This is the July-4th drum-story-song for kids

This July-4th drum-story-song includes children's nursery rhymes as well as children's songs and has been a hit with children ages 3 to 13, as well as with their parents.

Although the theme is the celebration of July-4th in the USA, it can be adapted to other occasions. Enjoy!
Let me tell you the story of a man named Charlie who set out to see America.

Now let me tell you the story of a man named Charlie
On this magic and fateful day.
He had no money in his pockets, left his life behind him
To discover the U. S. A.

But did he ever return?
No he never returned.
And his fate is still unlearned.
(Where is Charlie.)

He may ride forever
All around this country
He’s the man who never returned.

He was living in Southern Marin at the time. So what kind of transportation do you suppose he chose?

Did he take a bus – no – he had no money for a bus.
A car? – he didn’t have a driver’s license.
A train?- he certainly had no money for a train.
A boat? A BOAT!
What kind of a boat?
Not a ferryboat – he had no money for a ferryboat.
Not a sailboat – the only sails he knew about were the ones at stores when things were 50% off.
Not a powerboat because he didn’t like to make waves.

But, he was kinda dinghy so…… he set out to discover America on July-4th in a small wooden boat he borrowed from his friend.

He went to Fisherman’s Wharf and asked the dockmaster for some gas for the boat. But the dockmaster said, “But, you don’t have an engine! And, because you don’t have an engine for this small boat, you are gonna have to row your boat. He said:

Row, Row, row your boat
Gently down the stream.

Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily
Life is but a dream.

Well, life is but a dream because Charlie fell asleep! And when he woke up, he had landed at a farm owned by Mr. MacDonald who was very old. The children called him Old MacDonald. You see:

Old MacDonald had a farm
Ee I ee I oh.
And on that farm he had a sheep
Ee I ee I oh.

With a baa baa here
And a baa baa there.
Here a baa, there a baa.
Everywhere a baa baa.
Old MacDonald had a farm
Ee I ee I oh.

And when Charlie landed, he saw a black sheep whose name was Sally, and he asked her if she had any wool. He said:

Baa, baa, black sheep
Have you any wool?
Yes sir, yes sir,
Three bags full.

One for the master,
One for the dame,
And one for the little boy
Who lives down the lane.

Baa, baa, black sheep
Have you any wool?
Yes sir, yes sir,
Three bags full.

Well, Charlie had never seen a sheep before and was fascinated with the sheep’s ears. So he asked Sally about them, “Do ….. your ….. ears …. hang…… low ...??:

Do your ears hang low?
Do they wobble to and fro?
Can you tie them in a knot?
Can you tie them in a bow?

Can you throw them over your shoulder
Like a continental soldier?
Do your ears hang low?

So Sally the sheep figured out that Charlie didn't know much about animals, and decided to tell him about some of the other animals on the farm. Charlie also learned about the farmer's little grandchild whose name was Mary. Do you know what a sheep is called before it grows up? It’s called a lamb. Well, Mary had

Mary had a little lamb
Little lamb
Little lamb.
Mary had a little lamb
Whose fleece is white as snow.

And everywhere that Mary went
Mary went
Mary went
Everywhere that Mary went
The lamb was sure to go.

Charlie wanted to meet Mary, but Sally the Sheep told him that Mary had left the farm to go to the market to buy a fat pig. Mary had left saying:

To market, to market
To buy a fat pig.
Home again, home again
Jiggedy-jig.

When Mary got back to the farm, she was introduced to Charlie. Charlie asked about all the little pigs that Mary had around her. Mary pointed out each piggy and explained:

This little piggy went to market.
This little piggy stayed home.
This little piggy had roast beef.
This little piggy had none.

This little piggy went
Wee wee wee wee
All the way home.

Now Charlie’s rowboat had been smashed to smithereens by the surf when he landed at the farm by the sea. So he asked Sally the Sheep if there were any animals on the farm who could carry him on his travels around the country to discover America on July-4th. Sally the sheep told Charlie about the Old Gray Mare, but she was concerned because she was old and might not be strong enough to carry Charlie on the journey. She said:

The old gray mare
She ain’t what she used to be,
Ain’t what she used to be
Ain’t what she used to be.

The old gray mare,
She ain’t what she used to be
Many long years ago.

