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The Big Rock Candy Mountain

Traditional Words and Tune
Arrangement by Kathy Boyd and Mark Gensman
Illustrated by John Kanzler

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This song has been attributed, with some dispute on both sides, to Billy Mack and Harry McClintock. This book features printed music arranged by Kathy Boyd and Mark Gensman.

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Since the original song includes some lyrics that, though not immoral, are not appropriate for children to sing in school, I appreciate that this book includes some sweet adaptations.

The Big Rock Candy Mountain
Traditional Words and Tune
Arrangement by Kathy Boyd and Mark Gensman
Illustrated by John Kanzler

One evening as the sun went down
And supper Ma was burnin’,
Down the stairs came dear ole Pa,
And he said, “Kids, I’m not turnin’.

I’m headed for a land that’s far away,
Beside the chocolate fountain
So come with me and we’ll go and see
The Big Rock Candy Mountain.”

Oh, the buzzing of the bees in the lollipop trees,
By the chocolate milkshake fountain,
Near the lemonade springs where the bluebird sings,
On the Big Rock Candy Mountain.

On the Big Rock Candy Mountain
There’s a land that’s fair and bright –
Where the jellybeans grow on the bushes,
And you sleep out ev’ry night;

Where the hillsides are all grassy,
And the sun shines ev’ry day.
Oh, I’m bound to go where there’s fresh white snow,
Where the rain don’t fall and the wind don’t blow,
On the Big Rock Candy Mountain.

Oh, the buzzing of the bees in the lollipop trees,
By the chocolate milkshake fountain,
Near the lemonade springs where the bluebird sings,
On the Big Rock Candy Mountain.

On the Big Rock Candy Mountain
The bears wear crazy socks.
And little streams of root beer float
Come tricklin’ down the rocks.

Oh, the grown-ups all wear silly hats
And the teachers always grin.
There’s a lake there, too, of marshmallow goo,
And you can paddle all around it in a big canoe,
On the Big Rock Candy Mountain.

Oh, the buzzing of the bees in the lollipop trees,
By the chocolate milkshake fountain,
Near the lemonade springs where the bluebird sings,
On the Big Rock Candy Mountain.

On the Big Rock Candy Mountain
The chairs have peppermint legs.
The big dogs all have rubber teeth
And the hens lay chocolate eggs.

The candy trees are full of treats and the barns are full of s’mores.
Oh, I’m bound to go where there’s fresh white snow,
Where the rain don’t fall and the wind don’t blow,
On the Big Rock Candy Mountain.

Oh, the buzzing of the bees in the lollipop trees,
By the chocolate milkshake fountain,
Near the lemonade springs where the bluebird sings,
On the Big Rock Candy Mountain.

On the Big Rock Candy Mountain
They dig for chocolate gold.
And if the truth be told,
You’ll never catch a cold.

There’s no such thing as salty tears,
No bruises, bumps, nor scrapes.
Oh, I’m bound to stay where you can play all day,
Where the skies are blue and never turn gray,
On the Big Rock Candy Mountain.

Oh, the buzzing of the bees in the lollipop trees,
By the chocolate milkshake fountain,
Near the lemonade springs where the bluebird sings,
On the Big Rock Candy Mountain.

I’ll see you all this coming fall
On the Big Rock Candy Mountain!

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AMERICAN FOLK SONGS

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THE SYNCOPATED CLOCK

Music by Leroy Anderson
Lyrics by Mitchell Parish

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THE SYNCOPATED CLOCK

Music by Leroy Anderson
Lyrics by Mitchell Parish
Sung by Rosemary Clooney

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Some terrific album cover art for SYNCOPATED CLOCK

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THE SYNCOPATED CLOCK (album cover art)

Music by Leroy Anderson
Lyrics by Mitchell Parish
Vocals by Rosemary Clooney
This is a song that does not have, but NEEDS, an illustration!

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THE SYNCOPATED CLOCK (Little Golden Record album cover art)
Music by Leroy Anderson
Lyrics by Mitchell Parish
This is a song that does not have, but NEEDS, an illustration!

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THE SYNCOPATED CLOCK
Music by Leroy Anderson
Lyrics by Mitchell Parish

There was a man like you and me, as simple as a man could ever be;
And he was happy as a king, except for one peculiar thing.
He had a clock that worked all right,
It worked all right, but not exactly quite;
Instead of going “tick, tock, tick”, the crazy clock went “tock, tick, tock”.
The poor old man just raved and raved, because nobody could say why his silly clock
behaved that hickory dickory way.
But now a famous man is he,
He owns a public curiosity;
From far and wide people flock to hear THE SYNCOPATED CLOCK.
Tick-a-tock, tick-a-tock,
There’s a zing in the swing of that clock,
Tock-a-tick, tock-a-tick,
Don’t you think it’s marvelous trick?
Ting-a-ling, ting-a-ling,
There’s a zong in the bong of that ring,
Ling-a-ting, ling-a-ting,
Don’t you think it’s a wonderful thing?
The experts came to hear and see,
But none of them could solve the mystery,
They called Professor Einstein too,
He said “There’s nothing I can do.”
But soon the fickle human race will find another freak to take its place,
And one fine day the man will hock the poor old SYNCOPATED CLOCK.

