Song Lyrics

 

 “Songs of the Sunflowers”

Belle Sherman School
Sunflower Room
First Grade, Ithaca, NY

This project was supported by grants from the Ithaca Public Education Initiative and the Fine Arts Booster Group and with support from the Ithaca College School of Music and many community volunteers.

 

Funga Alafia
 -Western African Greeting Song

Funga alafia,
ah-shay ah-shay.

Funga alafia,
ah-shay ah-shay.

Ah-shay ah-shay.
Ah-shay, ah-shay.

With my heart I welcome you.
Ah-shay ah-shay.

With my mind I welcome you.
Ah-shay ah-shay.

With my voice I welcome you.
Ah-shay ah-shay.

Nothing up my sleeves, you see.
Ah-shay ah-shay.
Funga alafia,
ah-shay ah-shay.

Funga alafia,
ah-shay ah-shay.

Ah-shay ah-shay.
Ah-shay, ah-shay.

Ich Geh Mit Meiner Laterne
-German Harvest Song

Ich geh mit meiner laterne
und meine laterne mit mir.

Da oben leuchten die sterne,
da unten leuchten wir.

Mein licht ist aus.
Ich geh nach haus.

Ra bim mel ra bum mel ra boom!

Mein licht ist aus.
Ich geh nach haus.

Ra bim mel ra bum mel ra boom!


Red River Valley
-Traditional American folk song

From this valley
they say you are going.
We will miss your
bright eyes and sweet smile.

For they say you are
taking the sunshine
that has brightened
my path for a while.

Come and sit by
my side if you love me.
Do not hasten to
bid me adieu.

But remember the
Red River Valley
and the cowboy
who loved you so true.

 

 Po Na-Lo
 
-Karen/Burmese song

Yer mo-mo ler yer eh doe
Yer pa-pa ler yer eh doe
Ger eh ler tha
yer mo-mo pa-pa

Pehda mo-mo ger mer ya
Pehda pa-pa ger mer ya
Tawbo ger ma-ser
mo-mo pa-pa

Ma-ser yehda yer pa-pa
Ma-ser yehda yer mo-mo
Ger mey po thabo
ler er-nalo

Ger they-nya yer mu yer da
Ger ma-bwey yer mu yer da
Po ler a na-lo taw bo de-hra.

 

 Word by Word
-By John Simon

Word by word
Line by line
Reading opens up your mind
Turn the page and you will find
You can be most anywhere

Line by line
page by page
Books are good at any age
Grab a book, it’s all the rage
You can read them anywhere

(repeat)

Grab a book, it’s all the rage
You can read them anywhere

 

Taco No Uta
-Japanese Kite Song)

Taco taco agare
Kaze yoku ukete
Kumo made agare
Ten made agare

Edako ni jidako
Dochira mo makezu
Kumo made agare
Ten made agare

Are are sagaru
Hike hike ito wo
Are are agaru
Hanasu na ito wo

 

Mi Barba Tiene Tres Pelos
-Spanish song

Mi barba tiene tres pelos
Tres pelos tiene mi barba

Si no tuviera tres pelos
Pues no seria una barba

 Hush Little Baby
-Traditional American Lullaby

Hush little baby, don’t say a word,
Daddy’s gonna buy you a mocking bird.
And if that mockingbird won’t sing,
Daddy’s gonna buy you a diamond ring.
And it that diamond ring is brass,
Daddy’s gonna buy you a looking glass.
And if that looking glass gets broke,
Daddy’s gonna buy you a cart and bull.
And if that cart and bull turn over,
Daddy’s gonna buy you a dog named Rover.
And if that dog named River won’t bark,
Daddy’s gonna buy you a horse and cart.
And if that horse and cart fall down,
you’ll still be the sweetest little baby in town!

Bashana Haba’ah
-Israeli folk song

Bashana haba’ah
neshev al hamirpeset
Ve nispor tsiporim nodedot

Yeladim be hufsha
yesahaku tofeset
Bayn habayit levahn hasadot

Od tiray od tiray
Kama tov yihyea
Bashana, bashana, haba’ah

Od tiray od tiray
Kama tov yihyea
Bashana, bashana, haba’ah

 

Da Blu No Ma Lo
-Karen/Burmese song of thanks

Da blu do ma lo

Da blu do ma lo

Da blu do ma lo

dee ta go

 

Oh soo oh clay

Oh soo oh clay

Da blu do ma lo

dee ta go

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

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