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Singable Picture Book Wishes 2 (Songs that Wish to be Illustrated)

Posted on: March 6, 2011

Songs that Need Illustrations

There songs are BEGGING to become Singable Picture Books:

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All I Want is You

Words and Music by Barry Louis Polisar
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fq83GYgC6Ac

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An English Country Garden
Words and Music (I think) by Jimmie Rodgers
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/04/05/an-english-country-garden-a-song-begging-for-illustration/

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Aura Lee

Words by W.W. Fosdick
Music by George Poulton
AURA LEE  was written in 1861.
The tune was used in the mid 20th c. for the song Love Me Tender.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvBAu0JO9G4

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Autumn Song 

Words by Hilda Conkling
This is a poem that needs both music and illustrations!

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Back Home Again in Indiana

Music and Lyrics by Ballard MacDonald and James F. Hanley
First published in January, 1917
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1Wg15vYrpE

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Brooklyn Bridge

Words and Music by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne
Sung by many artists, including Mel Torme

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Candy Man

Words and Music by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newly
From the Movie “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9B_6PH4dhU

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Do Re Mi

From the Musical “Sound of Music”
Words by Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by Richard Rodgers
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQvIOGHbKtc

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Edelweiss

Words by Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by Richard Rodgers
From the musical “The Sound of Music”

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Everyone Says “I Love You”     

Sung by John Lithgow on his album “Sunny Side of the Street”
…and by the Marx Brothers,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8hk9pUtVwA

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Fairies

Poem by Rose Fyleman
Music by Ginger Sands

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Freight Train

Words and Music by Elizabeth Cotton
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdO-KWjTgPA

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From Out of a Wood Did a Cuckoo Fly / The Birds (Old Czech Carol)

“Tall Book of Christmas” (2006, Gramercy Books/Random House)
But needs a full blown illustrated book.  A BEAUTIFUL song!

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Good Ship Lollipop 

Sung by Shirley Temple
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLLSqpYyPD8

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HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN the movie musical (all songs)

Words and Music by Frank Loesser
Sung by Danny Kaye
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hans_Christian_Andersen_%28film%29

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Happiness Is

From Musical “You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown”
Words and Music by Clark Gesner
www.youtube.com/watch?v=_iK9PLdVXK4
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7BMllq3Xds

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Here Comes the Sun
Words and Music by George Harrison

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Home in the Meadow 

Words by Sammy Cahn
Written for the tune Greensleeves
Sung by Debbie Reynolds
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDrV-oWLas0

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Hums of Pooh
Frazer-Simson’s musical settings of Milne’s poems need individual illustrations (not just collected in a single volume).

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HURRY IT’S LOVELY UP HERE
From: On a Clear Day You Can See Forever
Music by Burton Lane
Words by Alan Jay Lerner

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I’ve Got a Gal in Kalamazoo
Words and Music by Mack Gordon and Harry Warren
Most famously recorded by the Glenn Miller Band
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/03/28/kalamzoo-a-song-that-needs-a-book/

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JINGLE BELLS
The Whole Set of Lyrics (including the intro and Fanny Bright, etc)
Poem by James Lord Pierpont
Traditional  Tune

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King’s New Clothes

Words and Music by Johnny Mercer
Sung by Danny Kaye
Need a version of the book with exactly the lyrics of the song!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZYzbkk5X4M

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Let’s Go Fly a Kite

Words and Music by  Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
From the Movie Musical, MARY POPPINS
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g89NxTTycxc

Most of the songs from MARY POPPINS need Illustrations.

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Lost in Wonderland 

Words by Marshall Barer
Music by Antonio Carlos Jobim’s tune “Antigua”

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Lydia the Tattoo’d Lady 

Words and Music by Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlkFmtr9fyE

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Manhattan

Words by Lorenz Hart
Music by Richard Rodgers
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KacoSCaOtZQ

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MARY POPPINS
All the songs Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman wrote for the movie musical of Mary Poppins

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Mississippi Mud
Traditional Words and Tune
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjlxzuWaSTI

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Marshmallow World in the Winter

Words by Carl Sigman
Music by Peter DeRose
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marshmallow_World
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oixos8odjXk

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Me and Paul Revere
Words and Music by Steve Martin
Performed by Mr. Martin with the Steep Canyon Rangers

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Oh, What a Beautiful Morning

Words by Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by Richard Rodgers
From the Musical OKLAHOMA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cGS4fkvifs
A segment of this song is illustrated, but I’ve included the song in this list because this wonderful song (full of gorgeous images and words) deserves a full and compete illustrated treatment.

