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I’ve got a really good feeling about my latest music book, I think it’s going to be a hit. It’s called “My First Bass Book”, with the subtitle, “A Journey Shared between Student and Teacher.” The inspiration for the book came to me when a bassist and good friend of mine bought his son his first bass. The book is a collection of the all-time most memorable nursery rhymes, with the emphasis on the student bassist learning to play together with another musician in their bass playing parent or teacher. Every selection in the book is expanded across two pages, with one page for the student showing just the melody and the facing page showing both the student part and the teacher’s accompaniment part.

As far as selecting which tunes deserve to be in the book, my own list of the essential nursery rhymes has now grown to 50 songs, and yet still I just can’t help but wonder if there’s a gem or two out there that might have slipped my mind or perhaps even one or two I somehow just never heard before, so I ask you . . .

What songs do you remember most fondly from your childhood?

If you have children, what songs did you pass on to them? Have they ever come home from school and taught you a song that stuck in your head? (Sorry, I can’t use any commercials like that Jumbaco song that’s been stuck in my head and no themes from movies or TV shows, either.)

It’s fun reminiscing on the days when our biggest worries were whether the tooth fairy would really visit us to slip something under the pillow, and if you can give me any help with fine tuning the final list, it would be much appreciated.

Here’s where the list stands right now . . .

002 A-Tisket, A-Tasket
004 Alouette
006 Alphabet Song, The
008 America (My Country Tis of Thee)
010 America, the Beautiful
012 B-I-N-G-O
014 Camptown Races
016 Chiapanecas
018 Do Your Ears Hang Low
020 Down in the Valley
022 Farmer in the Dell, The
024 Fish and Chips and Vinegar
026 Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush
028 Hickory Dickory Dock
030 Hokey Pokey, The
032 If You’re Happy and You Know It
034 Itsy Bitsy Spider, The
036 Jack and Jill
038 Knicky, Knicky, Knacky Noo
040 Kumbaya
042 Little Miss Muffet
044 London Bridge
046 LoobyLoo
048 Mary Had a Little Lamb
050 Muffin Man, The
052 Oh Where, Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone
054 Oh, Susanna
056 Old MacDonald Had a Farm
058 One, Two, Buckle My Shoe
060 Pat-a-Cake
062 Pease Porridge Hot
064 Pop Goes the Weasel
066 Ring Around the Rosie
068 Rock-a-Bye Baby
070 Row, Row, Row Your Boat
072 She’ll Be Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain
074 Shine Little Glow Worm
076 Skip to My Lou
078 Snake Charmer
080 Song of the Volga Boatman
082 Star-Spangled Banner, The
084 Take Me Out to the Ball Game
086 This Little Pig Went to Market
088 This Old Man
090 Three Blind Mice
092 Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
094 Wee Willie Winkie
096 Wheels on the Bus, The
098 Winkum, Winkum
100 Yankee Doodle



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9 Responses to The Nursery Rhymes that Last Through Time

  • Your music book sounds lovely! Was the Candy Man song from Willie Wonka & the Chocolate Factory movie? I love that.

  • “Hush little baby, don’t say a word, Papa’s gonna buy you a mockingbird”

    “Jenny Jenkins”

    “Oh My Darling Clementine”

    “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”

    “All Night, All Day, Angels Watchin’ Over Me”

    “This Land Is Your Land”

  • Puff the Magic Dragon used to be a favourite of ours too. I don’t know many that remember it now though.

  • Wheels on the Bus definitely but I also had a fondness for Itsy Bitsy Spider. You have really managed to touch on a few that I had completely forgotten about. What a delight.. and I look forward to the book~

  • Oh! and Home on the Range….!!

  • Mr. Frog Went A-Courtin’, 15 Miles on the Erie Canal, Ballad of Don Gato, Billy Boy

  • Wow, here I was putting the songs I’d missed at maybe one or two, but there’s at least half-a-dozen tunes worthy of adding!

    Added to the list:

    Hush Little Baby
    Home on the Range
    Froggie Went a Courtin’
    The Little Girl with a Curl (suggested via Twitter)

    Thanks for all the great replies!

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