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Listen and Learn Music: 'Dem Bones, 'Dem Bones

Thursday, October 15, 2009

'Dem Bones, 'Dem Bones

How about a Halloween song that almost everyone knows, or at least has heard once or twice? It's actually an old spiritual, but over the years has become a staple for this time of year. Most of my students instantly recognize this when I begin singing or playing one of the many versions that has been recorded for children. My favorite is in the style of a barbershop quartet, and you can find it on the album Wee Sing for Halloween. What's great about "Dry Bones" is that it doubles as a fun way to work on body part identification.



Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones!
Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones!
Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones!
Oh see dem skeleton bones.

The foot bone connected to the leg bone,
The leg bone connected to the knee bone,
The knee bone connected to the thigh bone,
The thigh bone connected to the back bone,
The back bone connected to the neck bone,
The neck bone connected to the head bone,
Oh see dem skeleton bones.

Dem bones, dem bones gonna walk around,
Dem bones, dem bones, gonna walk around,
Dem bones, dem bones, gonna walk around,
Oh see dem skeleton bones.

The head bone connected to the neck bone,
The neck bone connected to the back bone,
The back bone connected to the thigh bone,
The thigh bone connected to the knee bone,
The knee bone connected to the leg bone,
The leg bone connected to the foot bone,
Oh see dem skeleton bones.

Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones!
Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones!
Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones!
Oh see dem skeleton bones.

I usually pass out rhythm sticks for this song, and yesterday, one of my students did the cutest, most clever thing with them. She made a "skeleton" out of an entire tub of sticks, and then pointed to each different "bone" as it was sung. Seriously, these kids never cease to amaze me.

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2 Comments:

At October 15, 2009 at 9:20 AM , Blogger Mikaela said...

Wow, I haven't heard that one in FOREVER. ;-)

 
At October 15, 2009 at 10:15 AM , OpenID mrsgee said...

Bill Vollinger actually does a great 2 part treble chorus arrangement of this song combined with Ezekiel Saw the Wheel. it's called Ezekiel! and we're working on it for our next mid-school choir performance! even with 7t hand 8th graders, this one is a favorite!!

 

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