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The songs we love best are those that express our deepest feelings and give shape to our experience of the world.
Children need such songs as much as adults do.

1. Scrub-a-Dub

Your fingernails are dirty, they’re as dirty as can be
Your mother says, ‘Disgusting! Wherever have you been?’
With hot, soapy water there is something you can do to get them clean

Scrub-a-dub, scrub-a-dub
You can clean your fingernails if you scrub-a-dub
Scrub-a-dub, scrub-a-dub
You can clean anything, if you scrub-a-dub.

Now after Sunday dinner, we’ve had lots to eat and drink
But all those dirty dishes are piled up in the sink
The pots and pans are greasy, how on earth are we going to clean them… think!

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All the buses in the city, they get covered in dirt and grime
In rain or sun, or hail and snow, it’s worse in wintertime
But at night, down the depot, there are people cleaning buses till they shine

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And now the keepers at the zoo have really got a job
An elephant called Susie has been playing in the mud
She’s dirty and she’s dusty, how’s the keeper going to clean her up?

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2. The Day We Moved

The day we moved, I never thought we would get there
I never thought they would squeeze all our things into the van
The beds, the tables and the frying pan
The day we moved, I never thought I’d feel so empty
Just like the house that we were leaving, empty and bare,
No sign of us left anywhere.

And when we moved, I never thought I’d feel so strange
Now that everything had changed and we were upstairs, downstairs
Where’s my bedroom? Is that the loo?
And when we moved, all our neighbours stayed behind
All the shops a different kind, and we were starting something new.

The day we moved, I never thought I’d feel so happy
When they started bringing all of our things out of the van
The beds, the tables and the frying pan
The day we moved, our new doorbell kept on ringing
It was neighbours bringing tea and biscuits, ‘How do you do?’
And the house next door has got children too…

3. In the Family 

I’ve got a grandpa, my dad’s dad
He lives in a house with a garden at the back
He loves his garden and he loves my granny too
He tells me stories of the olden days, when he was just a lad
That’s my grandad… he’s in the family.

In the family… In the family…
They’re a funny old lot, but they’re all I’ve got, and we’re all in the family.

I’ve got an auntie, her name’s Jean
She came last Sunday, stayed for tea
She brought her puppy and it ate my mama’s shoe
She lives with a budgie and a ginger cat, and my uncle Alec too
And my cousins Drew (and Hugh and Lou) – what a family.

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I’ve got cousins, Terry and Jane
We went to see them on the train
Their mum’s my mum’s sister and her name is Sue
We only see them every now and then ‘cause they live so far away
But anyway… they’re in the family.

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I’ve got an uncle, his name’s Ray
He’s getting married next Saturday
He’s going to have a wife, and she’s going to be my auntie too
We’re going to the wedding and we’ll all be there, cousins and uncles and aunts
And we’ll have a dance, altogether in the family.

4. Ladybird, Ladybird

Ladybird, ladybird, moving so gentle and slow
On a cabbage leaf, underneath the tree at the end of the row
Ladybird, ladybird, won’t you please crawl on my hand
There you go, gently so, over and under again.

I feel the tickle of tiny feet scampering quickly away
Ladybird, ladybird, don’t be so troubled, please stay.

Ladybird, ladybird, how many spots on your back?
Let me see, I’ve counted three, there must be lots more than that
Ladybird, ladybird, don’t be so eager to fly
Stay with me, play with me, we can be friends, you and I.

I feel the tickle of tiny feet, scurrying near and far
Ladybird, ladybird, beautiful beetle you are, you are
Beautiful beetle you are.

5. Ooh, That’s Lovely Grub

For breakfast I like bacon, a bowl of porridge too
Some scrambled eggs, if I can make ‘em, sets me up the whole day through
I like curry, I like carrots, I like chips and I like corn
I am crazy for chapatis, crackers for some cheese at dawn
Hey what’s cooking? Rub-a-dub dub, ooh that’s lovely grub
Ooh, that’s lovely grub.

At dinner time I might have soup, I might have pie and beans
Or maybe bangers served with mash, that’s a dinner fit for kings and queens
I like leeks and I like lettuce, I like lentils, I like lamb
I like lemon with my lobster, what a lucky man I am
Hey what’s cooking? Rub-a-dub dub, ooh that’s lovely grub
Ooh, that’s lovely grub.

At tea-time I might have a chop, or maybe I’ll just have veg
A shepherd’s pie is my delight, ‘cause I love those crusty bits round the edge
I like beans and I like beetroot, I like borscht and I like beef
Broccoli is blooming lovely, baps and bagels are a treat
Hey what’s cooking? Rub-a-dub dub, ooh that’s lovely grub.

I like fruit and I like fibre, I like fennel, I like fish
Fricasées are fun, fantastic, fillet steak’s my favourite dish
Hey what’s cooking? Rub-a-dub dub, ooh that’s lovely grub
Ooh, that’s lovely grub. Ooh, that’s lovely… ooh, that’s lovely grub.

