Song of the Month

Every month the song/dance/activity will change. Many of the songs will be from my Recordings. Please print the page and do the activity with your child. Teachers may print the page to use with their classes. If you have questions, Contact Me.

November 2008

Shoo Fly

Listen to the whole song on my brand new CD Dancing Feet, or hear it here:
Heck, listen to clips of all the songs at CDBaby.

Shoo Fly is a wonderful old song that may have it's origin in the music of Southern slaves, a Civil War song, or the Minstrel Show tradition. Whatever its' origin, it is now a favorite in children's songbooks across the USA, and definitely a frequently requested song in my music classes. In this version, I've included many gross-motor skills that young children can learn quickly. Feel free to put in some of your own movements that reflect the skills of the children you sing with. When learning the song, children may need to sing it more slowly. Turn off the recording and just sing - you probably know the song, and can lead it at a tempo that children can process. Once learned, the wonderful instruments and lively accompaniment will add to a child's enjoyment of this tune.


Shoo fly, don't bother me
Shoo fly, don't bother me
Shoo fly, don't bother me
For I belong to somebody.

I feel, I feel, I feel like a-clapping my hands
I feel, I feel, I feel like a-clapping my hands


v. 2 stomping my feet
v. 3 jumping up 'n' down
v. 4 twirling around
v. 5 sitting like a pretzel


For the chorus:

Shoo fly: Push hands away from body with a "shoo-ing" motion. Be sure to make it a big gesture - children should learn to move from their shoulders, using the upper arm muscles, not just flipping their wrists!
Don't bother me: Wag pointer finger in front of you (admonishing motion)
For I belong to somebody: Point to self

For verses:

Do what the lyrics suggest: clap, stomp, jump, twirl, and sit down, legs folded in front of you. Do the final "shoo fly" in a sitting position, to bring the excitement down a level and be ready to move to the next song or activity.

Age Range: 2 - 8 years old (this is a fun song for whole families to do!)

Purpose: Gross motor skill practice, aerobic movement, following directions

Extension Activity: I like to make a medley of cow/fly related songs: "Did You Feed My Cow" (Ella Jenkins), "One Finger, One Thumb" (also on "Dancing Feet"), "Wake Up, You Lazy Bones!" and "Say Good Day" (both on my Tiny Tunes cd). Great to include with any discussion of the farm!

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