Lightly Row Printable Lyrics – PDF

“Lightly Row” is an old American song from the 18th or the 19th century. The tune originates in Germany, where its is found printed under the name “Hänschen klein”, or “Alles neu macht der Mai”. The earliest publication of this song in the U.S.A. goes back to 1854 in the “The Song-book of the School-room” by Lowell Mason and George James Webb.

The melody itself is an extremely popular piece, and a standard in the beginners’ repertoire in almost every classical instrument. Due to that, it’s certain that anybody must have heard it at some point, either as an instrumental piece or a song. There are also quite a few songs on this melody around the world in various lyrics and languages.

On this page you’ll find Lightly Row lyrics, a printable PDF file with lyrics for free download and a sing-along video.

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Printable Lyrics PDF

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Lightly Row lyrics


Lightly row, lightly row,
O’er the glassy waves we go!
Smoothly glide, smoothly glide,
On the silent tide!

Let the winds and waters be
Mingled with our melody.
Sing and float, sing and float
In our little boat!

Far away, far away,
Echo in the rock at play;
Calleth not, calleth not,
To this lonely spot.

Only with the seabirds’ note
Shall our happy music float.
Lightly row, lightly row,
In our little boat!

Sing-along Video with Lyrics

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