6. What’s the Time, Mr Wolf?

A bird is singing. An alarm clock ringing. And a postman whistling…
What’s the time, Mr. Wolf?
It’s time to get up! And the hands on the clock say… seven o’clock

Kettle’s boiling. Cornflakes pouring. Toast is popping…
What’s the time, Mr. Wolf?
It’s breakfast time! And the hands on the clock say… eight o’clock

Parents hurrying. Children scurrying. School-bell thundering…
What’s the time, Mr. Wolf?
It’s time for school! And the hands on the clock say… nine o’clock

Girls are skipping. Boys are chasing. Footballs are whizzing…
What’s the time, Mr. Wolf?
It’s playtime! And the hands on the clock say… eleven o’clock

Saucepans simmering. Tummies rumbling. Ooh, I’m hungering!
What’s the time, Mr. Wolf?
It’s lunchtime! And the hands on the clock say… twelve o’clock

Mums and dads are gathering. School-bags clattering. Children scattering…
What’s the time, Mr. Wolf?
It’s time to go home! And the hands on the clock say… three o’clock.

Table-cloth fluttering. Bread is buttering. TV muttering…
What’s the time, Mr. Wolf?
It’s teatime! And the hands on the clock say… five o’clock

Teeth are scrubbing. Towels are rubbing. Hair is brushing…
What’s the time, Mr. Wolf?
It’s bath time!. And the hands on the clock say… seven o’clock

Pyjamas ready. Where’s my teddy?.Goodnight everybody…
What’s the time, Mr. Wolf?
It’s bedtime! Goodnight! Sleep tight!

7. Pipes and Taps

We’ve got water in the house to cook and clean and give us a drink
Water in the bathroom, water in the kitchen sink
Water in the radiator hanging on the wall
Busy, busy water in the pipes underneath the floor
Now let me tell you some more…

Well, the water goes gurgle… And the water goes splash…
Drip, drip, dribble… With a bubble and a crash… / as you pour it in the glass
Yes the water goes gurgle and the water goes splash,
Drip, dribble drip as it’s running from the taps, oh yeah…
We’ve got water everywhere.

We’ve got water in the upstairs, water in the downstairs too
Water in the bathtub, water in the loo
Up and down the stairway, there behind the wall
Water in the pipes that you never ever see at all
‘til it comes running when you call.

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And we’ve got water in the country… we’ve got water at school
Water in the café… and water in the pool
Water in the river… salty water in the sea
Water in the clouds… that comes raining down on you and me

We’ve got water pipes in the street underneath the pavement
And the fire-engine puts out fires with water from the hydrant
Water for the washing, water to be drunk
If it wasn’t for the water, we would be sunk, that’s facts
Without our pipes and taps.

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8. Have You Ever Made a Wish?

Have you ever made a wish… and wished it to come true?
When you want to make a wish… I wonder what you do
Do you take a breath and close your eyes? Is that what you do?
Take a breath, close your eyes… may your wish come true.

Have you ever made a wish… and wished it to come true?
When you want to make a wish… I wonder what you do
Do you turn yourself around three times? Is that what you do?
Turn yourself around three times… may your wish come true.

Have you ever made a wish… and wished it to come true?
When you want to make a wish… I wonder what you do
Do cross your fingers clap your hands? Is that what you do?
Cross your fingers, clap your hands… may your wish come true

Have you ever made a wish… and wished it to come true?
When you want to make a wish… I wonder what you do
Do you take a breath and close your eyes? Is that what you do?
Take a breath, close your eyes… may your wish come true.

9. They’re Digging Up the Road Again

They’re digging up the road again; They’re digging up the road again
Oh my, mama’s going to cry, They’re digging up the road again

We’re sitting in a traffic jam; We’re sitting in a traffic jam
Boo-hoo, what are we to do? We’re sitting in a traffic jam

We’re going to be late for school; We’re going to be late for school
Oh gosh, teacher will be cross, We’re going to be late for school

We’ll have to leave the car and walk; We’ll have to leave the car and walk
What a pain! Now it’s going to rain, We’ll have to leave the car and walk

Oh my, mama’s going to cry
Boo-hoo, what are we to do?
Oh gosh, teacher will be cross
What a hike… should have come by bike!

Yes, they’re digging up the road again; They’re digging up the road again
They’re digging up the road again

10. The Smallest Christmas Tree

In the middle of the forest stands a tall tree, lifting up its branches to the sky
In a corner of the forest, maybe you can see, there beside the path there’s a tiny tree
Yes it’s a small tree, a rather sad tree, with branches all tattered and torn
But that small tree… will be our Christmas tree… and it will bring our Christmas home.

At the corner of the street beside the market, a forest has come to town
With tall trees, small trees, maybe you can see, there in the corner is a tiny tree
Yes it’s a small tree, a rather sad tree, with branches all tattered and torn
But that small tree… will be our Christmas tree… and it will bring our Christmas home.

In a corner of the room beside the fireplace, we decorate our Christmas tree
With tinsel on the branches, maybe you can see, baubles and sweeties, one, two, three
And if we reach up to the highest high we find a place for the star to shine
And that small tree… is our Christmas tree… and it brings our Christmas home.

11. Goodnight, Mr. Moon

Gentle moon that gives us light
Through the darkness of the night
Will you kindly tell us, pray,
Where you go to in the day
In your starry nest, do you ever rest?

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Goodnight, Mr. Moon
We shall have to go and leave you
Goodnight, Mr. Moon
Come again and see us soo-o-o-o-o-o-oon
And when we’re asleep
Through the window pane you’ll peep
We’ll wake up and call out
‘Goodnight, Mr. Moon’.

Up and down the moonbeams bright
Do the fairies dance all night?
Mother says she’s sure they do
So, of course, it must be true
In your starry nest, do you ever rest?

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In your starry nest, do you ever rest?

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