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Find more lyrics for music by Leroy Anderson, here:
http://www.leroyanderson.com/lyrics.php

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

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

My family just got back from a wonderful trip to Colonial Williamsburg.  The music programs there are always fantastic with professional musicians and experts in 18th c. music and instruments.  I attended a program called MUSIC ON THE FARM in which they used visual materials from TOMMY THUMB’S PRETTY SONGBOOK, the earliest known book of nursery rhymes for children.

I’m very interested in reading and owning this collection, but it’s a bit pricey at nearly $300.  Maybe a nice used copy will come for sale:

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Tommy Thumb’s Pretty Song Book: The First Collection of English Nursery Rhymes; With a History and Annotations
Words and Tunes by Various Artists
Scholarly Commentary by Andrea Immel and Brian Alderson
ISBN-13: 978-0615678764

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Scholarly article on TOMMY THUMB’S PRETTY SONGBOOK, here:
http://www.the-tls.co.uk/tls/public/article1383407.ece 

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Historical info about TOMMY THUMB’S PRETTY SONGBOOK, here:
http://www.bl.uk/collection-items/tommy-thumbs-pretty-song-book

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TOMMY THUMB’S PRETTY SONGBOOK wiki, here:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tommy_Thumb%27s_Pretty_Song_Book

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In Colonial Williamsburg’s MUSIC ON THE FARM program, they sited a few songs familiar to SBWE, that just happen to be featured in SBWE’s Many Songs, One Twinkly Tune set of songs:

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ah vous dirai-je maman lyrics & chords ELEG 4 SBWE
AH VOUS DIRAI-JE MAMAN ILLUSTRATED SONG SHEET WITH GUITAR CHORDS BY ELEG FOR SBWE
Traditional Words and Tun
Page Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this sheet, click here:
ah vous dirai-je maman lyrics & chords ELEG 4 SBWE

One of the musicians played this tune (and a few of Mozart’s variations) on a real harpsichord (that was so cool!).

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Twinkle Little Star Song Sheet with Guitar Chords by ELEG for SBWE
Words by Jane Taylor
Traditional Tune
Page Coordinated by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus for SBWE
To view or print this song sheet, click here:
twinkle little star sheet w chords by ELEG for SBWE

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Baa Baa Black Sheep Song Sheet with Guitar Chords by ELEG for SBWE
Traditional Words and Tune
Page Coordinated by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this page, click here:
baa baa blacksheep eleg sbwe 1 page

BAA BAA BLACKSHEEP was the tune they played and sang which was featured in TOMMY THUMB’S PRETTY SONG BOOK

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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
https://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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MOTHER GOOSE NURSERY RHYMES FOR SBWE
A compilation of Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme titles linked to posts about the rhymes so you can learn more and sing along
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/nursery-rhymes-and-mother-goose-for-sbwe/

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MOTHER GOOSE AND NURSERY RHYMES – INDIVIDUALLY ILLUSTRATED
Mother Goose and Nursery Rhymes with Individually Illustrated Singable Picture Books
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/08/23/mother-goose-and-nursery-rhymes-with-individually-illustrated-singable-picture-books/

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MOTHER GOOSE AND NURSERY RHYME COMPILATIONS

A list containing compilations of Mother Goose and Nursery Rhyme Singable Picture Books, including links and resources for learning, singing, and playing the tunes
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/07/19/mother-goose-singable-picture-books-rhymes-and-songs-in-compilations/

With a catchy tune and sneaky educational value, this is a kid favorite, often requested.  For lots more information and educational resources about FIFTY NIFTY STATES, just click on the title.

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Fifty Nifty States
Words and Music by Ray Charles
Book Assembled by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
This item is for classroom, home, or library use only.

Sing Fifty Nifty States along with me, here:

http://soundcloud.com/singbookswithemily/fifty-nifty-eleg-vocals

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Fifty Nifty States, an Illustrated Song

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/08/19/fifty-nifty-states-a-singable-picture-book/

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FIFTY NIFTY STATES, 9/01/2015
SONG OF THE DAY
Sing Books with Emily (SBWE), Illustrated Songs of the Day:
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/07/31/sbwe-songs-of-the-day/

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United States STATE CAPITALS Song
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/06/24/usa-state-capitals-song/

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FOURTH OF JULY AND OTHER HOLIDAYS CELEBRATING THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND HER CITIZENS AND HISTORY
A list of Singable Picture Books celebrating the Fourth of July
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/06/22/a-patriotic-list-of-singable-books-for-july-4th/

