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My daughter was reading a book of short stories and one of them was about a daughter of the Mad Hatter.  One of the other characters in the story was said to be singing “Twinkle Twinkle Little Shrew,” though the author did not offer the lyrics.  Having studied, sung, adapted and performed a full collection of songs based on the Twinkle Tune, and being smitten with it, I took it as a sign to write a new verse:

TWINKLE LITTLE SHREW
Words Adapted by ELEG for SBWE
Traditional Tune
Page Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE
Play as a Waltz

Twinkle twinkle little shrew
How I wonder what you do
When you sit in the tea pot
I wonder if it isn’t hot
Twinkle twinkle little shrew
How I wonder what you do

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twinkle little shrew sheet w chords by ELEG for SBWE
TWINKLE LITTLE SHREW
Words Adapted by ELEG for SBWE
Traditional Tune
Page Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE
Play as a Waltz
twinkle little shrew sheet w chords by ELEG for SBWE

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MANY SONGS, ONE TWINKLY TUNE
Twinkle, ABC, Baa are only 3 of the many songs that use the same familiar tune
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2009/12/17/abc-twinkle-star-baa-blacksheep-singable-books-and-all-the-fix-ins-and-a-youre-adorable-too/

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Marsupial Sue
Words by John Lithgow
Music by Bill Elliott
Illustrated by Jack E. Davis
(This book includes a vocal and instrumental track on a sing-along CD as well as a printed music…GREAT!!)

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Someone made a video of the book with the music:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOQCwuY213Y

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Publisher Simon & Schuster’s webpage for this illustrated song:
http://books.simonandschuster.com/Marsupial-Sue/John-Lithgow/9781416996149

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Marsupial Sue
Words by John Lithgow
Music by Bill Elliott

Marsupial Sue
A young kangaroo
Hated the hopping that kangaroos do
It rattled her brain
AND gave her migraine
A backache, sideache, tummyache, too.

One morning in May
Sue wandered away
Leaving her relatives grazing on hay
What did she see
Way up in a tree
Koalas, gaily at play.

And suddenly Sue was convinced she had found
A way to escape all that bouncing around
She climbed to the top
She heard a loud POP
And howling in pain fell again to the ground.

Marsupial Sue
A lesson or two
Be happy with who you are
Don’t ever stray too far from you
Get rid of that frown
And waltz up and down
Beneath a marsupial star
If you’re a kangaroo through and through
Just do what kangaroos do.

With summer at hand
The weather was grand
So Sue stole away from her kangaroo band
Combing the shore
She heard someone snore
A platypus asleep in the sand
“How cozy!” she said
Completely misled
Ignoring the probable trouble ahead.
“How perfect for me!
A life by the sea!
All snug in a watery bed!”
So she flopped in the mud with a thud and a shout
She swallowed a scallop, a shrimp and a trout
By quarter to two
The poor kangaroo
Had typhoid, pneumonia, colic and gout.

Marsupial Sue
A lesson or two
Be happy with who you are
Don’t ever stray too far from you
Get rid of that frown
And waltz up and down
Beneath a marsupial star
If you’re a kangaroo through and through
Just do what kangaroos do.

That autumn once more
Sue got to explore
A creature she’d never laid eyes on before
A version of her
In miniature
A wallaby, with cousins galore

Before very long
Sue joined in the throng
Flouncing and jouncing and bouncing along
Happy and free
She shouted with glee
“At last, I’m where I belong!”
Then she looked at the wallaby, sprightly and small
Exactly like her only not quite so tall
She widened her eyes
And cried with surprise
“A kangaroo’s life’s not so bad after all!”

Marsupial Sue
No longer so blue:
You’re happy with who you are.
You’ll never stray too far from you.
You’re rid of that frown
So waltz up and down
Beneath a marsupial star
You are a kangaroo through and through
So do what kangaroos do.

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JOHN LITHGOW
The Singable Picture Books of John Lithgow
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/04/23/the-singable-picture-books-of-john-lithgow/

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FUNNY SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS

That’s Hilarious! A List of Singable Picture Books that’ll Crack You Up!
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/08/24/thats-hilarious-a-list-of-singable-picture-books-thatll-crack-you-up/

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GOOD ADVICE
A list of Illustrated Songs that convey really good ideas and great advice.
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/02/13/illustrated-songs-that-give-good-advice/

Let’s sing I’M A MANATEE to honor November is Manatee Awareness Month!

