Children’s song, Australia.

“Kookaburra” is an Australian nursery rhyme song about a native Australian bird of the Kingfisher family, whose loud call sounds are like echoing human laughter.  The name is a loanword from Wiradjuri guuguubarra, onomatopoeic of its call.

The song was written in 1932 by Marion Sinclair, a music teacher at Toorak College, a girls’ school in Melbourne. Soon it became popular all over the world, particularly in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, countries that have adopted it as a traditional song.

“Olly the Kookaburra” was one of the three mascots chosen for the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.

The tune of “Kookaburra” can be sung as a round. (see also “Row, row, row your boat“, “Frère Jacques“, “Jack and Jill“, “Three Blind Mice’ and “Banuwa“).


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“Kookaburra” free mp3 download (instrumental, 1:53 – 4/4 – 120 bpm)


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“Kookaburra”  lyrics

Kookaburra sits on the old gum tree,
Merry merry king of the bush is he.
Laugh, Kookaburra, laugh, Kookaburra,
Gay your life must be!

Kookaburra sits on the old gum tree,
Eating all the gum drops he can see.
Stop, Kookaburra, stop
Kookaburra Save some there for me!

Kookaburra sits on the old gum tree,
Counting all the monkeys he can see.
Laugh Kookaburra, laugh Kookaburra
That’s not a monkey, that’s me!

“Kookaburra”  Music Score with chords / sheet music

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“Kookaburra”  Video

 “Kookaburra”  Teaching idea & activities

Sing the tune as a canon for two, three or four voices (see score).

Accompany the last four measures clapping or playing an Orff-instrument like this:

Kookaburra_Teaching Singing-Bell


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