Lyrics

1. High on a branch a crow,
Simsalabim bamba saladoo saladim*
high on a branch a crow sat.

2. Then came a wicked hunter
Simsalabim bamba saladoo saladim
then came a wicked hunter along.

3. He shot that poor crow,
Simsalabim bamba saladoo saladim
he shot that poor crow down.

4. Then came a pretty maiden
Simsalabim bamba saladoo saladim
Then came a pretty maiden along

5. She took the poor old crow
Simsalabim bamba saladoo saladim
She took the poor old crow home

*These are nonsense syllables. “Simsalabim” is often used to describe magic, like “abracadabra.”

How many songs do we ever sing in 5/4? That in itself makes this a challenge!

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