Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

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Children in a Japanese elementary school singing the song.

"Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes" is a children's song sung to the tune of the traditional folksong "There is a Tavern in the Town" [1]

Description[edit]

There is generally only one verse with lyrics similar to those below. The second line repeats the first line both in words and in melody, the third line has a rising tone, and the fourth line repeats the first two. Children might dance while they sing the song, and touch their head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes in sequence while singing each word.

Lyrics[edit]

The following lyrics are taken from the children's music database of the US National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences:

Head, shoulders, knees and toes
Knees and toes
Head, shoulders, knees and toes
Knees and toes
And eyes and ears and mouth and nose
Head, shoulders, knees and toes,
Knees and toes

----, shoulders, knees and toes
Knees and toes
----, shoulders, knees and toes
Knees and toes
And eyes and ears
And mouth and nose
----, shoulders, knees and toes
Knees and toes

----, ---------, knees and toes
Knees and toes
----, ---------, knees and toes
Knees and toes
And eyes and ears
And mouth and nose
----, ---------, knees and toes
Knees and toes

----, ---------, ----- --- toes
----- --- toes
----, ---------, ----- --- toes
----- --- toes
And eyes and ears
And mouth and nose
----, ---------, ----- --- toes
----- --- toes

----, ---------, ----- --- ----
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And eyes and ears
And mouth and nose
----, ---------, ----- --- ----
----- --- ----

----, ---------, ----- --- ----
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--- ---- --- ears
And mouth and nose
----, ---------, ----- --- ----
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--- mouth and nose
----, ---------, ----- --- ----
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----, ---------, ----- --- ----
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--- ----- --- nose
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----, ---------, ----- --- ----
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Head, shoulders, knees and toes
Knees and toes
Head, shoulders, knees and toes
Knees and toes
And eyes and ears,
And mouth and nose
Head, shoulders, knees and toes
Knees and toes

Another way additional verses are sung is by omitting the first word sung in the previous verse, and, instead, touching their head, shoulders, knees or toes, without actually saying the word. The last verse consists of no actual singing, just touching what would have been sung or put them back in and sing it much faster.

The song has been documented as early as 1961.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "E. Henry David Music Publishers". E. Henry David. Retrieved 2013-11-28. 
  2. ^ Witte Austin, Dorothy. "Troubadour Pleases Playground Audiences". Milwaukee Journal, July 18, 1961, Part 2-p. 6. Retrieved on July 3, 2014.

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