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I’m a Manatee
Words by John Lithgow
Music by Bill Elliott
Illustrated by Ard Hoyt

Ocean Conservancy posted to it’s Facebook Page that November 2014 is MANATEE AWARENESS MONTH, saying:

This November, we’re celebrating one of our favorite go-with-the-flow ocean animals– the manatee! Sometimes called “sea cows,” manatees are slow moving creatures that spend their time grazing on sea grasses. Happy Manatee Awareness Month!

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Info about Manatee Awareness Month on the Save the Manatees Club website:
http://www.savethemanatee.org/news_pr_mam_14.html

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Defenders of Wildlife Blog post about Manatee Awareness Month:
http://www.defenders.org/manatee-awareness-month

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JOHN LITHGOW
The Singable Picture Books of John Lithgow
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/04/23/the-singable-picture-books-of-john-lithgow/

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OCEANS AND SEAS
A list of Singable Picture Books that celebrate the Oceans and Seas
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/02/14/songs-of-the-oceans-and-seas/

These are the illustrations and musical settings of Shakesepare’s Sonnets that I’ve gathered up so far.  There is much more than what I’ve so far gathered and I will continue the hunt.  Please feel free to write comments to this post to alert me to what is not, but should be, posted here.  These, some of the greatest human achievements, must be shared, especially passed along to children, and accessibly sung, enjoyed, and remembered.

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Shakespeare’s Love Sonnets
Musical Settings by Various Artists
Words by William Shakespeare
Illustrated by Caitlin Keegan

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The Songs and Sonnets of William Shakespeare
Musical Settings by Various Artists
Words by William Shakespeare
Illustrated by Charles Robinson (1870 – 1937)

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Shakespeare Sonnets (two covers)
Musical Settings by Various Artists
Words by William Shakespeare
Illustrated by Mary Jane Gorton

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I have not confirmed yet, but imagine some of these musical settings are sonnets:
fifty shakespeare songs
FIFTY SHAKESPEARE SONGS
Edited by Charles Vincent
Published by The Musicians Library, Oliver Ditson Company (1906)
There are two version, For High Voice and For Low Voice, but the contents and page numbers are the same for both.  The only difference is the keys are different

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Musical Settings of Shakespeare’s Sonnets by Rufus Wainwright

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYm8FRXQHjA
“SHAKESPEAR`S SONETTES”
Whole production of Wainwright’s musical settings of Shakespeare’s Sonnets staged by Berliner Ensemble

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Ze2WXfDt2g
5 of Shakespeare’s Sonnets set to music by Rufus Wainwright and incredibly sung by Sarah Fox

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SHAKESPEARE
William Shakespeare in Singable Picture Books
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/01/19/shakespeare-in-singable-picture-books/

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SHAKESPEARE SONNETS ILLUSTRATED AND MUSICAL SETTINGS, EMILY’S PINTEREST BOARD FOR COLLECTION

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POETRY SINGABLE POETRY IN COMPILATIONS

An list of  singable poems from compilations of poetry for children
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/04/17/singable-poetry-a-list-of-poems-that-can-be-sung-from-illustrated-compilations-of-poetry-and-singable-picture-books/

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POETRY, SINGABLE POETRY IN INDIVIDUALLY ILLUSTRATED SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
A list of individually illustrated poems that have been set to music and can be sung
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/04/20/poems-individually-illustrated-spb/

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This Post Link:
SHAKESPEARE’S SONNETS, ILLUSTRATIONS AND MUSICAL SETTINGS
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/11/09/shakespeares-sonnets-illustrations-and-musical-settings/

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Buffalo Bob’s Kids are Kids Songbook
Words and Music by Robert E. (Buffalo Bob) Smith and Edward G. Kean
ISBN 978-0897247535

This songbook is chock full of adorably vintage sounding songs.  It includes printed sheet music and a CD that marvelously contains vocal tracks for the song, but also an instrumental track for each.

This will be a terrific resource for Sing Books with Emily and the Girl Scout Songbook with Mrs. G and Friends!

