Hello My Name is Joe (Jo)

Lyrics

(Traditional chant)

Hello, my name is Joe (Jo),
And I work in a button factory,
I have a dog, a house and a family.
One day my boss, he (she) said to me,
“Are you busy, Joe (Jo)?” I said, “No!”
“Then push* this button with your right hand.”

Hello, my name is Joe (Jo),
And I work in a button factory,
I have a dog, a house and a family.
One day my boss, he (she) said to me,
“Are you busy, Joe (Jo)?” I said, “No!”
“Then push this button with your left hand.”

Hello, my name is Joe (Jo),
And I work in a button factory,
I have a dog, a house and a family.
One day my boss, he (she) said to me,
“Are you busy, Joe (Jo)?” I said, “No!”
“Then push this button with your right foot.”

Hello, my name is Joe (Jo),
And I work in a button factory,
I have a dog, a house and a family.
One day my boss, he (she) said to me,
“Are you busy, Joe (Jo)?” I said, “No!”
“Then push this button with your left foot.”

Hello, my name is Joe (Jo),
And I work in a button factory,
I have a dog, a house and a family.
One day my boss, he (she) said to me,
“Are you busy, Joe (Jo)?” I said, “No!”
Then push this button with your head.”

Hello, my name is Joe (Jo),
And I work in a button factory,
I have a dog, a house and a family.
One day my boss, he (she) said to me,
“Are you busy, Joe (Jo)?” I said, “No!”
“Then push this button with your tongue.”

Hello, my name is Joe (Jo),
And I work in a button factory,
I have a dog, a house and a family.
One day my boss came up to me and said,
“Are you busy, Joe (Jo)?” And I said, “Yes!”

*or “turn”

Motions

Each time a body part is mentioned, pantomime pushing a button with that body part (or “wave” the body part if you say “turn”). Each body part is added to the body part before until both hands, feet, head and tongue are all moving!

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  • Downloadable chant, Lesson ideas for Rhythm (Steady beat, Beat vs. Rhythm), Voices, Dynamics, Instrument parts (ostinati for unpitched percussion) (PDF)

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