Everyone loves a good nursery rhyme or set of traditional songs. One of our favorite collections of nursery rhymes is A Classic Treasury of Nursery Songs and Rhymes, an illustrated book accompanied by a CD.
But it’s also fun to play games with those traditional rhymes and songs and make them into new songs entirely. Debbie & Friends do a great job on their CD, Story Songs and Sing Alongs, of retelling familiar stories (like Three Pigs and a Wolf or Jack and the Beanstalk), but they still stick to the original story lines. Here are a few songs that take traditional songs and turn things upside down….
On Emily Songs by Ben Rudnick and Friends you’ll find the song The Window where Ben sings all sorts of different simple nursery rhymes, but always changes the last line to “and threw it out the window.” You’d be amazed how many rhymes this works with! “Old mother Hubbard went to the cupboard to fetch her poor dog a bone, but when she got there the cupboard was bare, so she threw it out the window!”
On Judy Pancoast’s new CD, Weird Things are Everywhere, she has a song where she does a similar trick. On Yucky she sings nursery rhymes but ends them by saying “and it was yucky!” Here’s another line that works with almost any nursery rhyme. “Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall, and it was yucky!” Hilarious! You can read my full review of Judy’s new CD, here.
Charity and the JamBand have a new album out, Party Like a Twinkle Star, with a great new version of Row Row Row Your Boat. It’s all jazzy and smooth—you’ll wonder why no one ever sung it like this before!
Aaron Nigel Smith released an album last year, Everyone Loves to Dance, and he includes a few new takes on old songs, like Muffin Man and This Little Piggy, but he does another fun twist on Row Row Row Your Boat, Rowing In the River, that’s really cool. Aaron’s version is super funky with a great reggae beat. I bet you had no idea you could do so much with this simple song!