(Canadian folk song)

1. When Barnacle Bill was one,
He learned to play the drum,
Bonnie over in the clover,
Half past one.

2. When Barnacle Bill was two
He learned to buckle his shoe,
Bonnie over in the clover,
Half past one.

3. When Barnacle Bill was three
He learned to climb a tree…

4. When Barnacle Bill was four
He learned to scrub the floor…

5. When Barnacle Bill was five
He learned to swim and dive…


  • Do motions to go with the lyrics.
  • Also, see hand-clapping ideas in download below.

See also

or purchase here (printables only)

  • Printable & Digital Visuals
  • Song with chords, Lesson ideas for Rhythm (Long/Short, Dotted Half & Dotted Quarter Notes, Quarter Rests), Melody (pentatonic, mi so la, mi re do), Hand-clapping pattern, Orff arrangement (PDF)
  • MIDI file
  • Listen to the song

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