Skip To My Lou (and variations)

There are oh so many songs that have been written to the tune of Skip To My Lou, and some of them are pretty special. I usually sing Love Somebody to a slightly different tune (similar to the 1947 Doris Day recording), but I’ve heard it sung in multiple ways, and its tickly, kissy, interactive fun any way you sing it.

Stick to the Glue is by children’s musician Jim Gill, whose albums are full of silliness, movement and play, and are well worth a spot on the shelf in any public library. You’ll probably want to stop between verses to pantomime the actions, or teach the sticky gestures to your group before picking up your ukulele.


Skip To My Lou
C
Skip, skip, skip to my lou
G7
Skip, skip, skip to my lou
C
Skip, skip, skip to my lou
G7                C
Skip to my lou my darling



Ants at the Picnic
C
Ants at the picnic, what’ll I do?
G7
Ants at the picnic, what’ll I do?
C
Ants at the picnic, what’ll I do?
G7                         C
We’ll all have to eat real quickly!


Verses
Rain on the picnic... we’ll all have to eat real quickly!
Bears at the picnic... we’ll have to run real quickly!



Love Somebody
C

Love somebody, yes I do
G7

Love somebody, yes I do
C

Love somebody, yes I do
G7                   C

Love somebody, but I won't say who

C

Love two eyes, yes I do
G7

Love two eyes, yes I do
C

Love two eyes, yes I do
G7                    C

Love somebody, but I won't say who


Verses
Love two ears...
Love ten fingers...
Love two knees...
Love somebody... And it might be you



Stick to the Glue
C
Clapping hands one and two
G7
Clapping hands one and two
C
But if one hand is covered with glue
G7                        C
You stick to the glue my darling

C
Glue glue stick to the glue
G7
Glue glue stick to the glue
C
Glue glue stick to the glue
G7                    C
Stick to the glue my darling


Verses
Stamping feet...
Knocking knees...
Hugging friends...



Sun is Shining, What Should I do?
C
Sun in shining, what should I do?
G7
Sun in shining, what should I do?
C
Sun in shining, what should I do?
G7                   C
What should I do my darling?

C

Slather on sunscreen, that’s what I’ll do
G7
Slather on sunscreen, that’s what I’ll do
C
Slather on sunscreen, that’s what I’ll do
G7                           C
That’s what I’ll do my darling


Verses
Rain is falling... Wear my rainboots...
Wind is blowing... Put my hood up...
Snow is falling... Pull on mittens...



Other Variations Include
Ants on the Apple (Phonics Song)
Pancake Song

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