I’m A Little Teapot (Nursery Rhyme)

I’m A Little Teapot, also known as The Teapot Song, is a popular American children’s song or “nursery rhyme” from the United States of America.

Background/ History/ Origin:

Clarence Z. Kelley and George Harold Sanders originally wrote the song and published it in year 1939.

The song or “rhyme” started when Clarence Kelley, along with his wife, managed a dance school that especially catered for children. They taught the kids the popular tap dance routine called the “Waltz Clog,” but the younger students found the dance too difficult to master. The Teapot Song was used instead because it involved only minimal skills, aside from encouraging natural pantomime.

Since then, the “Teapot Song”, with its “Teapot Tip” dance, became immensely popular not just in America but overseas as well.

Song/Rhyme Meaning: 

The Tea pot song/ nursery rhyme describes a  tea pot or whistling kettle’s heating (then pouring) into tea cups with tea bag or tea leaves. It’s a favorite action song for kids.

Lyrics: 

 I’m a little teapot,
Short and stout.
Here is my handle,
Here is my spout.
When I get all steamed up,
Hear me shout!
Tip me over and pour me out.

NOTE: Other versions use “When the water’s boiling” instead of “When I get all steamed up” and “Lift me up” instead of “Tip me over.” (They are easier to say, for some.)

Alternate Lyrics:

I’m a little teapot,
Short and stout.
Here is my handle,
Here is my spout.
When the water’s boiling,
Hear me shout!
Lift me up and pour me out.

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Hush, Little Baby (Lullaby Song)

Hush, Little Baby (Children’s Song)

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Background/ History/ Origin:

“Hush, Little Baby” is an American traditional lullaby song, but like most traditional folk songs, its  date of origin and author remain unknown. Nonetheless, this song is thought to have been written somewhere in Southern United States.

The song has a simple structure that allows you to add more verses to it, ad lib–a reason why many artists have performed and recorded this favorite children’s song. This lullaby song has also even been adapted into several pop songs (like Emimen’s “Mockingbird.”)

“Hush, Little Baby” has also been used in the play about Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan called “The Miracle Worker.”

Song Meaning:

The words/ lyrics of “Hush, Little Baby” show a mother (or father, etc.) promising all kinds of rewards to the baby or child if he or she “hushes” or becomes quiet.

Many versions have simple changes to the song’s lyrics, but all remain true to its meaning of promising rewards to a child for being quiet.

Hush, Little Baby Words/ Lyrics:

The most common lyrics of Hush, Little Baby are:

Hush, little baby, don’t say a word,
Mama’s gonna buy you a mockingbird.
And if that mockingbird won’t sing,
Mama’s gonna buy you a diamond ring.
And if that diamond ring turned brass,
Mama’s gonna buy you a looking-glass.
And if that looking-glass gets broke,
Mama’s gonna buy you a billy-goat.
And if that billy-goat won’t pull,
Mama’s gonna buy you a cart and bull.
And if that cart and bull turned over,
Mama’s gonna buy you a dog named Rover.
And if that dog named Rover won’t bark,
Mama’s gonna buy you a horse and cart.
And if that horse and cart fell down,
You’ll still be the sweetest little baby in town…

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NOTE: In this Hush, Little Baby version, the following lines are added around the ending:

So hush, little baby, don’t you cry,
Daddy loves you so do I.
Hush, little baby, don’t you cry,
Daddy loves you so do I…

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ALSO, you can substitute Mama with Papa or Dada, etc. or vice versa, depending on your personal preference or your relationship to the child you’re singing to.

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All Things Bright and Beautiful (Children’s Poem)

All Things Bright and Beautiful by Cecil Frances Alexander (Poem/ Hymn/ Song)

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Background/ History/ Origin:

All Things Bright and Beautiful by Cecil Alexander is actually an Anglican (children’s) hymn or song that is also popular with other kinds of Christian denominations. It was first published in 1848 in Cecil Alexander’s collection called Hymns for Little Children. Eventually the children’s hymn/song would also become a popular children’s poem that kids often recite or declaim in school.

This piece has numerous other adaptations and can been sung in tune to several different melodies.

