I never paid much attention to this novelty/camp song until I discovered Karen Beaumont’s hilarious singalong picturebook I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More, which riffs on the tune. I love reading it as a guessing game for kindergartners or older preschoolers, asking them to listen for the rhymes and yell out which body part the child in the story will paint next. Recently I adapted it into a felt story, so I can extend and build on the telling throughout a storytime series.
There’s also a fun mash-up that combines the original tune with Shel Silverstein’s song I’m Being Swallowed By a Boa Constrictor. I like to sing this with scarves so the kids can mime the water rising, but I might bring out the ukulele as well next time.
It Ain’t Gonna Rain No More
It ain’t gonna rain no more, no more
It ain’t gonna rain no more
How the heck can I wash my neck
If it ain’t gonna rain no more
It Ain’t Gonna Rain No More (Oh No!)
It ain't gonna rain no more, no more
It ain't gonna rain no more
Oh no, it's up to my toe
But it ain't gonna rain no more
Oh gee, it's up to my knee...
Oh my, it's up to my thigh...
Oh fiddle, it's up to my middle...
Oh heck, it's up to my neck...
Oh dread, it's up to my head... Guess I'd better swim home
I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More
I ain’t gonna paint no more, no more
I ain’t gonna paint no more
That's what I say but there ain't no way
That I ain’t gonna paint no more
So I take some red and I paint my head
Now I ain't gonna paint no more
Oh what the heck, gonna paint my neck
Now I ain't gonna paint no more...
Felt Story Extension
In the spirit of the story, I aimed for some wild colourfully painted body parts. I adapted the character from paper doll patterns and cut everything else to fit this shape.
This week’s Flannel Friday roundup is hosted by Mel’s Desk. If any other felters adapt this story, I’d love to see your version.