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Last year, I had a great time with my kids writing a new version of “Jingle Bells,” called “Jingle ‘Bot” about a robot in space whose polka-dotted ship picks up space junk.  My son made a picture for the song at the time, which I just found in a pile of papers and of course it makes me want to SING!

Here are the lyrics:

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JINGLE ‘BOT, NEW WORDS TO AN OLD SONG BY ELEG
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/10/08/jinlge-bot-new-words-by-eleg/

I was sitting ’round the kitchen with the kids and we were goofing off and these words came to mind.  We thought they were funny.  Maybe it would be fun to make a book for this sometime.

JINGLE ‘BOT
Traditional Tune (sing to the tune of “Jingle Bells”)
Words by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus

Dashing through deep space
In a polka dotted jet,
O’er the galaxy
Delivering pres-ents.
The robot has some gifts
For extra-terrestrials.
The speed of light
She flies tonight
To far away plan-ets.

Oh…

Jingle ‘bot, this robot
Jingles all the way.
Who’s good or bad,
It’s sure to say
On the digital display.

Jingle ‘bot, this robot
Jingles all the day.
She knows who’s nice
And who is not,
She’s Santa’s elf in space.

A day or two ago,
She thought she’d take a ride.
And soon space junk, not snow,
Was drifting by her side!
With her space arm long and lank,
She knew just what to do.
She grabbed the junk and off she flew
To Santa’s recycling bank!

Oh…

Jingle ‘bot, this robot
Jingles all the way.
Who’s good or bad,
It’s sure to say
On the digital display.

Jingle ‘bot, this robot
Jingles all the day.
She knows who’s nice
And who is not,
She’s Santa’s elf in space.

Now that space is clean
Go out and have some fun.
Hop in your space machine
And sing this robot song!
Just try and take the lead
Of our robot friend’s good deed,
Let’s keep space clear
For Santa’s deer [Alt.: "For Santa to Steer"]
To fly on Christmas Eve [Alt.: "His sleigh on Christmas Eve"]

Oh…

Jingle ‘bot, this robot
Jingles all the way.
Who’s good or bad,
It’s sure to say
On the digital display.

Jingle ‘bot, this robot
Jingles all the day.
She knows who’s nice
And who is not,
She’s Santa’s elf in space.

ALT 3rd Verse:
Now that space is clean
Go it while you’re young.
Hop in your space machine
And sing this robot song!
Be good and you’ll do great,
And go to bed at eight,
So Santa’s elves who stay up late
Can make more toys and celebrate!

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Related Posts

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“Jingle Bells” in the History of Space and Singable Picture Books

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/03/04/jingle-bells-in-the-history-of-space-and-singable-picture-books/

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JINGLE ‘BOT, NEW WORDS TO AN OLD TUNE BY ELEG

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/10/08/jinlge-bot-new-words-by-eleg/

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CHRISTMAS

A Collection of Singable Picture Books that celebrate CHRISTMAS!
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/11/28/singable-picture-books-for-christmas/

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WINTER

Singable Picture Books for Winter
Some of these are sung at Christmastime, but this is a list of songs about Winter that you can sing all season long!
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/12/21/singable-picture-books-for-winter/

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Sing a Whale Song
Story and Songs by Tom Chapin and John Forster
Illustrated by Jerry Smath

“Sing a Whale Song” starts with a story in prose, beautifully illustrated in watercolor paintings, followed by lyrics to 4 songs printed and illustrated at the end. The story is about a boy who is granted his wish of becoming a whale and in the end learns a song from the whale which requests responsible stewardship of the earth for all its creatures.

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Mo’s Book Review:

I read the book to my son Mo and asked him to give his opinion.  Mo said, “I just naturally like it.  It’s a good book.  I like the adventures of the kid being a whale.  I also like the song lyrics at the end.  I like how Timothy sang the whale song wherever he went.  I think Jerry Smath did a very good job with the illustrations and how he put a GO SLOWLY sign on the dock.”

Mo rates “Sing a Whale Song” 6.5 s out of 10

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Links to YouTubes and sound clips of the songs at the back of the book:

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Tom Chapin’s recording of “Sing a Whale Song” from the album MOONBOAT:
http://www.amazon.com/Sing-A-Whale-Song/dp/B0032LM796/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1311016531&sr=8-3

“Sing a Whale Song” on YouTube:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOzxSTK3rd4

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Tom Chapin’s recording of “Good Garbage” from the album MOTHER EARTH:
http://www.amazon.com/Good-Garbage/dp/B004A21NF0/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=dmusic&qid=1311016652&sr=1-2

“Good Garbage” on YouTube:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rhf5Rb9Jn48

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Tom Chapin’s recording “Someone’s Gonna Use It” from the album FAMILY TREE
http://www.amazon.com/Someones-Gonna-Use-It/dp/B004A1Y3RQ/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1311107572&sr=8-2

“Someone’s Gonna Use It” on YouTube:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2BczRSGv_A

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Tom Chapin’s recording of “This Pretty Planet” from the album FAMILY TREE (cover image above)
http://www.amazon.com/This-Pretty-Planet/dp/B004A1U672/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=dmusic&qid=1311107688&sr=1-1

“This Pretty Planet” on YouTube:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=KeqDHppFwHE

“This Pretty Planet” is a particularly beautiful song and, as you will hear in the YouTube, can be sung in a gorgeous round.


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