on the back of a crocodile

Jun 10, 2012

When I was a girl (and even when I was an adult) my grandmother loved to sing this song. She actually loved to sing pretty much any song. She had a beautiful voice and she sang all sorts of songs…made up ones, family favorites, folk songs, songs of faith, and anything else that would pop in her head.

I have been trying to remember the words to the crocodile for a few weeks now so I can teach it to Fisher and Annesley, but I couldn’t get the words right. So tonight we called my mama and she belted it out for us, actions and all. Now that we know it, I am going to record it here for my posterity.

Oh, she sailed away on a sunny, summer day
On the back of a crocodile.
“You see,” said she, “he’s as tame as tame can be,
I’ll ride him down the Nile!”
But, the croc winked his eye as she waved them all goodbye,
Wearing a happy smile.
At the end of the ride, the lady was inside,
And, the smile was on the crocodile!

I can still see the twinkle in her eye as she sang this song to us. I miss her and I love singing her songs to my kiddos.

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  1. Michelle

    Family heirloom songs are such a wonderful, connecting gift. We have a silly song about a little bird that was passed down from my beloved great grandma to my grandma to my mom to me to my kids. I’m so glad you have one of those songs in your life, too!

    • tracy

      Oh, we have LOTS of family heirloom songs! I need to write them all down!

      I would love to hear your birdy song!