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EDUCATIONAL CONTENT

A list of SPBs with fun and sneakily educational content.  The kids won’t even know they’re learning!
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/08/15/singable-picture-books-with-sneaky-educational-content/

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SINGALBE PICTURE BOOK LISTS FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS AND INSTERESTS

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/song-book-lists-for-all-occasions/

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SING ALONG RESOURCES AND PRINTABLE MATERIALS:

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/sing-along-resources-2/

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RHODE ISLAND IS FAMOUS FOR YOU, A SINGABLE PICTURE BOOK

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/08/26/rhode-island-is-famous-for-you-a-singable-picture-book/

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Preamble (1987) by Mike Wilkins, Singable Art…and We The Kids, a Singable Picture Book

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/02/15/preamble-1987-by-mike-wilkins-singable-art/

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Fifty Nifty States, a Singable Picture Book

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/08/19/fifty-nifty-states-a-singable-picture-book/

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Schoolhouse Rock Singable Picture Books

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/04/27/school-house-rock-singable-picture-books-but-just-a-few/

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Favorite States

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/12/26/favorite-states/

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Electronic Superhighway, Singable Art at Smithsonian’s American Art Museum
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/01/22/electronic-superhighway-singable-art-at-smithsonians-american-art-museum/

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Fifty Knifty States

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/01/22/fifty-knifty-knitted-states/

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SINGABLE PLACEMATS

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/02/15/singable-placemats/

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NBC 2012 Ice Rink Election Map at Rockefeller Center / Democracy Plaza
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/11/07/nbc-2012-ice-rink-election-map-at-rockefeller-center-democracy-plaza/

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GEOGRAPHY SONGS IN SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/12/05/geography-songs-in-singable-picture-books/

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Smart About the Fifty States (a Class Report), a Terrific Compliment to FIFTY NIFTY
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/09/27/smart-about-the-fifty-states-a-class-report-a-terrific-compliment-to-fifty-nift

The easiest way to avoid wrong notes is to never open your mouth and sing. What a mistake that would be.

Pete Seeger

pete seeger wiki

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With all my heart and soul, I love this song.  I think it is one of the best songs ever written.  This illustration by Eric Puybaret is incredibly beautiful and wonderfully includes the seldom heard introduction that Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg wrote for it.

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Over the Rainbow
Words and Music by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg
Illustrated by Eric Puybaret
Published by Imagine Publishing Inc.
ISBN 978-1-936140-00-8 (2010 hard cover edition), ISBN-13: 978-1623540449 (2014 boardbook edition)

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OVER THE RAINBOW, AN ILLUSTRATED SONG
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/03/08/over-the-rainbow-a-singable-book/

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Addendum 9/1/2015

A lovely comment to this blog reminded of Ella Fitzgerald’s version of OVER THE RAINBOW, which also includes the song introduction.  As with everything Ella Fitgerald did, it is just so good:

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Ella Fitzgerald’s version of OVER THE RAINBOW

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XoxQFFAPnFY

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OVER THE RAINBOW, 8/31/2015
SONG OF THE DAY
Sing Books with Emily (SBWE), Illustrated Songs of the Day:
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/07/31/sbwe-songs-of-the-day/

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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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Over the Rainbow…Additional Info

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/04/23/over-the-rainbow-a-singable-picture-book-additional-info/

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OVER THE RAINBOW,  AN AMERICAN ICON ORIGINALLY SUNG BY AN AMERICAN MASTER
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/11/25/over-the-rainbow-an-american-icon-originally-sung-by-an-american-master/

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OVER THE RAINBOW, A SINGABLE PICTURE BOOK
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/03/08/over-the-rainbow-a-singable-book/

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DRAW ME A SONG, SINGABLE POSTERS
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/06/05/draw-me-a-song-singable-posters/

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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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SINGABLE ART (ON SING BOOKS WITH EMILY BLOG)

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Eloise’s Homage to Singable Picture Books We Love to Sing Together
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/03/19/eloises-homage-to-singable-picture-books-we-love-to-sing-together/

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SBWE GALLERY OF KID’S ART
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/praise-portraits-from-friends-of-sbwe/

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MARTHA GRAHAM QUOTE (MY FRIEND JILL AND ELOISE’S BUNNY ART)
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/06/02/something-martha-graham-said-and-my-friend-jill/

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In Harmony & Other Songs of Peace
Music and Lyrics by Sue Sheriff
Illustrated by Arabella Eldredge

This lovely illustrated song was a gift from one of the wonderful teachers at Tuckahoe Elementary.  It comes with a CD of singer/songwriter Sue Sheriff’s recording.  Printed music is also included.  After the song, you will find pages of content for teaching and enriching the concept of peace.

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TOLERANCE, KINDNESS AND COMPASSION
Singable Picture Books Celebrating Tolerance and Compassion (another list inspired by Nikki)
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/02/28/singable-picture-books-celebrating-tolerance-and-compassion-another-list-inspired-by-nikki/


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