mary
Ma-a-Mary
Ma-a-Mary
Ma-a-Mary had a little little little lamb
Ma-a-Mary had a little little little lamb
Ma-a-Mary had a little little little lamb
Ma-a-Mary had a little little little lamb
Ma-a-Mary
Ma-a-Mary
Track Name: This Old Man
This Old Man

This old man, he played one
He played knick knack on my thumb
With a knick knack paddywhack give a dog a bone
This old man came rolling home

This old man, he played two
He played knick knack on my shoe
With a knick knack paddywhack give a dog a bone
This old man came rolling home

Instrumental

This old man, he played three
He played knick knack on my knee
With a knick knack paddywhack give a dog a bone
This old man came rolling home

This old man, he played four
He played knick knack on my door
With a knick knack paddywhack give a dog a bone
This old man came rolling home

Instrumental

This old man, he played five
He played knick knack on my hive
With a knick knack paddywhack give a dog a bone
This old man came rolling home

This old man, he played six
He played knick knack on my sticks
With a knick knack paddywhack give a dog a bone
This old man came rolling home

Instrumental

This old man, he played seven
He played knick knack up to heaven
With a knick knack paddywhack give a dog a bone
This old man came rolling home

This old man, he played eight
He played knick knack on my gate
With a knick knack paddywhack give a dog a bone
This old man came rolling home
Instrumental (4 bars) Modulate up a semitone to D

This old man, he played nine
He played knick knack all the time
With a knick knack paddywhack give a dog a bone
This old man came rolling home
This old man, he played ten
He played knick knack once again
With a knick knack paddywhack give a dog a bone
This old man came ro…..lling…… home!
Track Name: There Was an Old Lady
There Was an Old Lady

There was an old lady who swallowed a fly.
I dunno why she swallowed a fly,
Perhaps she'll die.

There was an old lady who swallowed a spider,
That wriggled and jiggled and tickled inside her.
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.
But I dunno why she swallowed that fly -
Perhaps she'll die.

There was an old lady who swallowed a bird;
How absurd, to swallow a bird!
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider
That wriggled and jiggled and tickled inside her.
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.
But I dunno why she swallowed that fly -
Perhaps she'll die.

There was an old lady who swallowed a cat.
Imagine that, she swallowed a cat.
She swallowed the cat to catch the bird ...
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider
That wriggled and jiggled and tickled inside her.
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.
But I dunno why she swallowed that fly -
Perhaps she'll die.

There was an old lady who swallowed a dog.
What a hog! To swallow a dog!
She swallowed the dog to catch the cat...
She swallowed the cat to catch the bird ...
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider
That wriggled and jiggled and tickled inside her.
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.
But I dunno why she swallowed that fly -
Perhaps she'll die.

There was an old lady who swallowed a goat.
Just opened her throat and swallowed a goat!
She swallowed the goat to catch the dog ...
She swallowed the dog to catch the cat...
She swallowed the cat to catch the bird ...
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider
That wriggled and jiggled and tickled inside her.
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.
But I dunno why she swallowed that fly -
Perhaps she'll die.

There was an old lady who swallowed a cow.
I don't know how she swallowed a cow!
She swallowed the cow to catch the goat...
She swallowed the goat to catch the dog ...
She swallowed the dog to catch the cat...
She swallowed the cat to catch the bird ...
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider
That wriggled and jiggled and tickled inside her.
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.
But I dunno why she swallowed that fly -
Perhaps she'll die.

There was an old lady who swallowed a horse -

She's dead, of course.