Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Row, Row, Row your Boat | Free Karaoke Nursery Rhymes

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Nursery rhyme, U.S.A.

“Row, Row, Row your Boat” was first recorded as a modern tune in 1881 by Eliphalet Oram Lyte, although it is not clear if he is the composer or adapter of the melody.

The song has been heard several times in films and TV programs (Star Trek V, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Dirty Harry, HBO’s series Oz and Deadwood, MTV series Teen Wolf, etc.).

“Row, Row, Row your Boat” | Free karaoke mp3 download


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“Row, Row, Row your boat” free mp3 download (instrumental, 1:52 – 6/8 – 110 bpm)

“Row, Row, Row your Boat” lyrics

Row, row, row your boat,
Gently down the stream.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
Life is but a dream.

“Row, Row, Row your Boat” Music Score / sheet music with chords in A

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Row row row your boat_A_singing-bell


“Row, Row, Row your Boat”  Music Score / sheet music with chords in C

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“Row, Row, Row your Boat” | Free Printable PDF with sheet music and lyrics


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“Row, Row, Row your Boat” Karaoke Video

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“Row, Row, Row your Boat”  Teaching idea

This is one more round (see also “Frère Jacques”,  “Banuwa”, “Kookaburra” and “Jack and Jill“). That means that the melody can be sung exactly the same by more voices, entering one after the other. For this specific song the round comes every one or every two measures.

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When teaching a round, or a canon, try to let the children sing by themselves, turn your back to them and start singing the second voice without having explained exactly what was going to happen.

Some of them will keep their voice, others will follow the teacher, but the song sounds already in two voices. At this point you can teach the concept of the canon or round more easily , depending on the age and the level of the class.

“Row, Row, Row your Boat” Activity

Children sit in pairs opposite to each other, join both hands and sway back and forth in the tempo of the song.

Row, Row, Row your Boat | Free Karaoke Nursery Rhymes

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Singing Bell is a comprehensive collection of Christmas Carols and Children's songs.

It was created to provide teaching material to anyone giving music lessons to children or adults, that is music teachers and parents. It was also conceived for anyone who would like to live the Christmas spirit or the spirit of childhood.

Singing Bell offers free nursery rhymes and other free songs for children from all over the globe, as well as nursery rhyme lyrics. Popular songs like "London Bridge is falling down", "Old MacDonald had a farm", "Rain, rain, go away", "Itsy-Bitsy spider" and, of course, "The Wheels on the bus". Great hits also include "La Cucaracha" (with original English lyrics for children), "Auld Lang Syne" and "Mexican Hat Dance" (also with original English lyrics for kids).

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Its Christmas music section includes popular carols from Europe, like Britain's "We wish you a Merry Christmas" and "Deck the halls", "Petit Papa Noel" from France, Italy's "Tu scendi dalle stelle" and Spanish carols like "Fum Fum Fum" and "Los peces en el rio".

It also makes a collection of carols from North America ("Jingle Bells", "Santa Claus is coming to town"), but also popular South American carols like "Huachi Torito". Even more, it includes famous Christmas songs like "Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer", "White Christmas", and many others.

The musical piece presented above is titled "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" and is one of Singing Bell's Nursery rhymes.

All songs are offered for free mp3 download in their instrumental version. You can also download their music score in jpg, their lyrics and teaching ideas for singing in class or in a choir. The very same material might also be used simply as a karaoke version where anyone can sing along these Christmas Carols and children songs.

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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Thankyou! nice instrumental version.
    Is it okay for me to use it on my website for a local children’s performance group if I give credit to your website?
    many thanks.
    Have currently added it, but if you would prefer I didn’t then I will remove it asap.
    Many thanks

    1. Hi Melanie, thanks for your kind words.

      If the use is educational (especially for kids) and you don’t make profit, you are free to use the tracks. In that case, we would appreciate a link to Singing Bell as a reference to our work.,

      If you’d like to use them commercially, please send an e-mail to info(at)

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