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St. Patrick's Day Parodies
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What is a parody?


Sung to tune:
Do your ears hang low
Do your Ears Point Up?
Sung to tune:  
Eensy Weensy Spider
Eensy Weensy Leprechaun
Sung to tune:  
       Farmer in the Dell
The Shamrock is Green
Sung to tune:
He's a Jolly Good Fellow
St. Patrick's Day
Sung to tune:
If You're Happy & You Know It
St. Patrick's Day Song
The Leprechaun Song
Sung to tune:  
I'm a Little Teapot

I'm a Little Leprechaun #1
I'm a Little Leprechaun #2
I'm a Little Leprechaun #3
I'm a Little Shamrock
Sung to tune:  
Muffin Man

Catch Him If You Can
Sung to tune:  
Mulberry Bush
On St. Patrick's Day
Sung to tune:  
Skip to My Lou

Can't Catch Me
Sung to tune:  
Twinkle Twinkle

How Many Leprechauns?
Sung to tune:
Yankee Doodle

Wee Little Patrick

Parody Fingerplays

— Leprechaun Fingerplay
— The Leprechaun
— This Little Leprechaun
Old Rhymes

— 5 Green Shamrocks
— 5 Little Leprechauns
— 5 Wee Leprechauns
— I Caught a Leprechaun
— Shamrocks
— Shawn, Shawn, the      Leprechaun


 

What is a parody?

 

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Parody = Frequently, parodies may be a humorous, witty piece of literature or musical work exaggerating something in literature, civics, music, etc. usually imitating a well-known piece of work  (e.g., The Embarrassing Episode of Little Miss Muffet, etc).  

In this situation, the parodies are imitating well-known and beloved children's songs, finger plays, and old rhymes.

 

See:  Nursery Rhymes
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Parody Sung to tune:  
Do Your Ears Hang Low
Sing Along

Do your Ears Point Up?


Do your ears point up? 
     (Pull on tops of ears.)
Do you have a lot of luck?  
     (Cross fingers.)
For gold do you dig?  
     (Pretend to dig.)
Can you dance an Irish jig? 
     (Dance a jig.)
If you answered, "Yes," 
     (Nod head.)
You're a leprechaun, I'd guess! 
     (Wink eye.)
Do your ears point up? 
     (Pull on tops of ears.)

 

 

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Parody Sung to the Tune:  
Eensy Weensy Spider
Sing Along Tune #1

Sing Along Tune #2


Eensy Weensy Leprechaun

An eensy, weensy leprechaun
   came out St. Patrick's Day
   to look for the gold
   that was hidden far away.
Over the rainbow
   was where he was told
   so, with the wink of his green eye,
   he ran for the gold.

 

 

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Parody Sung to tune:  
Farmer in the Dell
Sing Along


The Shamrock is Green

The shamrock is green
The shamrock is green
Hi, ho, St. Patrick's Day
The shamrock is green.

 

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Parody Sung to the Tune:  
He's a Jolly Good Fellow


St. Patrick's Day

We're wearing orange (or green) for the Irish
We're wearing orange (or green) for the Irish
We're wearing orange (or green) for the Irish
On this St. Patrick's Day.

We'll dance a jig for the Irish
We'll dance a jig for the Irish
We'll dance a jig for the Irish
On this St. Patrick's Day.

Me fither & mither were Irish
Me fither & mither were Irish
Me fither & mither were Irish
and I am Irish too.

We kept a pig in the parlor
We kept a pig in the parlor
We kept a pig in the parlor
and he is Irish too.

 

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Parodies Sung to tune:  
If You're Happy and You Know It
Sing Along


St. Patrick's Day Song

If you're wearing orange (or green) today, dance a jig,
If you're wearing orange (or green) today, dance a jig,
If you're wearing orange (or green) today,
Dance a jig, then smile and say,
"Have a very Happy St. Patrick's Day"

Additional verses:
"If you're wearing orange (or green) today, clap your hands"
"If you're wearing orange (or green) today, spin around"
"If you're wearing orange (or green) today, shout "Hurray!""
"If you're wearing orange (or green) today, stamp your feet"

The Leprechaun Song

I saw a leprechaun all dressed in green.
It was the only leprechaun I've ever seen.
He had a pixie turned up nose
And pixie turned up toes.
Oh, I saw a leprechaun all dressed in green.

He was only about as big as my thumb,
He was only about as big as my thumb.
His beard was long & white
I marvelled at his height.
He was only about as big as my thumb.

He had buried secret, hidden treasure,
He had buried, secret, hidden treasure.
I couldn't believe my eyes
You can imagine my surprise,
He had buried, secret, hidden treasure.

 

 

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Parody Sung to tune:  
I'm a Little Teapot
I'm a Little Leprechaun

I'm a little leprechaun
Dressed in green,
The tiniest man
That you ever seen.
If you ever catch me, it is told,
I'll give you my pot of gold!
I'm a Little Leprechaun

I'm a little Leprechaun, short and green.
Here is my shamrock but I can't be seen.
When you pull my feather, hear me scream
         (everyone scream)
I'm a little Leprechaun, short and green.

 

 
I'm a Little leprechaun

I'm a little leprechaun, can't you see?
I am as tiny as can be!
I only come around just once a year
That's when St. Patrick's Day is here!
I'm a Little Shamrock

I'm a little shamrock see my leaves.
Count my three petals if you please.
If you give me water and lots of sun,
I'll bring you good luck and lots of fun.