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Ordinary Miracle     

Words and Music by Sarah McLachlan
From re-make of CHARLOTTE’S WEB
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwLxAFBLkCI

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Oscar Meyer Weiner Jingle

Words and Music Richard D. Trentlage
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmPRHJd3uHI

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The Oyster

Words and Music by Cole Porter
From the musical “Fifty Million Frenchmen”

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Pedigree of Honey

Poem by Emily Dickinson
Sung by Peter Sperry
Heard on album, Paul Sperry sings Romantic American Songs

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Pink Elephants on Parade

Words and Music by Oliver Wallace and Ned Washington
From the Disney Movie “Dumbo”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=944cPciN-kw

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Plenty to be Thankful for  

Words and Music by Irving Berlin
Sung by Bing Crosby
From Holiday Inn (the movie)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gn-X0EucLT0

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Potato

Words by DC Anderson
(Sung to tune of Mexican Hat Dance)

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Pure Imagination

Words and Music by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newly
From the Movie “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZ-uV72pQKI

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RAINBOW CONNECTION
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainbow_Connection
Music and Lyrics by Paul Williams and Kenneth Asche
www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2DTLbTQj0I

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Riddle Song/I Gave My Love a Cherry
Traditional Words and Music
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ce_iH88i4_s

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RUBY THE RED NOSE REINDEER
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2016/11/05/ruby-the-red-nose-reindeer/

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Schoolhouse Rock

Every single song from this series deserves a fabulous Singable Picture Book!

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Sidewalks of New York

Words and Music by James W. Blake and Charles B. Lawler
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsx_uxISjM0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtjRQxlBkXw

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Simon Smith and His Amazing Dancing Bear  

Words and Music by Randy Newman
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GND0R8Q8Qgg

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Skin and Bones (Little Old Woman all Skin and Bone)

A traditional tune/tale, “There was an old woman all skin and bones…oooooooo…BOO!”
This is a terrific “scary” Halloween treat!
Raffi sings this.

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Sleepy Man

Words  by Alfred Uhry
Music by Robert Waldman
From the Musical “The Robber Bridegroom” (based on a book by Eudora Welty)

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Sleigh Ride

Words by Mitchell Parish
Music by Leroy Anderson
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sleigh_Ride
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwHEqx_3BYE

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Sunshine Lollipops and Rainbows 

Words and Music by Marvin Hamlish
Sung by Leslie Gore
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_v468ptuXw

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Sweetest of Nights and the Brightest of Days 

Words by Judith Viorst
Music by Shelley Markham
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txKYU7QtTZM

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Swinging on a Star
(Would You Like to Swing on a Star)
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen
Lyrics by Johnny Burke
www.youtube.com/watch?v=rATftJiWdkw

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Syncopated Clock
Music by Leroy Anderson
Lyrics by Mitchell Parish
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/09/01/the-syncopated-clock-a-song-that-needs-a-great-illustration/

PS:  SLEIGH RIDE and THE WALTZING CAT would also make terrific Illustrated Songs!

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Tongue Twisters 

Words and Music by Roger Edens
Sung by Danny Kaye
Written in 1951
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5qds4fzuHg

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Toys are Magic

Music and Lyrics by Angelo Natalie
From KRIS KRINGLE: THE MUSICAL

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What’s New Pussycat 

Words and Music by Burt Bacharach
Sung by Tom Jones and Ralph Covert
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBdSqk78nHw

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Who Will Buy

Words and Music by Lionel Bart
From the Musical, “Oliver”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4UblTWMw2c

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Windmills of Your Mind

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/02/27/windmills-of-your-mind-words-and-music-and-pictures-in-your-imagination/
Music by Michel LeGrand  
Lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman
Barbra Steisand sings: www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxPp-wRxNoc
Muppets sing:www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xu_6hdGZ6gU

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Wonderful Day for Pie
A hilarious song from Family Guy
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2016/11/03/a-wonderful-day-for-pie-a-song-in-search-of-an-illustrated-book/

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Related Posts

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SINGABLE PICTURE BOOK WISHES 1 (PICTURE BOOKS THAT NEED SONGS)

Like Pinocchio wished to become a real boy, I imagine that these books wish to become Singable.
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/02/28/singable-picture-book-wishes-books-that-wish-to-become-singable-and-songs-that-wish-to-be-illustrated/

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LOLLIPOPS: SONGS ABOUT LOLLIPOPS
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2017/03/28/songs-about-lollipops/

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