I would like words for May Song

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said: Oct 11, 2011
 145 posts

i have a 4 year old pupil and she loves to sing long with the CD with her Mum and wants words for May Song.

Thank you Nellie

Sue Hunt said: Oct 11, 2011
Sue Hunt
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Violin
389 posts

Can’t remember where I found this.

Up the mountain, under a tree,
Sleeps a dragon baby.
Tiny tail and ears so so small,
Hasn’t any teeth, none at all!
Up the mountain, under a tree,
Sleeps a dragon baby.

Music in Practice

Alissa said: Oct 11, 2011
Alissa Rieb
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Suzuki in the Schools, Viola
61 posts

There are lots of words I’m sure! These are from my teacher training with Louise Scott:

See the lightning, Look out the pane, Hear the clouds go rain rain
Thunder Thunder hear it again, Thunder Thunder hear it again (echo),
See the lightning, Look out the pane, Hear the clouds go rain rain

Irene Mitchell said: Oct 11, 2011
Irene Mitchell
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Dallas, TX
111 posts

great ideas! thanks for sharing, everyone!
I learned these at the SPA course last month,
a sweet little girl was singing them:

“Spring is here the birds are near
listen to their singing
black and yellow, red and blue
sing their pretty songs for you
Spring is here the birds are near
listen to their singing”

Irene Mitchell

Barb said: Oct 11, 2011
Barb Ennis
Suzuki Association Member
Cello
678 posts

Irene,

If you call them “song birds” instead of birds, and “bird songs” instead of songs it fits the tune a bit better yet!

Oh, and the version in Sing a Song of Twinkle (Charlene Wilson) also adds the color brown …

“Black and yellow, brown, red and blue”

Barb
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Irene Mitchell said: Oct 11, 2011
Irene Mitchell
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Dallas, TX
111 posts

Yea, Barb, thank you! :o)

Irene Mitchell

Laurel said: Oct 13, 2011
Laurel MacCullochViolin
Langley, BC
120 posts

Here are some that were written by a parent in my studio years ago:

Now the month of May is here! All the children give cheer.
Sun is shining all around; flowers blooming on the ground;
Now the month of May is here! All the children give cheer.

Laurel

Patricia said: Jan 18, 2012
Patricia Nuernberg
Suzuki Association Member
Violin
Kent, WA
13 posts

Can’t remember where I got these either:

Robins flying up to the trees
Feeding all their babies

Worms taste yummy if you have wings
Me, I like to eat other things

Robins flying up to the trees
Feeding all their babies.

My pre-twinklers love to sing and act out the words when the others are playing it in group class.

Andrea Hudson said: Jan 18, 2012
Andrea Hudson
Suzuki Association Member
Violin
26 posts

Here’s some more words!

All the birds return in the spring
Listen to them singing

Robin, Bluebird run in the rain
Whisting, singing, chirping again

All the birds return in the spring
Listen to them singing.

Wendy said: Jan 19, 2012
Wendy Seravalle-Smith
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Cello, Violin
Thornhill, ON
119 posts

words are from Suzuki training “long long ago” in London Ontario:
Birds are singing winter is gone
Fish are in the river

Up above the clouds sail right by
Like big banks of snow in the sky

Birds are singing winter is gone
Fish are in the river

Sheryl Shohet said: Jan 25, 2012
Sheryl Shohet
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Suzuki in the Schools, Viola
7 posts

I have a corny story about a boy who goes for a bike ride with his dog, and stops at the snack shop at the end of his route. He takes care not to give his dog any sugar, but the shop owner always has a dish of water ready for the dog.
He is very hot and thirsty and is impatient, but then remembers his manners, too.
He sings “ice cream cone” all on the first note, to feel the 3 eighth note beats:

Ice cream cone and soda, none for my dog.
Ice cream cone and soda, now, please.
I would like a strawberry cone, (loudly)
I would like a strawberry cone (softly).
Ice cream cone and soda, none for my dog.
Ice cream cone and soda, now, please.

In Waltz, we sing, “Ice cream cone, I’d like an ice cream cone” for the opening rhythm.

This boy returns in Lully Gavotte in Book 2, starting on the C—G in measure 8.
Same corny story. Again, we sing “ice cream cone” on the dotted quarter note:

I would like an
ice cream cone and soda,
Ice cream cone and a soda,
nothing for my dog.

Anne Brennand said: Apr 21, 2015
Anne Brennand
Suzuki Association Member
Cello
Boulder, CO
37 posts

Hi. I know this discussion is several years dormant. However, today in my studio a bright young student noticed while learning May Song, that the melody is similar to the “Tea Pot” song.

At first I was doubtful, that maybe she heard similar phrasing, but the melody differed. However, after researching this on the web, I find that she is correct! https://youtu.be/4vhPnKQG5Nc

Does anyone know the derivation of these melodies (which came first, or borrowed from the other)? Have you have had experience learning these two together, or a group class sharing of the lyrics, etc.? —Anne

Anne Brennand, cellist and cello teacher

Lauren said: Apr 22, 2015
Lauren Lamont
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Edmonds, WA
33 posts

Hi All,

In my studio I’ve developed some fun words that go along with the Monkey Song theme, they go like this (to help with the dotted rhythm):

Tease —the monkey, see how he jumps
Tease —the monkey, all day.

See him swinging up in the trees
Then he’s sleeping, life is a breeze

Tease —the monkey, see how he jumps
Tease —the monkey, all day.

Of course, I keep a stuffed monkey in my studio. :-)

Mengwei said: Apr 22, 2015
Mengwei Shen
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Cello
Jersey City, NJ
120 posts

Source of May Song (and other pieces):
http://www.markpolesky.com/suzuki/vol.1/

Lisa said: May 21, 2015
Lisa HollisViolin, Suzuki Early Childhood Education, Viola
Dorchester, MA
21 posts

Are any of these folk songs in the Suzuki Voice repertoire? I teach a preschool class and would love to use the same words as used in the Suzuki repertoire where applicable, but at this time the Suzuki Voice books are only available to Voice trained teachers. Does anyone have a copy?

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