Nota bene:

  • All these street organ arrangements are home-made. Contact me if you want a custom arrangement for your own street organ, musical box, barrel piano, or whatever.
  • The MP3s below use Virtual Studio Technology: this is NOT the real sound (my organ also has percussion, and sounds more natural), and someone needs to sing!
  • Lyrics or translations can be displayed live on a screen, karaoke-style.
TitleArtistLaYearCommentsLinks
Pablow the blowfishMiley Cyrusen2015
Cats on MarsYoko Kannoen1998Quasi-Japanese shit for your miniskirt moods.
George is my horseFay Lovskyen1992George says he don't like these cars / These stone trails, where's the grass?
Fungus the BogeymanThe Singing Organ-Grinderen1985Inspired in some fashion by Raymond Briggs' graphic novel.
Super Mario Sheep1985Mashup created for an agricultural theatre event.
FluffyGloria Balsam / Richard van Dorn / Davey Saylesen1980Her doggie gets lost in the woods, and Gloria is very sad: 'Here, Fluffy, where are you?'
Brave Sir RobinMonty Pythonen1975Packing it in and packing it up / And sneaking away and buggering off / And chickening out and pissing off home / Yes, bravely he is throwing in the sponge. See also John Grubb, St. George for England.
King of RomeDave Sudbury / June Tabor / The Unthanksen1970s?A pigeon race from Rome to England in 1913: On the day o' the big race a storm blew in / A thousand birds were swept away and never seen again.
Postman Pat / Pat el Cartero / Postmann PatBryan Daly / Ken Barrieno en1970In English or Norwegian. Virtual excerpt:
I don't eat animals and they don't eat meMelanie Safkaen1970Things were pretty bad in the 70s: I don't eat white flour, white sugar makes you rot, / Oh, white could be beautiful but mostly it's not.
Theme from the Magic RoundaboutAlain Legrand1970The bits featuring a barrel organ were more popular in Germany.
The bare necessities (The Jungle Book)Terry Gilkysonen1967
I wanna be like you (The Jungle Book)Sherman Brothers / Louis Primaen1967
Goldilocks and the three bearsAfferbeck Lauderen1965In English and in Strine: Girldie Larks, Girldie Larks, where have you been? / I beat up London and vented my spleen, / And then I cummome menai harrased the Behrs; / I yay tarp their porridge and bro karp their chairs. / I savaged the beds and I tordan the fences. / And frightened a little mouse out of its senses.
Los tres cochinitosCri-Cri / Francisco Gabilondo Soleres1963?Three little piggies are snoring in bed, and they're all dreaming about something different.
La patitaCri-Cri / Francisco Gabilondo Soleres1960?What will Mother Duck give her ducklings to eat now dad refuses to work and the market is so expensive?
PerritoCri-Cri / Francisco Gabilondo Soleres1960?Doggie
Ratón vaqueroCri-Cri / Francisco Gabilondo Soleres1960?Cowboy mouse
Puff, the magic dragon (Puff, el drac màgic)Leonard Lipton / Peter Yarrow / Peter, Paul and Maryen ca1960
Poisoning pigeons in the parkTom Lehreren1959
Elube (Mi Churri, gran perrito/My doggie, big little doggie)Ndirande Pitch Crooners / The Singing Organ-Grinderen1958The original song in Nyanja (Malawi) is about a girl, but it scans like a dog biting its tail, and so my English version is a homage to all the little doggies out there.
The hippopotamus songFlanders & Swannen1957Mud, mud, glorious mud, / Nothing quite like it for cooling the blood.
El baile de los pajaritos / The birdie song / De vogeltjesdansEl payo Juan Manuel / Werner Thomas / Johnny Hoeses nl en1955
How much is that doggie in the windowBob Merrill / Patti Pageen1953The one with the waggly tail. Lita Roza's version was Maggie Thatcher's favourite song.
I know an old lady who swallowed a flyBurl Ivesen1953I think she'll die.
