When Billy Was One

Lyrics

(Folk song)

When Billy was one,
He liked to such his thumb.
Thumb-deanna, Thumb-deanna,
Half past one.

2. When Billy was two, he liked to tie his shoes.
Shoes-de-anna, shoes-de-anna, Half past two.

3. …three…climb a tree…

4. …four…shut the door…

5. …five…take no jive…

6. …six…play with sticks…

7. …seven…go to heaven…

8. …eight…roller skate…

9. …nine…climb a vine…

10. …ten…catch a hen…

11. …eleven…go to seven…

12. …twelve…ring the bell…

Recorder Notes G, A, B, C’

Hand-Clapping

Formation: Partners face each other

Clap, right hands clap together, clap, left hands clap together on the quarter note beat. Repeat pattern until the end. On “cross down,” cross hands over chest, pat knees, then repeat the song.

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  • Song with chords in 2 keys, explanation of motions (PDF)
  • MIDI file
  • Listen to the song

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