The songbook includes the songs:

  • A Very Merry Christmas
  • All Because of Santa Claus
  • Being Kind to Animals
  • Cross the Street
  • Don’t Talk to Strangers
  • Ha Ha Ha, Ho Ho Ho
  • Make a Friend
  • My Thanksgiving Song
  • Poppety Poppety Popcorn
  • Save for a Rainy Day
  • The Cowboy Song
  • What Am I Gonna Be?
  • What Kind of Animal?
  • Wouldn’t You?
  • Yell Cowabunga!

Plus, this book also includes teaching and song activity suggestions and TV trivia questions from the Howdy Doody Show.

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GIRL SCOUT SONGBOOK W MRS. G & FRIENDS (A GIRL SCOUT SONGBOOK FOR EVERYONE)
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/girl-scout-songbook-w-mrs-g-friends/

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GOOD ADVICE
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/02/13/illustrated-songs-that-give-good-advice/

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GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK

Singable Picture Books of the Great American Songbook and Michael Feinstein’s Foundation for the Preservation of the Great American Songbook
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/09/10/american-songbook-singable-picture-books-and-michael-feinsteins-foundation-for-the-preservation-of-the-great-american-songbook/

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ILLUSTRATED SONGBOOKS AND COLLECTIONS (COMPILATIONS) OF CHILDREN’S SONGS WITH MUSIC
This list is populated by books that compile printed music and illustrations for children’s songs

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/08/15/illustrated-collections-of-childrens-songs-with-music/

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PINTEREST
SING WITH ME SONGBOOK FOR SINGBOOKS WITH EMILY (ON PINTEREST)
http://pinterest.com/singbooksemily/sing-with-me-songbook-sing-books-with-emily/

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SONGBOOKS WITH LYRICS ONLY
Songbooks and Collections of Children’s Song Lyrics (with or without illustrations, but no music)
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/03/23/songbooks-and-collections-of-childrens-song-lyrics-with-or-without-illustrations-but-no-music/

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SHEET MUSIC RESOURCES
Resources for Sheet Music (Online, in Print, Commercial and Free)
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/09/13/online-resources-for-sheet-music-commercial-and-free/

This list of Illustrated Songs includes all Illustrated Songs I’ve found so far that appear on Muppet song recordings, THE MUPPET SHOW on TV, Muppet Television Specials, or Muppet movies.

You’ll find a Muppet Video (plus lots of information and many resources) embedded in posts for each of these Illustrated songs:

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Bein’ Green (Sing-A-Song Storybook)
Words and Music by Joe Raposo
Illustrated by Mario Macari

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Being Green

Words and Music by Joe Raposo
Illustrated by Etienne Delessert
Published by Western Publishing Company, Inc. in Conjunction with Children’s Television Workshop, 1973
A Golden Book
LOC Catalog Card No. 73-82468

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Capital Ship (or The Walloping Window-blind)
Poem by Charles Edwin Carryl
Traditional Irish Tune
Illustrated by Paul Galdone

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COTTLESTON PIE
Poem by A. A. Milne
Music by Harold Fraser-Simson

Sing-along, here:

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Frog Went A-Courtin’

Traditional Words and Tune
Re-Told by John Langstaff
Illustrated by Feodor Rojankovsky

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Grandma’s Feather Bed (John Denver’s)

Words and Music by Jim Connor
Adapted and Illustrated by Christopher Canyon
Famously Performed and Recorded by John Denver

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Halfway Down
Poem by A. A. Milne
Music by Harold Fraser-Simson
Illustration by Various Artists

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Halfway Down
Poem by A. A. Milne
Music by Harold Fraser-Simson
Illustration by Leigh Grant
From Childcraft Poems and Rhymes, Volume 1 (1976), p. 172
This sheet is for home, library or classroom use only.

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Halfway Down
Poem by A. A. Milne
Music by Harold Fraser-Simson
Illustration by Ernest H. Shepard
To view or print this sing-along sheet, click here:
halfway down milne shepard color
This sheet is for home, library or classroom use only.

