The notes for this song state that this was a popular German song composed in 1793, but the lyrics were inappropriate for children. Carolyn Sherwin Bailey wrote these lyrics with the same joy that the original German lyrics had.


(German tune, 1793, Lyrics by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey)

Laugh, play, ‘tis the month of June.
Thrush, sing us your merriest tune.
Rose, open your sweetest bloom.
Laugh, play, it is June!

The rose will close and the bird will fly,
And June’s gold noons will be passing by,
So laugh and play while yet you may,
While yet ‘tis the month of June. Refrain

See also

  • Song with chords (PDF)
  • MIDI file
  • Listen to the song

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