John Brown’s Baby


(Folk song)

John Brown’s baby had a cold upon his chest, (repeat three times)
And they rubbed it with camphorated oil.


Repeat the same lyrics, but remove a word each time you sing another verse, and replace it with its corresponding motion.

John Brown = salute (I skip this one with younger students)
baby = motion of rocking baby in arms
cold = pretend to cough
chest = pat chest
rubbed = rub chest
camphorated oil = hold nose and make sour face


  • Song with chords in 2 keys, Lesson ideas
  • MIDI file
  • Listen to the song
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