Thanksgiving Tunes are Slim Pickn's

by FiddleChick@evpl on Friday, November 21 2008, 2:27pm. Viewed 2,796 times.

As I was getting ready for my program, Music Mania, I did what I always do; I research tunes that I can play on violin or guitar.  However, I didn't expect Thanksgiving to be an underappreciated musical holiday.  Of course, many may already know that "Over the River and Through the Woods" would be a spectacular tune to play as it is a Thanksgiving song.  However, it’s not a very interactive song and at times...these kids get bored fast if you don't keep them moving.  So, what did I do?  I changed up the lyrics on a few tunes I already had and created some new ones as well.  One song in particular that I really enjoyed was a traditional mountain music song I found which held only one verse and one refrain.  I ended up creating 3 new verses by finding a silly Thanksgiving poem and inserting the refrain after every verse. 

 

Turkey Song

 

As I came over yonders hill,

I spied a mighty turkey,

he flapped his wings and he spread his tail,

and his feet looked awful dirty. 

 

Refrain

Fol-link-a-tidy,

Fol-de-link-a-tidy-o,

Fol-link-a-tidy,

and his feet looked awful dirty. 

 

I'm full of tomatoes,

and french fried potatoes,

my stomach is swollen and sore,

but there's still some dessert,

 so I guess it won't hurt,

if I eat just a little bit more. 

 

Refrain

 

Using tunes with simple refrain or chorus are always the best to use with children; especially if they are silly and easy to learn. 


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