Down by the Bay

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"Down by the Bay"
Written Unknown
Genre Children's song
Songwriter(s) Traditional

"Down by the Bay" is a traditional children's song. A famous version was performed by Raffi and appears on his 1976 album Singable Songs for the Very Young. In recent years, the song had gained popularity as a campfire song among the Scouting Movement in Britain.


The song lyrics are usually as follows:

Down by the bay,
Where the watermelons grow,
Back to my home,
I dare not go,
For if I do,
My mother will say:

Usually the insertion lyrics follow some kind of variation of the question "Did you ever see a _____, _____ing a _____?", with rhyming words. For example:

  • "Did you ever see a snake, baking a cake?"
  • "Did you ever see a cat, wearing a hat?"
  • "Did you ever see a whale, with a polka dot tail?"
  • "Did you ever see a bear combing her hair?"
  • "Did you ever see a llama wearing pajamas?"
  • "Did you ever see a kangaroo using the loo?"
  • "Did you ever see a bear, in his underwear?"
  • "Did you ever see a goat, rowing a boat?"
  • "Did you ever see a fly with a polka dot tie"