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Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Row, Row, Row Your Boat” is an English nursery rhyme, and a popular children’s song/proverb, often sung as a round.

Row, row, row your boat,
Gently down the stream.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
Life is but a dream.

Song: Row, Row, Row Your Boat.wav

Additional verses

Row, row, row the boat
Gently down the stream
If you see a waterfall
Don’t forget to scream

Row, row, row the boat
Gently down the river
If you see a polar bear
Don’t forget to shiver

Row, row, row the boat
Gently to the shore
If you see a lion
Don’t forget to roar

Row, row, row the boat
Gently in the bath
If you see a spider
Don’t forget to laugh

Row, row, row the boat
Gently as can be
Cause if you’re not careful
You’ll fall into the sea!

Row, row, row your boat
Gently down the lake
Don’t stand up and rock the boat
That’s a big mistake!

Alternate lyrics

There are alternate versions to the original verse, mostly less pleasant. One well known version amongst British and American schoolchildren is as follows:

Row, row, row the boat
Gently down the stream
Throw your teachers overboard
And listen to them scream!

Another version goes:

Row, row, row your boat,
Gently down the stream. or “Underneath the stream.”
Ha! Ha! Fool’d ya all!
I’m a submarine.

Mister Rogers version:
Propel, propel, propel your craft,
Unforcefully down the liquid solution.
Ecstatically, ecstatically, ecstatically, ecstatically,
Existence is merely an illusion.

Don Music from Sesame Street eventually came up with these lyrics (see below):

Drive, drive, drive your car,
Gently down the street.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
Life is but a treat.

Mr. Bean in Bean (film) variated the lyrics while drunk:

Row, row, row your boat
Gently down the stream.
If you see a crocodile,
Don’t forget to scream.
Argh!

Wow version

Row, row, row your boat
Gently down the stream.
If you see a Naga Siren,
Don’t forget to scream.

Tre Cool‘s druggie version

Roll, roll, roll a joint,
Twist it in the end.
Light it up and take a puff,
and pass it to your friends.

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June 10, 2008 at 3:05 pm 1 comment


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