(Folk song from Denmark)

Thief, yes thief, that is your name,
For you stole my little friend.
But I hope to get another,
I shall get another friend.

La la la la la
La la la la la
La la la la la
Tra la la la la.


Formation: Students stand in a double circle with partners walking side by side. (Optional: students hold hands, either only one hand or both, similar to a promenade.)

One student with no partner (Thief #1) stands in the middle of the circle.

  • Section A – When song begins, Thief #1 taps a person on the shoulder, and that person (Thief #2) must move into the center of the circle, while Thief #1 takes that person’s partner and begins to walk in the circle. Thief #2 taps someone else and takes their partner. This continues throughout Section A.
  • Section B – The Thief stands in the middle while the others do this pattern four times: Pat, clap, high five partner (twice)

See also

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  • Song with chords, Lesson ideas for Form AB, Rhythm (syncopation & eighth notes), Orff Arrangement
  • MIDI file
  • Listen to the song

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