My girl's pussyRobert Crumb & his Cheap Suit Serenadersen1940Often it goes out at night, returns at break of dawn / No matter what the weather's like it's always nice and warm.
The tale of Custard the dragonOgden Nashen1936Very childish: the dragon was a coward, and she called him Custard
My brother makes the noises for the talkiesAlbert Whelan / Jack Payne / Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Banden1931
De kikkertjes Anonnl1930?Dutch frogs are a sight for sore eyes.
La gallina PapanatasMonreales1930Mexican corrido about a prolific hen
The Barking Policeman (parody of The Laughing Policeman)George W. Johnson / Charles Penrose / Richard Littlejohnen1922Tribute to PC Steve Hutton of Swindon, who devised an interesting way of mitigating police cuts.
Panpipe call used by an itinerant French pot-mender and pig-gelder in GaliciaTrad.es fr1920With humorous quotes from Spanish Golden Age theatre (inc Quevedo and Calderón), sketching the accent, appearance and behaviour of French castrators and pot menders in the 16th/17th centuries. (Ambulant moped-chain-powered knife-grinders in Barcelona and other Mediterranean cities still use panpipes as advertising medium, but with less sophistication.)
The teddy bear's picnicJohn Brattonen1907
Incy wincy spiderTrad.en1900?
Away in a mangerTrad.en1884
Ballet of the unhatched chicksModest Mussorgsky1880 Virtual excerpt:
k Zag twee berennl1850?
Coplas novas y divertidas las cuals esplican los mals ratos que solen donar las pusas los polls y las chinchas com nu veurà lo que no sirà siegoRamon Barrull (Lérida / Lleida, C19th, printed by Coromines) / The Singing Organ-Grinderca1850Broadside ballad about vermin: Las chinchas es cosa bruta, / Conforme hos he dit; / Perque se solen posar, / A los pots y banchs dels llits.
Mary had a little lambSarah Josepha Hale / Lowell Mason / Afferbeck Lauderen1830 / 1965In 19th century English and then in 20th century Strine: So Mary Header little lamb / With vedgies and mint sauce. / 'Oh dearest lamb,' she cried, 'I am / As hungry as a horse.'
I love little pussyTrad.en1830Cats and mice
Pussy cat, pussy cat, where have you been?Trad.en1805Cats and mice
El lobo devoradorTrad.es1800A ravenous wolf in 19th century Spain. I don't think it's a metaphor for George Borrow: Es posible, justo cielo / que permita tu bondad / que contra el hombre se ensañe / una fiera sin piedad?
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall Trad.en1797Riddles and nonsense. Some busts are for ever.
Hey diddle diddleTrad.en1765Riddles and nonsense.
Hickory dickory dockTrad.en1744Cats and mice
Who killed Cock Robin?Trad.en1744One of the greatest murder songs in English: Who killed Cock Robin? / I, said the Sparrow, / with my bow and arrow, / I killed Cock Robin.
Baa, baa, black sheepTrad.en1731
La poule (Suite in G major/G minor)Rameaufr1726?With added chicken noises
The dragon of WantleyTrad.en1700?To see this fight, all people then / Got up on trees and houses, / On churches some, and chimneys too, / But these put on their trowses.
St. George for EnglandJohn Grubben1688The story of King Arthur old / Is very memorable, / The number of his valiant knights, / And roundness of his table
Three blind miceTrad.en1609 / 1805Both the original and the modern versions are available
Ding dong bell, pussy's in the wellTrad.en1580Cats and mice
A frog he would a wooing go Trad.en1548Fate
JilguerosLibertad Lamarque y JoselitoesFinches
Pican los mosquitosEl payo Juan ManuelesMe duelen los hue...sos
La fiera malvada de JerusalénTrad.esBallad about mythical monsters: Dos cuernos en la cabeza / también alas que volaba / vestida como una tortuga / no la hería ninguna bala.

Update: 2018/04/20