Pick it Up

Like many of Woody Guthrie’s children’s songs, Pick it Up is ideal for lyrical and physical play. I like to sing about dropping items we have on hand or that toddler’s might identify with such as shoes, shakers, books, and teddies. I’ve only played this on the ukulele for my own child so far, but when I bring it up at storytime, I’m planning to sing the dropping verses a capella so I can mime the actions, then strum along for the picking up choruses.

You can listen to a sound clip of this song via Smithsonian Folkways and read the full original lyrics at WoodyGuthrie.org. I fumbled these chords out myself.


Pick it Up
C
I dropped my hat, pick it up, pick it up
                          G7
I dropped my hat, pick it up, pick it up
   C                      F
I dropped my hat, pick it up, pick it up
       C     G7     C
And I put it on my head

C
Oh, picka picka picka, pick it up, pick it up
                           G7
Picka picka picka, pick it up, pick it up
C                          F
Picka picka picka, pick it up, pick it up
       C     G7    C
And I put it on my head

Verses
I dropped my book...and I put it on my lap
I dropped my shoe...and I put it on my foot


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