 

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Parody Sung to the Tune:  
The Muffin Man
Sing Along

Catch him if you can

Oh! have you seen a leprechaun,
     a leprechaun, a leprechaun?
Oh! have you seen a leprechaun
     who came from Ireland?

 

 

 

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Parody Sung to the Tune:  
Mulberry Bush
Sing Along

On St. Patrick's Day


Let's wear orange (or green) and dance a jig,
Dance a jig, dance a jig.
Let's wear orange (or green) and dance a jig,
On St. Patrick's Day.

 

 

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Parody Sung to tune:  
Skip to My Lou

Can't Catch Me

Can't, can't, can't Catch me!
Can't, can't, can't Catch me!
Can't, can't, can't Catch me!
For I'm wearing orange (or green), you see!

 

 

 

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Parody Sung to tune:  
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
Sing Along

How Many Leprechauns?


How many leprechauns do you see?
Can you count them, one, two, three?
How many skinny ones?
How many fat?
How many leprechauns with out a hat?
How many leprechauns do you see?
Can you count them, one, two, three?

 

 

 

 

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Parody Sung to tune:  
Yankee Doodle
Sing Along


Wee Little Patrick

Patrick is a leprechaun
He has a sack of gold
He hides it in a special place
Between two stumps, I'm told
I think I saw Patrick
Out in the woods at play
He smiled and laughed and winked his eye
And then he ran away

Don't try to follow Patrick
To find his treasure sack
He'll twist and jump and run away
And he never will come back.
Patrick is a leprechaun
He has a sack of gold
He hides it in a special place
Between two stumps, I'm told

 

 

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Finger Play Parodies

Leprechaun Fingerplay

The Leprechaun
   

This Little Leprechaun
 

 

 

Leprechaun Fingerplay

Leprechaun, leprechaun,
Hiding in the hay. (Hide pointer finger under opposite hand.)

Leprechaun, leprechaun,
Don't you run away. (Hop pointer finger around.)

Leprechaun, leprechaun,
Let's go out and play. (Hop both pointer fingers together.)

Leprechaun, leprechaun,
It's St. Patrick's Day! (Dance pointer fingers up and down.)

 

 

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This Little Leprechaun

This little leprechaun slid down the rainbow,
        (Point to thumb.)

This little leprechaun stayed home.  
       (Point to index finger.)

This little leprechaun picked a shamrock, 
       (Point to middle finger.)

This little leprechaun found some gold. 
       (Point to ring finger.)

This little leprechaun cried, "See if you can catch me," 
       (Point to little finger.)

As he ran home.  
       (Wiggle little finger.)

 

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The Leprechaun

A leprechaun is small and green,
      (Use hand to indicate a small person.)

He hides where he cannot be seen.
      (Cover eyes with hands.)

But if you catch one on this day,
      (Shake finger.)

He must give his gold away.
     (Pretend to put gold in pocket.)

 

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Old Rhymes

Five Green Shamrocks

Five Little Leprechauns

Five Wee Leprechauns

I Caught a Leprechaun

Shamrocks

Shawn, Shawn, the Leprechaun

 

Five Green Shamrocks

Five green shamrocks growing outdoors
(Child's name) picked one, and that left four.

Four little shamrocks, green as they can be.
(Child's name) picked one and that left three.

Three little shamrocks playing peek-a-boo
(Child's name) picked one and that left two.

Two little shamrocks nodding in the sun,
(Child's name) picked one, and that left one.

One little shamrock for St. Patrick's Day fun.
(Child's name) picked it, and that left none.

 

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Five Little Leprechauns

Five little leprechauns were dancing on the shore.
The king waved a magic wand, and then there were________.

Four little leprechauns were dancing merrily.
The king waved a magic wand, and then there were________.

Three little leprechauns danced a jig as they can do.
The king waved a magic wand, and then there were_________.

Two little leprechauns were dancing on the run.
The king waved a magic wand, and then there was _______.

One little leprechaun was lonely as could be.
The king called all the leprechauns and gave them cakes and tea.

 

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Five Wee Leprechauns

Five wee leprechauns scurrying by my door,
One jumped away, then there were 4.

Four wee leprechauns climbing in my tree,
One hid in the green leaves, then there were 3.

Three wee leprechauns, just a busy few,
One went for a pot of gold, then there were 2.

Two wee leprechauns, having lots of fun,
One hopped over the rainbow, then there was 1.

One wee leprechaun, with all his work done.
He slipped off for a nap, then there was 0.

 

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I Caught a Leprechaun

Mother, mother,
What do you say ?
I caught a leprechaun
Out at play!

Mother, mother,
What do you say?
That little leprechaun
Ran away!

Mother, mother
What do you think
He meant when he turned
And gave me a wink!

 

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Shamrocks

5 Little Shamrocks lying in the grass
   along came a leprechaun skipping down the path
He picked one up and put it on the door
   that's for good luck now there are 4

4 little shamrocks lying in the grass
   along came a leprechaun skipping down the path
He picked it up and and put it on a tree
   that's for good luck now there are 3

3 little shamrocks lying in the grass
   along came a leprechaun skipping down the path
He picked it up and put it on his shoe
   that's for good luck now there are 2

2 little shamrocks lying in the grass
   along came a leprechaun skipping down the path
He picked it up and held it toward the sun
   that's for good luck now there is 1

1 little shamrock lying in the grass
   along came a leprechaun skipping down the path
He left it there so there'd always be 1
   that's for good luck and now my story is done!

 

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Shawn, Shawn, the Leprechaun

Shawn, Shawn, the leprechaun
Danced through the forest with a green suit on.
You can chase him all day long
Come too close and poof he's gone.

 

 

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