I'm a Little Teapot

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"I'm a Little Teapot"
The Teapot Song sheet music cover
sheet music cover
Song by George Harry Sanders and Clarence Kelley
GenreChildren's music
LabelKelman Music Corporation
Songwriter(s)George Harry Sanders and Clarence Kelley

"I'm a Little Teapot" is an American song describing the heating and pouring of a teapot or a whistling tea kettle. The song was originally written by George Harold Sanders and Clarence Z. Kelley and published in 1939.[1] By 1941, a Newsweek article referred to the song as "the next inane novelty song to sweep the country".[2]


Clarence Kelley and his wife ran a dance school for children, which taught the "Waltz Clog", a popular and easy-to-learn tap dance routine. This routine, however, proved too difficult for the younger students to master. To solve this problem, George Sanders wrote The Teapot Song, which required minimal skill and encouraged natural pantomime. Both the song and its accompanying dance, the "Teapot Tip", became enormously popular in America and overseas.[3]

"I'm a Little Teapot" was recorded and made famous by Art Kassel and His Kassels in the Air orchestra with featured vocalist Marion Holmes singing the tune. It was published on Bluebird Records. Marion Holmes married Broadway, film, and TV star Don DeFore. Listen to song view Bluebird Record label


The song may be accompanied with actions: extending one arm in a curve like the spout, placing the other arm akimbo like the handle, and bending sideways to mimic pouring.


The original lyrics are as follows:[4]

I'm a little teapot,
Short and stout,
Here is my handle
Here is my spout
When I get all steamed up,
Hear me shout,
Tip me over and pour me out!

I'm a very special teapot,
Yes, it's true,
Here's an example of what I can do,
I can turn my handle into a spout,
Tip me over and pour me out!

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Sanders, Ronald (January 1972). Reflections on a Teapot, the Personal History of a Time. Harper & Row, New York. ISBN 978-0-06-013754-0.
  2. ^ Newsweek (1941), Vol. 18, p. 10.
  3. ^ Clark, Garth (October 2001). The Artful Teapot. Watson-Guptill. ISBN 0-8230-0319-1.
  4. ^ https://lyricstranslate.com/en/George-Harry-Sanders-Teapot-Song-Im-Little-Teapot-lyrics.html