Before Dinner


Lyrics

First we go to hoe our garden, Ya ya ya ya,
Next we carry jugs of water, Ya ya ya ya,
Then we pound the yellow corn, Ya ya ya ya,
Then we stir our pots of mush, Ya ya ya ya,
Now we eat, come gather round the campfire, Ya ya ya ya,

The teacher can sing instructions with the students responding with the “ya” part, such as:

  • “Everybody, go sit down.”
  • “Now it’s time to clean up.”

The “ya” response part could also be replaced by “so so mi so.”


See also


Extras for Plus Members

  • Song with chords (PDF)
  • MIDI file
  • Listen



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4 thoughts on “Before Dinner”

  1. Thanks Beth for sharing all of these great songs! Where did you find this one? I am trying to find more background information about this piece but haven’t had much luck. If you are able to share any information about its roots or where I could find that information, I would really appreciate it!

    Tressa

    1. Hi Tressa!

      I got this song in an old book of folk songs. It says “This song from the Lunda tribe of the Congo describes the duties of the women and girls in preparing a meal.”

      🙂 Beth

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