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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!!!

A Roosta Sha

A Roosta Sha

I was taught that this song was originally from Australia, though I can’t necessarily confirm that.  Of course, when saying each of the actions, you do them.  And hold that action while adding the others.  It’s very similar to twister in terms of the dexterity of some girls to hold the awkward poses and not fall down!  Of course, the addition of the “Tongues Out” was usually left until the end because it was difficult to complete the last chorus :)

(Chorus)
A roosta sha a roosta sha a roosta sha sha hey
A roosta sha a roosta sha a roosta sha sha hey

The Chorus is repeated, adding a new action
i.e. Thumbs Up
Knees Together
Elbows Back
Chin Up
Bum out
Tongue Out