I found the following version in "Our Paper" Vol. Whoever the children are in your life - your kids, your grandkids, your students, even yourself in your heart - Kid Songs Around The World is a wonderful way to help them experience other languages and cultures. We've gathered of our favorite songs and rhymes from all the continents of the globe. Over pages! Each song includes the full text in the original language, with an English translation, and most include sheet music. All include links to web pages where you can listen to recordings, hear the tune or watch a video performance. Each includes a beautiful illustration. Many have commentary sent to us by our correspondents who write about the history of the songs and what they've meant in their lives. We hope this book will help foster a love of international children's songs!
International Music & Culture
by Teresa Jennings
Buy Singles Kit. Buy Presentation Kit. Here's a song for spring that's plain ol' fun to sing. It's a folk style tune with a touch of western flavor a la Aaron Copland in its use of an orchestra and traditional folk instruments. If you play the instrumental version of the tune, your students should be able to hear the orchestra fairly clearly, as well as the banjo, which sort of noodles around throughout the tune after its entrance at measure 6. The addition of claps on the offbeats at the chorus each time also emphasizes the easy-going style. These are optional, of course. The vocal part includes opportunities for optional solo work during the verses.
I Had a Little Bird, It's Name was Enza
It's late and I'm awake Staring at the wall Open up my window Head falls out the door No one else around And a shimmer takes my…. I open up my window Open up my window And let your love come in Every night I open up my window Open up …. Alright I'm goin to teach a lesson You…. Well tonight you might find out Open up my window Once you're in there's no way out I am a river And this river's slowing down…. I let her go Gone, gone, gone black widow I let her go Gone, gone, gone in a dying meadow I just open up my window …. No need to argue If she's going I let her go Gone, gone, gone into deep slumber Gone, gone as ice melt in the summer I just open up my window No need to argue…. Just needed some time so I could Open up my window Let the air clear out my head Think how fast the years go and all the things I…. I open up my window Open up my window And let your love come in Every night I open up my window Open up … …the motions As I stare out from my room I begin to realize That we're sharing the same moon Now every night I open up my window Open … … up my window And let your love come in Oh, every night I open up my window Open up my window And let your love come….
Open up your windows, open up your eyes Can you tell which way the wind blows, read between the lines and your not perfect, no not tonight But I'm usually playing on your stereo, to ease your mind. I've been working, I've been working all night long Trying to find the melody I'm singing in this song Words come up and then again they're gone Feels like I got the mind block. Open up your windows, open up your eyes Can you tell which way the wind blows, read between the lines The mind stops moving, it works just fine Reggae music on the radio, keeping our minds alive. Open up your minds, find that spark inside Time to focus, realize, good things take their time And suddenly a glitter of a light shines bright Possessing me with all of which I need to speak my mind. Ask me will I stop, no way Cause your energy just dropped, no not today, Ask me will I stop We keep it rocking all day, let it all soak in. I've been working, I've been working all night long Trying to find the spark, finding out what I'm doing wrong No problem I got time to focus on I got some passion and more patience than I thought. Will I stop, no way Cause your energy just dropped, no not today, Ask me will I stop We keep it rocking all day, let it all soak in. Well I found a simple solution I'm bound where places I'm choosing Lying down, gotta get up, keep moving Let it all soak in. Ask me will I stop, no way Cause your energy just dropped, no not today, Ask me will I stop We keep it rocking all day, let it all soak in Ask me will I stop Ask me will I stop.