Nov 262013



Aunt Dinah’s gone (echo)
Well how did she leave? (echo)
Well she left like this (echo)

Refrain She lives in the country,
Gonna move to town.
Gonna shake and shimmy
’til the sun goes down.

Choose a student to be “it” to sing the “call,” while the rest of the class sings the “response.” On “she left like this,” the student strikes a pose that the class copies when they sing the echo. On the refrain, all students do the same motions together.

Recorder Notes: EG

Aunt Dinah EG


Below: Song pdf, Orff Arrangement & midi


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  4 Responses to “Aunt Dinah”

  1. I love this song, and so do my kids! I’m doing my Kodaly levels, and would like to include this in my folk song index. I’m not sure if my professor will let me cite your blog as a source, so I was wondering if you wouldn’t mind sharing where you first found this song?

    • Rebecca, I am actually not sure where I first heard this song. It is in numerous collections. Can you just cite that it’s in the “public domain?”

  2. What motions do you use for the refrain?

    • I guess it depends on what aged kids are doing the motions, but the lyrics seem to lend themselves to hand jive kinds of motions (thumbs over shoulders?), maybe even a hip swing or two? šŸ™‚

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