Poetry meaning:

The poem/song has stanzas that reflect the verses of the Apostles’ Creed. The words may have been inspired by a verse from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge: “He prayeth best, who loveth best; All things great and small; For the dear God who loveth us; He made and loveth all.”

Its inspiration may have also come from Natural Theology by William Paley which emphasizes God as the supreme Designer of Nature/ our world.

 

Complete Words:

“All Things Bright And Beautiful” by Cecil Alexander, Hymns for Lit­tle Child­ren, 1848

1.
All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all.

2.
Each little flower that opens,
Each little bird that sings,
He made their glowing colours,
He made their tiny wings.

(All things bright and beautiful…)

3.
The rich man in his castle,
The poor man at his gate,
God made them high and lowly,
And ordered their estate.

(All things bright and beautiful…)

4.
The purple headed mountain,
The river running by,
The sunset and the morning,
That brightens up the sky;−

(All things bright and beautiful…)

5.
The cold wind in the winter,
The pleasant summer sun,
The ripe fruits in the garden,−
He made them every one:

(All things bright and beautiful…)

6.
The tall trees in the greenwood,
The meadows where we play,
The rushes by the water,
We gather every day;−

(All things bright and beautiful…)

7.
He gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell,
How great is God Almighty,
Who has made all things well.

(All things bright and beautiful…)

NOTE: Because the third verse implies the class system (or inequality), many later versions of this poem/song/hymn delete it.

 

Here is one of its most popular versions:

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Lines/ Lyrics:

All Things Bright and Beautiful 

by Cecil Frances Alexander

All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all.

Each little flower that opens,
Each little bird that sings,
He made their glowing colors,
He made their tiny wings.

The purple-headed mountain,
The river running by,
The sunset, and the morning,
That brightens up the sky;

The cold wind in the winter,
The pleasant summer sun,
The ripe fruits in the garden,
He made them every one.

He gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell,
How great is God Almighty,
Who has made all things well.

It’s A Small World (Children’s Song)

Children’s Songs: It’s A Small World

– Written by songwriters Richard Sherman and Robert Sherman; Released by Disney (© Copyright Walt Disney Music Publishing Company)

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It’s A Small World (Lyrics)

It’s a small world, it’s a small world
It’s a small world, it’s a small world

It’s a world of laughter, a world of tears
It’s a world of hope and a world of fears
There’s so much that we share, that it’s time we’re aware
It’s a small world after all

It’s a small world after all, it’s a small world after all
It’s a small world after all, it’s a small, small, small, small world

There is just one moon and one golden sun
And a smile means friendship to everyone
Though the mountains be wide and the oceans are wide
It’s a small world after all

It’s a small world after all, it’s a small world after all
It’s a small world after all, it’s a small, small world


Full Lyrics:

It’s A Small World (Full Lyrics)

It’s a small world, it’s a small world
It’s a small world, it’s a small world

It’s a world of laughter, a world of tears
It’s a world of hope and a world of fears
There’s so much that we share, that it’s time we’re aware
It’s a small world after all

It’s a small world after all, it’s a small world after all
It’s a small world after all, it’s a small, small, small, small world

There is just one moon and one golden sun
And a smile means friendship to everyone
Though the mountains be wide and the oceans are wide
It’s a small world after all

It’s a small world after all, it’s a small world after all
It’s a small world after all, it’s a small, small world

It’s a small world after all, no matter if you’re big or small
Come on everybody let’s bounce to this
Let’s play some love with a little twist
It’s a small world, it’s a small world

It’s a world of laughter, a world of tears
It’s a world of hope and a world of fears
There’s so much that we share, that it’s time we’re aware
It’s a small world after all, it’s a small world

It’s a small world after all
(After all, everybody now)
It’s a small world after all
(After all, can you hear me now?)

It’s a small world after all
(Come on, come on)
It’s a small, small, small, small world
It’s a small world, after all
(After all, everybody now)

It’s a small world after all
(After all)
It’s a small world after all
It’s a small, small, small, small world

It’s a small world after all, it’s a small world after all
It’s a small world after all, it’s a small, small, small, small world
It’s a small world after all, it’s a small world after all
It’s a small world after all, it’s a small, small, small, small world

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