E1: Valerie’s Favorites – Transcript

E1: Valerie’s Favorites – Transcript

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This transcript is for the Sing Along with Mandy Podcast show, “Valerie’s Favorites”. You can listen to the entire episode here!

Greeting

Hi Friends! Welcome to the Sing Along with Mandy Podcast. I’m Mandy, and I’m so glad you’re here. 

I love to sing songs and play fun – and sometimes silly – games and I especially love to sing and play with you. We’re going to sing lots of lovely songs today. 

If you don’t know a song yet, don’t worry! Just listen and sing along when you can. 

Intro

Have you ever had one song that you just love to hear? Maybe hearing that special song makes you want to dance or maybe you know every word or maybe hearing that songs just makes you feel warm inside and brings a smile to your face. Have you ever felt like that about a song?

My little girl, Valerie Frances, has loved to hear some of her favorite songs over and over and over again. I got the idea from this podcast when Valerie and I were singing together in our truck on a long road trip from Nashville, Tennessee to Birmingham, Alabama, so I thought we’d start this podcast with a few of her favorites.

Oh! Susanna

I came from Alabama,

With my banjo on my knee,

I’m goin’ to Louisiana,

My true love for to see;

It rain’d all night the day I left,

The weather it was dry,

The sun so hot I froze to death,

Susanna, don’t you cry.

CHORUS

Oh! Susanna, 

Oh don’t you cry for me,

I’ve come from Alabama

With my banjo on my knee.

I had a dream the other night

When everything was still,

I thought I saw Susanna

A coming down de hill;

The buckwheat cake was in her  mouth,

The tear was in her eye;

Says I, “I’m coming from the south,

Susanna, don’t you cry.”

CHORUS

Oh! Susanna, 

Oh don’t you cry for me,

I’ve come from Alabama

With my banjo on my knee.

Source: Adapted from https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Oh!_Susanna_(original_lyrics)

London Bridge

London Bridge is falling down,

Falling down, falling down.

London Bridge is falling down,

My fair lady.

Build it up with iron bars,

Iron bars, iron bars. 

Build it up with iron bars,

My fair lady.

Iron bars rust and bend, 

Rust and bend, rust and bend,

Iron bars rust and bend, 

My fair lady.

Build it up with silver and gold,

silver and gold, silver and gold.

Build it up with silver and gold,

My fair lady.

Silver and gold I’ve not got, 

I’ve not got, I’ve not got.

Silver and gold I’ve not got,

My fair lady.

London Bridge is falling down,

Falling down, falling down.

London Bridge is falling down,

My fair lady.

Source: Adapted from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_Bridge_Is_Falling_Down

Finger Play – Where is Thumbkin?

Where is thumbkin, where is thumbkin?

Here I am, here I am.

How are you today sir? Very well, I thank you.

Run away, run away.

Where is pointer, where is pointer?

Here I am, here I am.

How are you today ma’am? Very well, I thank you.

Run away, run away.

Where is tall man, where is tall man?

Here I am, here I am.

How are you today sir? Very well, I thank you.

Run away, run away.

Where is ring man, where is ring man?

Here I am, here I am.

How are you today ma’am?  Very well, I thank you.

Run away, run away.

Where is pinkie, where is pinkie?

Here I am, here I am.

How are you this morning? Very well, I thank you.

Run away, run away.

Where’s the whole family, where’s the whole family?

Here we are, here we are.

How are you this morning? Very well, we thank you.

Run away, run away.

Source: Adapted from https://www.lyricsondemand.com/miscellaneouslyrics/childsongslyrics/whereisthumbkinlyrics.html

Little eBunny Foo Foo

This next song is a little silly.

Little Bunny Foo Foo, 

Hopping through the forest,

Scooping up the field mice, 

And boppin’ ’em on the head.

(Spoken) 

Down came the Good Fairy, and she said,

“Little Bunny Foo Foo,

I don’t want to see you,

Scooping up the field mice

And bopping them on the head.”

(Spoken)

“I’ll give you three chances,

And if you don’t behave,

I’ll turn you into a goon!”

The next day…..

Rhythm Repeat Game

Directions: Can you clap your hands? (Clap) Can you snap your fingers? (Snap) Can you slap your legs? (Slap) I call this next game Rhythm Repeat. It’s very easy. 

I’m going to say some very silly words and then you can repeat them. You can clap or snap or slap along too! 

My turn, Your Turn (8 rounds)

Great! I want to teach you one more fun part of the Rhythym Game. We can add a break in the game. In musical terms, it’s called a rest. When you rest, you just hold your hands together. I’ll say (rest) when it’s time, like this!

Ta ta ta (rest) 

Ta ta (rest) ta

Ta ti ti Ta (rest)

Ti ti (rest) ti ti ti ti 

Good! Listen to this pattern again: 

ta ta ta (rest) ta ta ta (rest) ta ta ta (rest)

That reminds me of one of Valerie’s favorite songs. It goes like this.

Ta Ta Ta (rest) 

Ta ta ta (rest) 

ta ta ta (rest). 

See if you can hear that in this next song!

Mary Had a Little Lamb

Mary had a little lamb, 

Little lamb, little lamb,

Mary had a little lamb, 

It’s fleece was white as snow;

Everywhere that Mary went

Mary went, Mary went,

Everywhere that Mary went

The lamb was sure to go.

He followed her to school one day

School one day, school one day,

He followed her to school one day

Which was against the rule;

It made the children laugh and play,

Laugh and play, laugh and play,

It made the children laugh and play,

To see a lamb at school.

And so the teacher turned it out,

Turned it out, turned it out,

And so the teacher turned it out,

But still he lingered near;

And waited patiently about

Patiently, patiently,

And waited patiently about

Till Mary did appear

“Why does the lamb love Mary so?”

Mary so, Mary so

“Why does the lamb love Mary so?”

The eager children cry;

“Why, Mary loves the lamb, you know,”

Lamb you know, lamb you know, 

“Mary loves the lamb, you know,”

The teacher did reply.

Source: Adapted from: http://www.wordsforlife.org.uk/songs/mary-had-little-lamb

Did you hear the Ta Ta Ta (rest) Ta ta ta (rest) ta ta ta (rest)? 

It sounded like Little Lamb, little lamb, little lamb!

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,

How I wonder what you are!

Up above the world so high,

Like a diamond in the sky.

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,

How I wonder what you are!

When this blazing sun is gone,

When he nothing shines upon,

Then you show your little light,

Twinkle, twinkle, through the night.

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,

How I wonder what you are!

Then the traveller in the dark

Thanks you for your tiny spark;

He could not see where to go,

If you did not twinkle so.

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,

How I wonder what you are!

Source: Adapted from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twinkle,_Twinkle,_Little_Star

Closing

I hope you’ve enjoyed singing along with me today during the first show of the Sing Along with Mandy Podcast. I have loved playing and singing with you. 

If you have a favorite song like Valerie, and you’d like me to include it in a future episode of the Sing Along with Mandy Podcast, ask your adult to let me know. I’ll leave links in the show notes with ways to contact me. Be sure to ask your adult to hit subscribe and leave a review if you loved singing along!

Next time we’ll sing songs all about one of my favorite things when it’s hot hot hot outside…. Water! I can’t wait to Sing Along with you then!

Goodbye goodbye goodbye – Sing Along with you next time!

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