Wake Up

After a winter of rain clouds in my lovely gray city, I’m happy to wake up to the extra light of a spring morning. Even if I need to get up an hour earlier. This Woody Guthrie song is for all of us in daylight savings zones who may be yawning a little more this week.

For the full lyrics, head over to the official Guthrie site. And to hear it, check out the albums Nursery Days or 20 Grow Big Songs, or listen to a clip via Smithsonian Folkways.


Wake Up
C
Wake up, wake up, wake up, wake up
                                G7
Wake up, wake up, wake up, wake up
     C                          F

Wake up, wake up, wake up, wake up
     C        G7                C

Wake up, wake up, wake up, wake up

C
Open eyes, open eyes, open eyes, open eyes
                                      G7
Open eyes, open eyes, open eyes, open eyes
     C                          F

Wake up, wake up, wake up, wake up
     C           G7                    C

Open eyes, open eyes, open eyes, open eyes


Verses
Stretch arms...
Stretch feet...
Stretch hands and toes...

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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


Take Me For a Ride

I love Woody Guthrie’s children’s songs, and use modified versions of a few of them at my storytimes (I Dropped My Hat, Put Your Finger in the Air, One Day Old). If your library doesn’t have them already, I strongly recommend purchasing CDs like Songs to Grow On For Mother and Child (fun Guthrie originals), and Little Seed (lovely Elizabeth Mitchell covers).

When I’m at home I like to sing the original lyrics, but for toddler storytime I’m going for the most simplified version, which also happens to be the one featured on Tell Me A Story. I want the crowd to be able to learn it quickly, sing along with me, and remember it to sing again at home.

The song sounds best to me in the key of G, but it also works in A, C, or D (A/E7/D, C/G7/F, or D/A/G) if G doesn’t suite your voice or fingers.


Take Me For a Ride
G                          D

Take me for a ride in your car car
                           G
Take me for a ride in your car car
                     C
Take me for a ride, take me for a ride
D                          G

Take me for a ride in your car car

Verses
1. Vehicles: Tugboat / Airplane / Freight train / Fire truck...
2. Colours: Red car / Blue bike / Yellow bus...



Felt Story Extension
If you happen to have transportation felts, you can repurpose them for this song. A handful of different coloured cars will work just as well as a variety of vehicles. Until I can put together a nice selection, I’m using these simple cars at storytime:

Take Me For a Ride  Riding In My Car 

Car shapes are based on this template. We’re participating in Flannel Friday again this week, so check out the rest of the round-up with Storytime Katie.