List of Thanksgiving Songs

Although not as widespread as Christmas carols, numerous songs have been written about the Native Americans, pilgrims, harvested food and the thankful theme of the Thanksgiving holiday. Thanksgiving songs come in different forms including simple secular children's rhymes, spiritual praise hymns, treasured classics and funny tunes that have become modern classics.


Lead children in these basic Thanksgiving songs, which are sung to the tune of common nursery rhymes and songs most children already know. Teach preschool and kindergarten children these basic songs in the classroom, at daycare or at home. Little Pilgrim (Author Unknown) Sung to the tune of "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" "Little Pilgrim dressed in gray on that first Thanksgiving Day. Little Indian dressed in brown, Came to visit Plymouth Town, They both came to eat and pray on that first Thanksgiving Day." The First Thanksgiving (Author Unknown) Sung to the tune of "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" "Pick the corn and pick the beans, Pick the squash and other greens It is harvest time you see Come and share a feast with me. Bring your family out to play, We'll call this Thanksgiving Day." Turkey Dinner (Author Unknown) Sung to the tune of "Frère Jacques"/"Are you sleeping" "Turkey Dinner, Turkey Dinner Gather Round, Gather Round Who will get the drumstick? Yummy Yummy drumstick All sit down, all sit down. Cornbread, muffins, Chestnuts, stuffing, Pudding pie ten feet high. We were all much thinner, before we sat for dinner! Me, oh, my me, oh, my."


Many religious songs of praise and thanksgiving can be adapted to Thanksgiving services; these three, in particular, sing of a thankful spirit. Count Your Blessings Words by Johnson Oatman, Jr., Music by Edwin O. Excell "When upon life's billows you are tempest tossed, When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost, Count your many blessings, name them one by one, And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done. Refrain Count your blessings, name them one by one, Count your blessings, see what God hath done! Count your blessings, name them one by one, And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done. Are you ever burdened with a load of care? Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear? Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly, And you will keep singing as the days go by. Refrain When you look at others with their lands and gold, Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold; Count your many blessings. Wealth can never buy Your reward in heaven, nor your home on high. Refrain So, amid the conflict whether great or small, Do not be disheartened, God is over all; Count your many blessings, angels will attend, Help and comfort give you to your journey's end." Give Thanks by Henry Smith Give thanks with a grateful heart Give thanks unto the Holy One Give thanks because He's given Jesus Christ, His Son (repeat) And now let the weak say, 'I am strong' Let the poor say, 'I am rich' Because of what the Lord has done for us" He Has Made Me Glad Written by Leona Von Brethorst "I will enter his gates with thanksgiving in my heart I will enter his courts with praise I will say this is the day that the Lord has made I will rejoice for he has made me glad He has made me glad He has made me glad I will rejoice for he has made me glad (2x)"


Sing along to these two songs, which have become classics through radio play every November. Lydia Maria Child's "Over the River and Through the Woods" dates back to a poem Child wrote about visiting her grandfather's house in "Flowers for Children: Volume 2" in 1844. Adam Sandler's "The Thanksgiving Song" is a silly rhyming piece the actor released on his 1993 comedy album "They're All Gonna Laugh at You!" Over the River and Through the Woods by Lydia Maria Child "Over the river, and through the woods, To Grandfather's house we go; The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh through the white and drifted snow. Over the river, and through the woods--- Oh, how the wind does blow! It stings the toes and bites the nose As over the ground we go. Over the river, and through the woods, To have a first-rate play. Hear the bells ring, "Ting-a-ling-ding," Hurrah for Christmas Day! Over the river, and through the wood Trot fast, my dapple-gray! Spring over the ground like a hunting-hound, For this is Christmas Day. Over the river, and through the woods--- And straight through the barnyard gate, We seem to go extremely slow, It is so hard to wait! Over the river, and through the woods--- Now Grandmother's cap I spy! Hurrah for the fun! Is the pudding done? Hurrah for the pumpkin pie!" The Thanksgiving Song by Adam Sandler "Love to eat turkey Love to eat turkey Love to eat turkey 'Cause it's good Love to east turkey Like a good boy should 'Cause it's turkey to eat So good Turkey for me Turkey for you Let's eat the turkey in my big brown shoe Love to eat the turkey At the table I once saw a movie With Betty Grable Eat that turkey All night long Fifty million Elvis fans Can't be wrong Turkey turkey doo and Turkey turkeydap I eat that turkey Then I take a nap Thanksgiving is a special night Jimmy Walker used to say Dynomite That's right Turkey with gravy and cranberry Can't believe the Mets traded Darryl Strawberry Turkey for you and Turkey for me Can't believe Tyson Gave that girl V.D. White meat, dark meat You just can't lose I fell off my moped And I got a bruise Turkey in the oven And the buns in the toaster I'll never take down My Cheryl Tiegs poster Wrap the turkey up In aluminum foil My brother like to masturbate With baby oil Turkey and sweet potato pie Sammy Davis Jr. Only had one eye Turkey for the girls and Turkey for the boys My favorite kind of pant Are corduroy Gobble gobble goo and Gobble gobble gickel I wish turkey Only cost a nickel Oh I love turkey on Thanksgiving"

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A proud native of Sacramento, Calif., Ivy Morris began her writing career freelancing music stories for local magazines. She has been writing professionally since 2002. Her feature articles have appeared in "Prosper Magazine," "The Music and Sound Retailer" and "Sacramento Parent Magazine." Morris holds a Bachelor of Arts in government-journalism from Sacramento State University.

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