Kookaburra

Kookaburra

This is a fun song we learned when learning about Australia for an International Day festival one year.  I’m told it’s a popular song for children down under.  When I was younger, I thought Kookaburra was a name for a Koala Bear, but it’s actually a large (11-17″) bird native to Australia and New Guinea.  Kookaburras are known for their loud, unique call which sounds a lot like a human laugh, hence the song lyrics.  For more information on kookaburras, check out Wikipedia.

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 gumdrops he can see
Stop Kookaburra, stop Kookaburra
Leave some gums for me

Kookaburra sits on the old gum tree
Counting all the monkeys he can see
Stop Kookaburra, stop Kookaburra
That’s no monkey, that’s ME!!!

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