Sally the Sheep sent the Red Red Robin to find the Old Gray Mare and ask her if she could find a sturdy horse willing to carry Charlie on his July-4th trip. Then the sun went down and what came out? The stars came out. And what do stars do? They twinkle! Sally said to the stars:

Twinkle twinkle little star
How I wonder what you are.
Up above the world so high
Like a diamond in the sky.

Twinkle twinkle little star
How I wonder what you are.

And then it was evening and everyone went to bed. Now, there wasn’t much room in the farmhouse for Charlie and all the animals, so Farmer McDonald had to put ten in a bed. So…

There were ten in the bed
And the little one said
Roll over, roll over.
They all rolled over and one fell out.

There were nine in the bed
And the little one said
Roll over, roll over.
They all rolled over and one fell out.

Eight…
Seven…
Six…
Five…
Four…
Three…
Two…

….There was one in the bed
And the little one said
Goodnight!

Before they all went to sleep, one of the animals took a wad of chewing gum out of his mouth and put it onto the bedpost. He looked at Charlie and asked:

Does your chewing gum lose its flavour
On the bedpost overnight?
If your mother says don't chew it,
Do you swallow it in spite?

Can you catch it on your tonsils?
Can you heave it left & right?
Does your chewing gum lose its flavour
on the bedpost overnight?

And then, the morning of July-4th, the morning bells started ringing, letting them know it was time to get up. Farmer McDonald’s brother asked Farmer John if he was still sleeping. He shook him and said:

Are you sleeping?
Are you sleeping?
Brother John
Brother John.

Morning bells are ringing.
Morning bells are ringing.
Ding, dong, ding
Ding, dong, ding.

Well, there were some slowpokes getting up, and Farmer John’s brother told them to stop crying about getting up. He saw the Red Red Robin who came bopping along and said:

When the red red robin
Comes bob bob bobbin'
Along, along.
There'll be no more sobbin'
When he starts singing
His own sweet song!

So wake up, wake up you sleepyhead.
Get up, get up, get outta bed.
Cheer up, cheer up the sun is red.
Live, love, laugh and be happy!

After the Red Red Robin had awakened everyone, he told them that the Old Grey Mare would be coming round the Sierra mountains any time now. He said:

She’ll be coming round the mountain
When she comes. (When she comes.)
She’ll be coming round the mountain
When she comes. When she comes.)

She’ll be coming round the mountain.
She’ll be coming round the mountain.
She’ll Be coming round the mountain
When she comes.

But, you know, just because the mare is old and gray doesn't mean that she is no longer clever and cunning! Her name is Alice De Weese, but we all call her Alice De Wise because there was so much information stored in her brain. Alice has been storing up information for years and years! There is so much knowledge in her brain that it sometimes takes time to sort through it all. But, AH! It is worth the wait!

Now, Alice De Wise Mare promised to bring six white horses to meet Charlie on July-4th. And so the farm animals told Charlie that when the Old Gray Mare arrived:

She'll be driving six white horses
When she comes,
(when she comes).
She'll be driving six white horses
When she comes.

She'll be driving six white horses.
She'll be driving six white horses.
She'll be driving six white horses
When she comes.

One of the white horses agreed to carry Charlie on his July-4th adventure. So Charlie was given a bag of wool by Sally the Sheep to keep him warm and they set off to discover America.

Farmer McDonald warned them about a big bad wolf that had been seen in the area, but Charlie said he wasn’t afraid. He said:

Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf
The big bad wolf
The big bad wolf?

Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf
Tra la la la la.

As they waved goodbye to everyone, they sang about this land that is made for you and me. They said:

This land is your land
This land is my land
From California to the New York Islands
From the Redwood Forests to the Gulf Stream waters
This land is made for you and me.

But, Charlie and the white horse finally did return after many adventures all over the United States. And when they headed back to California they sang:

California here I come
Right back where I started from.
Where bowers of flowers bloom in the sun
Each morning at dawning birdies sing an’ ev’rything.

A Sunkist Miss said, don’t be late.
That’s why he can hardly wait.
Open up that golden gate.
California here I come.

And what day do you suppose they arrived back in Corte Madera? You guessed it - July-4th! And there was a big parade and firecrackers and a whole lot of fun! The people all celebrated the return of Charlie and the Independence of the United States.


And that's Charlie's July-4th story!

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