Words for Go Tell Aunt Rhody?

said: Aug 4, 2011
 145 posts

I have a 3 yr old just going on to this song… does anyone have alternate words that are a bit jollier than about an old grey goose is dead!!

Patricia said: Aug 4, 2011
 Violin, Viola
Martinsville, NJ
50 posts

Go Tell Aunt Rhody, Go Tell Aunt Rhody, Go Tell Aunt Rhody the party is today.
She has the presents and the birthday cake, She has the presents and the cake.
Go Tell Aunt Rhody, Go Tell Aunt Rhody, Go Tell Aunt Rhody, the party is today.

Allison Sargent said: Aug 4, 2011
Allison SargentViolin, Viola
Pflugerville, TX
13 posts

Go tell aunt rhody, John is very sick, go tell Aunt rhody john is sick
on bed.
He ate some popcorn, and some jelly beans,
He ate some candy, and some gum.
Go tell aunt rhody John is very sick,
Go tell aunt rhody, John is sick in bed.

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Alissa said: Aug 4, 2011
Alissa RiebViolin, Suzuki in the Schools, Viola
61 posts

Go tell Aunt Rhody I will play for you, Go tell Aunt Rhody listen now to me
First I play loudly, I use lots of bow. Then I play softly, use less bow.
Go tell Aunt Rhody I will play for you, Go tell Aunt Rhody listen now to me

Brenda Lee Villard said: Aug 4, 2011
 Cello
Edina, MN
27 posts

For kids who are set on the old fashion words of the goose being dead, I just swap in the words “old grey goose is gone.” Some of my students will still insist on the real words, though….maybe it’s a cello thing.

Inger Ross-Kristensen said: Aug 5, 2011
Inger Ross-KristensenPiano
Needham, MA
5 posts

Go tell Aunt Rhody, Go, Go, Tell her now. Go tell Aunt Rhody old grey goose has gone.

If you can find him, tell her, just go down, If you can find him, tell her, stay.

The word “just go down” and “stay” is what we do on the piano, I suppose it if the same for all instruments.

Andrea Hudson said: Aug 5, 2011
Andrea HudsonViolin
18 posts

Go tell Aunt Rhody, John is very sick.
Please tell the doctor, John is sick in bed.
He has a fever, he is very sick,
He took some cherry medicine.
Go tell Aunt Rhody, John is very sick
Please tell the doctor, John is sick in bed.

Laura Flowers Benson said: Aug 7, 2011
Laura Flowers BensonPiano
2 posts

Go tell Aunt Rhody, Johnny’s very sick. Go get the doctor, Johnny’s sick in bed. (then on piano, hand rolls off and moves—”go to the doctor’s and tell what happened”)

He ate some popcorn, and some gummy bears
Then peanut butter on his bread. (Then come back from the doctor’s to original hand position)

Repeat A section lyrics.

Patricia said: Aug 8, 2011
 Violin, Viola
Martinsville, NJ
50 posts

Alissa—Love your lyrics… I changed Happy Farmer to Happy Violinist and use similar lyrics for that song. I like everyone’s lyrics too…. I just stay away from singing about food…. since I am always on a diet and so many kids need to be…. I also have 2 students who have JD and I have to watch any food we have for special occasions and I don’t use candy treats as rewards anymore…. That’s allright—my students would rather me juggle or be goofy with them then get candy?

said: Aug 9, 2011
 145 posts

Thank you everyone for these words
Its really good to have a choice of lyrics for the various types of children we teach ?!!

NTE

Mark Eeles said: Aug 9, 2011
Mark EelesCello
Edmonton, AB
20 posts

Strawberry bowing, smoothly on the string,
Strawberry bowing makes my cello sing,
Up to the A string then we turn around,
softly again with silky sound.
Strawberry bowing, smoothly on the string,
Strawberry bowing makes my cello sing.

Words can be changed to whatever instrument is being studied—violin, viola or bass.
I love these words not only because children love them and but also because they involve making meaningful musical choices.

Gwen Montgomery said: Aug 11, 2011
Gwen MontgomeryViolin
Albuquerque, NM
2 posts

Go tell Aunt Rhody, Go tell Aunt Rhody, Go tell Aunt Rhody the party is today.
We have the presents and the birthday cake; we hope that she can come today.
Go tell Aunt Rhody, Go tell Aunt Rhody, Go tell Aunt Rhody the party is today.

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