“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.
“Olly the Kookaburra” was one of the three mascots chosen for the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.
1. Kookaburra sits on the old gum tree,
Merry merry king of the bush is he.
Laugh, Kookaburra, laugh, Kookaburra,
Gay your life must be!
2. Kookaburra sits on the old gum tree,
Eating all the gum drops he can see.
Stop, Kookaburra, stop
Kookaburra Save some there for me!
3. 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!
To download a free mp3, music score with chords and midi file of “Kookaburra”, click here.
To download a printable lyrics PDF file, click here: Kookaburra PDF Worksheet.