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Halfway Down
Poem by A. A. Milne
Music by Harold Fraser-Simson
Illustration by Tasha Tudor
From: Childcraft, Volume 1, The Poems of Early Childhood (1954)
To view or print this Singable Poem, click here:
halfway down childcraft tasha tudor
This sheet is for home, library or classroom use only.

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I’m in Love with a Big Blue Frog
Words and Music by Leslie Braunstein
Performed by Peter Paul & Mary
Illustrated by Joshua S. Brunet
ISBN 978-1-936140-37-4

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Inch by Inch (The Garden Song)
Words and Music by David Mallett
Illustrated by Ora Eitan

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I Whistle a Happy Tune from

Getting to Know You
Words by Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by Richard Rodgers
Illustrated by Rosemary Wells
Published by HarperCollinsPublishers, New York, 2002
ISBN 0-06-626845-5

 

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Lydia the Tattooed Lady
Words by Yip Harburg
Music by Harold Arlen

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New York State of Mind

Words and Music by Billy Joel
Illustrated by IZAK
Scholastic Press, New York, 2005
ISBN 0-439-55382-2

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Octopus’s Garden
Words and Music by Ringo Starr
Illustrated by Ben Cort

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Silent Night
Words by Joseph Mohr
Music by Franz Gruber
Illustrated by Susan Jeffers

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Twelve Days of Christmas
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Brian Wildsmith

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The Walloping Window-Blind
Poem by Charles Edwin Carryl
Traditional Irish Tune
Illustrated by Ted Rand

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The Walloping Window-Blind
Poem by Charles Edwin Carryl
Traditional Irish Tune
Illustrated by Jim LaMarche

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There is a separate list for Illustrated Songs that appear on SESAME STREET:

Sesame Street in Singable Picture Books
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/06/01/sesame-street-in-singable-picture-books/

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ILLUSTRATED SONGS OF THE MUPPETS
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/11/04/illustrated-songs-of-the-muppets/

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GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK

Singable Picture Books of the Great American Songbook and Michael Feinstein’s Foundation for the Preservation of the Great American Songbook
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/09/10/american-songbook-singable-picture-books-and-michael-feinsteins-foundation-for-the-preservation-of-the-great-american-songbook/

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SESAME STREET
Sesame Street in Singable Picture Books
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/06/01/sesame-street-in-singable-picture-books/

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JOHN DENVER
The Singable Picture Books of John Denver
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/04/16/the-singable-picture-books-of-john-denver/

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A. A. MILNE

Almost all Pooh and Poetry by A. A. Milne and Illustrated by E. H. Shepard is Singable!
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/05/04/a-few-favorite-singable-books-the-world-of-a-a-milne/

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SINGABLE PICTURE BOOK WISHES 2 (SONGS THAT WISH TO BE ILLUSTRATED)

There songs are BEGGING to become Singable Picture Books
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/03/06/singable-picture-book-wishes-2-songs-that-wish-to-be-illustrated/

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Windmills of Your Mind (Words and Music and Pictures in Your Imagination)
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/02/27/windmills-of-your-mind-words-and-music-and-pictures-in-your-imagination/

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SIMON SMITH AND HIS AMAZING DANCING BEAR
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/05/01/simon-smith-and-his-amazing-dancing-bear-if-only-is-were-a-singable-picture-book/

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BEATLES: THE BEATLES IN SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
The Singable Picture Books of John, Paul, George, and Ringo

http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/09/26/the-beatles-in-singable-picture-books/

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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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BILLY JOEL
The Illustrated Songs of Billy Joel

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LITTLE SONGS, A NOTEBOOK OF SWEET LITTLE SONGS (MOSTLY SINGABLE POETRY) FOR TO SING WHEN YOUR BRAIN FEELS FUZZY
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/04/08/little-songs-a-notebook-of-sweet-little-songs-mostly-singable-poetry-for-to-sing-when-your-brain-feels-fuzzy/

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POETRY SINGABLE POETRY IN COMPILATIONS

An list of  singable poems from compilations of poetry for children
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/04/17/singable-poetry-a-list-of-poems-that-can-be-sung-from-illustrated-compilations-of-poetry-and-singable-picture-books/

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POETRY, SINGABLE POETRY IN INDIVIDUALLY ILLUSTRATED SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
A list of individually illustrated poems that have been set to music and can be sung
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/04/20/poems-individually-illustrated-spb/

