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
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 Balsamen1983Her doggie gets lost in the woods, and Gloria is very sad: 'Here, Fluffy, where are you?'
Cats on MarsYoko Kannoen1980Quasi-Japanese shit for your miniskirt moods.
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 pig gelder in GaliciaTrad.es fr1920Ambulant 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, siglo 19, imprenta de 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: 2018/01/17