The fall songs for our sixth cycle of Waldorf in the Woods.
All songs and handplays, except for FIVE LITTLE LEAVES and OATS AND BEANS AND BARLEY GROW will be sung twice.

FOLLOW, FOLLOW ME
NOW LOOK AROUND

SOMETHING TOLD THE WILD GEESE By Rachel Field
(from Mrs. M’s fall circle)

Something told the wild geese
It was time to go.
Though the fields lay golden
Something whispered, “snow.”

Leaves were green and stirring,
Berries, luster-glossed.
But beneath warm feathers
Something cautioned, “frost.”

All the sagging orchards
Steamed with amber spice.
But each wild breast stiffened
At remembered ice.

Something told the wild geese
It was time to fly,
Summer sun was on their wings,
Winter in their cry

OH, WELCOME, WELCOME
(from Betty Jones’s A Child’s Seasonal Treasury)
this is the second verse of the Birthday Song
Oh welcome welcome lovely day.
With sunshine bright and flowers gay.
With painted birds that sing their song
And make me kind and good and strong.

GOOD MORNING SONG
(from Betty Jones’s A Child’s Seasonal Treasury)
Morning Song
Good morning dear earth. (Crouch, touch ground)
Good morning dear sun. (Rise and extend arms to sky)
Good morning dear rocks and the flowers every one. (Crouch and knock fists on ground, then wave fingers and sway hands for flowers)
Good morning dear beasts. (Remain crouching, put hands on head for horns)
And the birds in the trees. (Flap arms while rising to stand)
Good morning to you and good morning to me. (Bow to others twice, then stand upright and cross arms over chest.)

FIVE LITTLE LEAVES
(from Betty Jones’s A Child’s Seasonal Treasury)
Five little leaves so bright and gay
(Hold out hand; flutter fingers)
Were dancing about a tree one day
(Sway hand in rhythm overhead)
The wind came blowing through the town,
o-o-o-o
(Put other hand to mouth and blow)
One little leaf came tumbling down!
(Sway hand from side-to-side while folding appropriate finger to palm. Repeat entire verse and actions for 4-3-2-1.)

OATS AND BEANS AND BARLEY GROW
(a classic, but we’ll be using Raffi’s version – because we repeat the refrain 3x, no need to sing the song a second time)
Oats and beans and barley grow
Oats and beans and barley grow
You or I or anyone know how
Oats and beans and barley grow

First the farmer plants the seed
Stands up tall and takes his ease
Clap his hands
And stamps his feet
And turns around to view the land

Oats and beans and barley grow
Oats and beans and barley grow
You or I or anyone know how
Oats and beans and barley grow

Then the farmer waters the ground
Watches the sun shine all around
Claps his hands
And stamps his feet
And turns around to view the land

Oats and beans and barley grow
Oats and beans and barley grow
You or I or anyone know how
Oats and beans and barley grow

MICHAELMAS
(from Elisabeth Lebret’s Pentatonic Songs)
(We’ll hold hands and walk around the circle, changing direction between verses)
A knight and a lady went riding one day,
Far into the forest,
Away! Away!

“Fair knight, “ said the lady,
“I pray have a care!
This forest is evil!
Beware! Beware!”

A fiery red dragon
they spied on the grass,
The lady wept sorely,
Alas, Alas!

The knight slew the dragon,
The lady was gay!
They rode on together
Away! Away!

DOT, DOT, DOT

SPINNING ‘ROUND
(from Patina)

TIME TO WASH OUR HANDS
WHO WILL COME TO MY WEE RING?
STORY SONG
THE EARTH STANDS FIRM BENEATH MY FEET
GOODBYE

BLESSINGS ON YOUR WAY

DRAGON FLIGHT
(jump rope rhyme from Mrs. M’s fall circle)
Michael on your bright white horse
Silver sword from red-hot forge
Take me with you in your flight
How many dragons will you fight?
1 2 3 4 5 6 etc

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