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EARTH’S BEAUTY AND BOUNTY, STEWARDSHIP AND BEING GREEN

Celebrate Earth’s beauty and bounty, being green, and environmental stewardship with this lovely list of Singable Picture Books:
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/01/06/singable-picture-books-with-a-green-theme/

Believe it or not, this JEWEL of a comedy/novelty song was written by the same two guys that brought us OVER THE RAINBOW, and another song I first learned on THE MUPPET SHOW RECORD:

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Lydia the Tattooed Lady
Words by Yip Harburg
Music by Harold Arlen

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Lydia the Tattooed Lady
Words by Yip Harburg
Music by Harold Arlen

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It’s true, you CAN learn a lot from LYDIA

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LYDIA THE TATTOOED LADY wiki
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lydia_the_Tattooed_Lady

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LYDIA THE TATTOOED LADY Muppet wiki
http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Lydia,_the_Tattooed_Lady

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BATTLE OF WATERLOO wiki:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Waterloo

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NAPOLEON CROSSING THE ALPS
1801 painting by Jacques-Louis David wiki
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Napoleon_Crossing_the_Alps

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WRECK OF THE HESPERUS
Poem by Henry Wadworth Longfellow
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wreck_of_the_Hesperus

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SLOOP (detail)
By Robert Moak
http://www.wheelerfolk.org/sloop/s_photos/album.htm

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KANKAKEE, IL wiki:
http://www.citykankakee-il.gov/

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PARIS, FRANCE wiki:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paris

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WASHINGTON CROSSING THE DELAWARE
1851 painting by Emanuel Leutze
http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/the-collection-online/search/11417

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ANDREW JACKSON wiki
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Jackson

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ANDREW JACKSON AND THE WAR OF 1812, BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_New_Orleans

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Kermit sings LYDIA THE TATTOOED LADY

www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHXZA_5XMJ4

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Groucho sings LYDIA THE TATTOOED LADY

www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4zRe_wvJw8

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LYDIA THE TATTOOED LADY
Music by Harold Arlen
Words by E. Y. “Yip” Harburg
Written for the 1939 Marx Brothers film At the Circus
Originally Performed by Groucho Marx
These lyrics as sung by Kermit the Frog

Lydia O Lydia say have you met Lydia
Lydia, the tattooed lady
She has eyes that folks adore so
And a torso even more so

Lydia O Lydia that encyclopedia
Lydia the Queen of tattoo
On her back is the Battle of Waterloo
Beside it the Wreck of the Hesperus too
And proudly above the waves
The Red, White and Blue
You can learn a lot from Lydia

She can give you a view of the world
In tattoo if you step up and tell her where
For a dime you can see Kankakee or Paree
Or Washington crossing the Delaware

Lydia O Lydia, say have you met Lydia
Lydia, the tattooed lady
When her muscles start relaxin’
Up the hill comes Andrew Jackson
Lydia O Lydia that encyclopedia
Lydia, the champ of them all
She once swept an Admiral clear off his feet
The ships on her hips made his heart skip a beat
And now the old boy’s in command of the fleet
You can learn a lot from Lydia

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LYDIA THE TATTOOED LADY is featured on THE MUPPET SHOW RECORD


Info about The Muppet Show album, here:
http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/The_Muppet_Show_(album)

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Related Posts

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GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK

Singable Picture Books of the Great American Songbook and Michael Feinstein’s Foundation for the Preservation of the Great American Songbook
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/09/10/american-songbook-singable-picture-books-and-michael-feinsteins-foundation-for-the-preservation-of-the-great-american-songbook/

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PINTEREST
SINGABLE ART ON PINTEREST
this list on Pinterest displays images of Singable Art, works of art that are about songs, support a song, or the subject of a song:
http://pinterest.com/singbooksemily/

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FUNNY SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS

That’s Hilarious! A List of Singable Picture Books that’ll Crack You Up!
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/08/24/thats-hilarious-a-list-of-singable-picture-books-thatll-crack-you-up/

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MUPPETS
ILLUSTRATED SONGS OF THE MUPPETS
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/11/04/illustrated-songs-of-the-muppets/


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