Feb 242012

Down the River


The river is up and the channel is deep,
The wind is steady and strong.
Oh won’t we have a jolly good time as we go sailing along.
Down the river, oh down the river, oh down the river we go.
Down the river, oh down the river, oh down the Ohio.

Folk song & folk dance

  • step in four steps, out four steps, clap twice (at end of phrase)
  • cross right shoulder and change sides, clap twice (end of phrase)
  • first couple sashays down the alley, others clap on beat
  • second-couple sashays down the alley
Variation: first couple goes down the alley in the method they wish (crawl, walk backwards, skip, etc.) Second couple must copy.


Below: Song pdf with chords, Orff Arrangement & Recorder Countermelody (Notes: G, A, B, D’) & midi


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  2 Responses to “Down the River / Down the Ohio”

  1. I have used this song with 2nd graders with equal success: Charlie’s Neat http://www.bethsnotesplus.com/2013/01/charlies-neat.html

    Also, there are lots of songs on the Movement & Dance page. http://www.bethsnotesplus.com/2013/01/movement-dance-songs.html


  2. My second-graders LOVED this dance! We did it for weeks and they never seemed to get tired of it. Do you have a suggestion for something similar that they might enjoy?

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