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Over in the Meadow

"Over in the Meadow" is a popular children's counting song or rhyme, originating probably in the 16th century United Kingdom. However, it may instead have been written by Olive A. Wadsworth in 1870. Here's one neat animated video of it with lyrics to sing along with:



Here's another YouTube video of the same song, again with lyrics in the video.


The lyrics

There exist several different versions for the lyrics. Here are two; pick whichever you like best!

Over in the meadow,
In the sand in the sun
Lived an old mother toadie
And her little toadie one
"Wink!" said the mother;
"I wink!" said the one,
So they winked and they blinked
In the sand in the sun

Over in the meadow,
Where the stream runs blue
Lived an old mother fish
And her little fishes two
"Swim!" said the mother;
"We swim!" said the two,
So they swam and they leaped
Where the stream runs blue

Over in the meadow,
In a hole in a tree
Lived an old mother bluebird
And her little birdies three
"Sing!" said the mother;
"We sing!" said the three
So they sang and were glad
In a hole in the tree

Over in the meadow,
In the reeds on the shore
Lived an old mother muskrat
And her little ratties four
"Dive!" said the mother;
"We dive!" said the four
So they dived and they burrowed
In the reeds on the shore

Over in the meadow,
In a snug beehive
Lived a mother honey bee
And her little bees five
"Buzz!" said the mother;
"We buzz!" said the five
So they buzzed and they hummed
In the snug beehive

Over in the meadow,
In a nest built of sticks
Lived a black mother crow
And her little crows six
"Caw!" said the mother;
"We caw!" said the six
So they cawed and they called
In their nest built of sticks

Over in the meadow,
Where the grass is so even
Lived a gay mother cricket
And her little crickets seven
"Chirp!" said the mother;
"We chirp!" said the seven
So they chirped cheery notes
In the grass soft and even

Over in the meadow,
By the old mossy gate
Lived a brown mother lizard
And her little lizards eight
"Bask!" said the mother;
"We bask!" said the eight
So they basked in the sun
On the old mossy gate

Over in the meadow,
Where the quiet pools shine
Lived a green mother frog
And her little froggies nine
"Croak!" said the mother;
"We croak!" said the nine
So they croaked and they splashed
Where the quiet pools shine

Over in the meadow,
In a sly little den
Lived a gray mother spider
And her little spiders ten
"Spin!" said the mother;
"We spin!" said the ten
So they spun lacy webs
In their sly little den
Over in the meadow
In the sand in the sun,
lived an old mother turtle
and her little turtle one.
"Dig," said the mother,
"I dig," said the one,
and they dug all day
in the sand in the sun.

Over in the meadow
where the stream runs blue,
lived an old mother fish
and her little fishies two.
"Swim," said the mother,
"We swim," said the two,
and they swam all day
where the stream runs blue.

Over in the meadow
in a hole in the tree,
Lived an old mother owl
and her little owls three.
"Whoo," said the mother,
"We whoo," said the three,
and they whooed all day
in the hole in the tree.

Over in the meadow
by the old barn door,
Lived an old mother rat
and her little ratties four.
"Gnaw," said the mother,
"We gnaw," said the four,
and they gnawed all day
on by the old barn door.

Over in the meadow
in a snug beehive,
Lived an old mother bee
and her little bees five.
"Buzz," said the mother,
"We buzz," said the five,
and they buzzed all day
in the snug beehive.

Over in the meadow
in a nest built of sticks,
Lived an old mother crow
and her little crows six.
"Caw," said the mother,
"We caw," said the six,
and they cawed all day
in the nest built of sticks.

Over in the meadow
where the grass grows so even,
Lived an old mother frog
and her little froggies seven.
"Jump," said the mother,
"We jump," said the seven,
and they jumped all day
where the grass grows so even.

Over in the meadow
by the old mossy gate,
Lived an old mother lizard
and her little lizards eight.
"Bask," said the mother,
"We bask," said the eight,
and they basked all day
by the old mossy gate.

Over in the meadow
by the old scotch pine,
Lived an old mother duck
and her little duckies nine.
"Quack," said the mother,
"We quack," said the nine,
and they quacked all day
by the old scotch pine.

Over in the meadow
in a cozy, wee den,
Lived an old mother beaver
and her little beavers ten.
"Beave," said the mother,
"We beave," said the ten,
and they beaved all day
in their cozy, wee den.

Free Sheet Music

Click the images below to open and print piano scores for "Over in the Meadow". Right click and choose "Save link as" to download the PDF files to your computer.

Over in the Meadow, C Major
Over in the Meadow, D Major
Over in the Meadow, F Major
Over in the Meadow, easy piano, C Major
Over in the Meadow, easy piano, D Major
Over in the Meadow, easy piano, G Major

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