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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