My Dame Hath a Lame Tame Crane


(English folk song)

My dame hath a lame tame crane,
My dame hath a crane that is lame,
Pray gentle Jane, let my dame’s lame tame crane
Feed and come home again.


“Dame” = Curtsy (or, if sitting, put both hands under the chin)
“Lame” = Lift one leg and bend (optional: hold the shin with both hands)
“Tame” = Hands out in front of you (waist-high)
“Crane” = Hand up like a beak (or both hands out to the side like wings)
“Feed” = Move “beak” down to pretend to eat (or both hands toward mouth like eating)
“Pray” = Hands together like prayer
“Home” = Hands up, fingertips touching like a roof (or “come home again” – walk in place)
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  • Song with chords, Adapted lyrics, Lesson ideas for Tempo (Fast & Slow), Rhythm (Dotted Half Notes, Whole Notes) Melody (so-mi glockenspiel ostinato)
    Orff arrangement (PDF)
  • MIDI file
  • Listen to the song

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