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Song of the Week: The Green Grass Grew All Around

In an effort to keep things interesting (and me on my toes), every week I learn a new song to sing with my son. This week’s song is called “The Green Grass Grew All Around.” There are many different versions of this song, which is popular at toddler music groups and classes.

Since there are so many variations on the lyrics I’ve taken to making up my own words as the song goes along. As you’ll see, it’s pretty easy to extend the song by describing things in even more detail. (You could sing about the leaves on the tree or the beak on the bird, for example.) I also generally sing the sung much slower than Captain Kangaroo does in the example below!

“The Green Grass Grew All Around”

Words By William Jerome
Melody By Harry Von Tilzer

There was a hole in the middle of the ground
The prettiest hole that you ever did see.
Well, the hole in the ground
And the green grass grew all around and around
And the green grass grew all around.

And in this hole there was tree
The prettiest tree that you ever did see
Well the tree in the hole
And the hole in the ground
And the green grass grew all around and around
And the green grass grew all around.

And on this tree there was a branch…
The prettiest branch that you ever did see
Well the limb on the tree
And the tree in the hole
And the hole in the ground
And the green grass grew all around and around
And the green grass grew all around.

And on this limb there was a nest…
The prettiest nest that you ever did see
Well the nest on the branch
And the branch on the tree
And the tree in the hole
And the hole in the ground
And the green grass grew all around and around
And the green grass grew all around.

And in this nest there was an egg…
The prettiest egg that you ever did see
Well the egg in the nest
And the nest on the branch
And the branch on the tree
And the tree in the hole
And the hole in the ground
And the green grass grew all around and around
And the green grass grew all around.

And in this egg there was a bird…
The prettiest bird that you ever did see
Well the bird on the egg
And the egg in the nest
And the nest on the branch
And the branch on the tree
And the tree in the hole
And the hole in the ground
And the green grass grew all around and around
And the green grass grew all around.

And on this wing, there was a feather…
The prettiest feather that you ever did see
Well the feather on the bird
And the bird on the egg
And the egg in the nest
And the nest on the branch
And the branch on the tree
And the tree in the hole
And the hole in the ground
And the green grass grew all around and around
And the green grass grew all around.