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“Read, Sing, Play ABC Sing-Along,” A Singable Book, Letter Z (tune of “On Top of Old Smoky”)

Posted on: October 7, 2010

Hot Dog!  We made it to the Letter Z.

Speakin’ of “hot dogs,” the song for the Letter Z is sung to the tune of “On Top of Old Smoky.’

 
Read, Sing, Play ABC Sing-Along
Words Adapted by Teddy Slater
Illustrated by Liisa Chauncy Guida

Z is for Zelda
(Lyrics by Teddy Slater, from book “ABC Sing-Along,” sing to the tune of “On Top of Old Smoky”)

 Z is for Zelda,
who zoomed off to Mars.
She zigged and she zagged past
a zillion bright stars.
She zipped to the left and
she zapped to the right.
Then Zelda Zoomed home by
the moon’s golden light.

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Original Lyrics for
On Top of Old Smoky
Traditional Words and Tune

On top of Old Smoky,
All covered with snow,
I lost my true lover,
For courting too slow.

For courting’s a pleasure,
But parting is grief,
And a false-hearted lover,
Is worse than a thief.

A thief will just rob you,
And take what you have,
But a false-hearted lover,
Will lead you to your grave.

The grave will decay you,
And turn you to dust,
Not one boy in a hundred
A poor girl can trust.

They’ll hug you and kiss you,
And tell you more lies
Than cross ties on a railroad,
Or stars in the sky.

So come ye young maidens,
And listen to me,
Never place your affection
In a green willow tree.

For the leaves they will wither,
The roots they will die,
And you’ll be forsaken,
And never know why.

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Kiddiddles.com has a terrific page for “On Top of Old Smoky”
complete with printable lyric sheet, midi sing-along file, and printable sheet music:
http://www.kididdles.com/lyrics/o036.html


On Top of Old Smoky (A Collection of Songs and Stories from Appalachia)
Words and Music by Various Artists
Compiled and Adapted by Ronald Kidd
Illustrated by Linda Anderson
Illustrated by Various Artists

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A version of OLD SMOKIE is featured in:
america sings carl cramer
America Sings (Stories and songs of Our Country’s Growing)

Traditional Music and Lyrics
Collected and Told by Carl Cramer
Arrangements by Edwin John Stringham
Illustrations by Elizabeth Black Cramer
Copyright 1942 by Carl Cramer

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A parody of OLD SMOKEY is featured in:

On Top of the Potty (And Other Get-Up-And-Go Songs)

Traditional Tunes
Words Adapted by Alan Katz
Illustrated by David Catrow

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ONLINE INFO

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A wiki article about song origins, here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/On_Top_of_Old_Smoky

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Interesting information here as well, including links to many parodies of this oft parodied song:
http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=76295&messages=31

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VIDEOS

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A lovely piano arrangement, sing-along YouTube with lyrics,

www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVyg8LZvoOk

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Sing-along with the beautiful pictures in this one:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qh6fmnv0sE

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We’ve got ourselves here a Singable Picture Book Video of “On Top of Old Smoky”
(words, pictures and music) thanks  to the Chipmonks!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNptJ2928-g

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I love the American Heritage Music Set, which includes simple, singable arrangements to so many classic American Folk Songs and Singable Picture Books.  This set includes a terrific sing-along for “On Top of Old Smoky,”
http://www.amazon.com/American-Heritage-Music-Various-Artists/dp/samples/B00009UVXI/ref=dp_tracks_all_2#disc_2

Sing-along with “On Top of Old Smoky,” “On Top of Spaghetti,” or any parody with this terrific instrumental:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000UODELI/?tag=you09f-20
Which is Track 8

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Related Posts

ON TOP OF SPAGHETTI, A SINGABLE PICTURE BOOK
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/11/25/on-top-of-spaghetti-a-singable-picture-book/

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AMERICAN HISTORY: CELEBRATING THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND HER CITIZENS AND TELL STORIES OF AMERICAN HISTORY
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AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH

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https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/04/18/singable-picture-books-celebrating-african-american-history-month/

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

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PINTEREST
FAVORITE SINGABLES ON PINTEREST
Of the hundreds (maybe thousands) of choices, this list on Pinterest displays the top blockbuster favorite Singable Picture Books that we warble together at Sing Books visits:
http://pinterest.com/singbooksemily/

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PINTEREST
MUSIC INSPIRED SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS COLLECTED BY SING BOOKS WITH EMILY ON PINTEREST
http://pinterest.com/singbooksemily/music-inspired-and-music-education-picture-books/

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