Thursday, December 12, 2013

Putting Children's Song Lyrics to Swing Dance Tunes

Did you ever try making kids' songs less boring by putting the lyrics to swing dance melodies?

Here are four I use on car rides.

Old McDonald works well to Sweet Georgia Brown.

Old McDonald had a farm.  E-i-e-i-o.
And on that farm he had a (animal).  E-i-e-i-o.
With a (noise) (noise).  [Softly, with jazz hands: Here and there!]
And a (noise) (noise).  [Softly, with jazz hands: Everywhere!]
Old McDonald had a farm.  E-i-e-i-o. [bum bum bum]

The Alphabet Song works well to Stray Cat Strut almost without change.

The Wheels on the Bus fits It's Only a Paper Moon so well I need not comment.

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly fits It Had to be You.  Just add some "da da ta da da" after the first two lines.

What others can you think of?

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