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Any suggestions for songs to include in my set list?

Asked by Strauss (20485points) April 29th, 2009

I have been asked to perform for about an hour for my daughter’s 3rd grade class. I will be accompanying myself on guitar, and would like to do some songs that are easy to sing along, at least the chorus. The theme is friendship, and the teacher has suggested Black and White by Three Dog Night and All You Need Is Love by The Beatles. Any more suggestions?

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shrubbery's avatar

We’re Going to be Friends – The White Stripes

edit :: oops, sorry, not much of a chorus in that one. But it’s a cute song, and there’s also a Jack Johnson version from Curious George.

GAMBIT's avatar

This Land is Your Land – Woody Guthrie
Blue Tail Fly – Burl Ives
Puff the Magic Dragon – Peter, Paul & Mary
This Old Man – Public Domain
We Shall Overcome – Pete Seeger

Hope this is helpful.

shrubbery's avatar

I second puff the magic dragon, though it’s a bit sad too.

NaturalMineralWater's avatar

Dag. I guess thunderstruck is out of the picture.

aprilsimnel's avatar

I looked up You Are My Sunshine and discovered that it’s actually a sad country song. How about that? I only ever knew the chorus.

So how about The More We Get Together?

This page has a slew of children’s songs to choose from.

ubersiren's avatar

You’ve got a friend in me- Randy Newman

janbb's avatar

“We’re Going to the Zoo” – Tom Paxton
“This Land is Your Land” – Woody Guthrie
“Yellow Sumarine” – The Beatles
“If I Had a Hammer” – Pete Seeger
“Red River Valley”
“She Wore a Yellow Ribbon”
“Blowin’ in the Wind” – Bob Dylan
“Here Comes the Sun” – the Beatles
“Tie a Yellow Ribbon” – Engleburt Humperdink?

AstroChuck's avatar

Take Me Out To The Ballgame
Octopus’s Garden
Baby Beluga
This Land Is Your Land
Imagine
Sloop John B
De Colores
Un Elefante
Take Me Home Country Roads
Ain’t She Sweet
Stairway To Heaven

j/k about that last one.

Strauss's avatar

Thanks a lot, everyone!. I’ve been singing a lot of these songs (like Puff, the Magic Dragon) since the early sixties. So far there are 28. That’s way more than an hour! I’ll report back on my final set list and let you know how it goes I’m sure the kids will love to spend an hour of class time being entertained!

cyndyh's avatar

In third grade I loved the song It’s a Small World. It’s easy for kids to sing along to and can be easy to find in other languages.

Strauss's avatar

@cyndyh That’s a great idea! The school is a language immersion school, and the students spend half a day in an immersion language (French, Mandarin or Spanish) and the other half in English.

cyndyh's avatar

That’s cool! Those were the first verses I ever learned in French.

Strauss's avatar

Here it is:

Black and White
All You Need is Love
Puff the Magic Dragon (thanks @GAMBIT )
You’ve Got a Friend in Me (thanks @ubersiren )
Octopus’s Garden (thanks @AstroChuck )
It’s a Small World (thanks @cyndyh )
De Colores (thanks @AstroChuck, I was already considering it when I saw your suggestion)
All My Life’s a Circle (my own suggestion for personal reasons)
This Land is Your Land (Thanks @janbb)

It was a beautiful day here, and the kids were really excited because they only had one more day of school left. the teacher spent most of the morning packing her stuff and let the students watch a movie. When the movie was over, I was the babysitter entertainment for the next hour-and-a-half. Nine songs made a good set, with 3–5 minutes per song and 5–7 minutes discussion after each one. The kids were really into it, and enjoyed singing along.

janbb's avatar

@Yetanotheruser Glad it worked out well!

cyndyh's avatar

That sounds like a great set list and a great forum for that age group. I’m glad you had fun with it. Cheers!

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