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
Released 1939
Format Sheet music
Genre Children's music
Label Kelman Music Corporation

"I'm a Little Teapot", is an American song describing the heating and pouring of a teapot or a whistling tea kettle, which also has a spout but would be used to pour hot water onto tea bags or a tea ball filled with loose tea leaves. The song was originally written by George Harold Sanders and Clarence Z. Kelley and published in 1939.[1]


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.[2]

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  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. ^ Clark, Garth (October 2001). The Artful Teapot. Watson-Guptill. ISBN 0-8230-0319-1.