10 Little Ducks

Eli has music class at school. This is good since he has taken over my sister- in-law’s nickname of “Jukebox Joy” and we call him “Jukebox Eli” because sometimes when he starts singing, he doesn’t stop.

Tonight at the dinner table he decided to entertain us with a new song he’s learned in music class. “10 Little Ducks.” I’m sure that I’ve heard this song before but didn’t remember how it ended. It’s easy enough to follow:

10 little ducks went out to play,
Over the hills and far away.
When Momma duck said, “Quack, quack, quack!”
9 little ducks came waddling back.

Repeat until you get to zero. It comes complete with cute hand gestures and appropriate faces. However, the best part is the punchline and Eli delivered it fabulously this evening.

No little ducks went out to play,
Over the hills and far away.
When Daddy duck said, “Quack, quack, quack!”
10 little ducks came waddling back.

Daddy Duck had a very deep, gruff voice and he paused nicely for the last line to make maximum impact. Stephen and I fell out of our chairs laughing.

Next time you see him, ask him to sing it for you. It’s worth the first 11 verses to hear the punchline.

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5 Comments

  1. Joyous
    on November 30, 2006 at 8:00 pm | Permalink

    Oh, good, I was wondering what was happening to each little duck…envisioning vicious trolls or hunters or something…

  2. on November 30, 2006 at 11:46 pm | Permalink

    Actually, I thought they were just helping determine whether ten women were witches.

    But … yes, I will have to hear this. And record it.

  3. May
    on December 1, 2006 at 11:49 am | Permalink

    You should be recording all his songs so you can listen to his little voice when he is a grown man. That is what I do from time to time.

  4. on December 3, 2006 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

    i love that song myself, since i sing that song at work EVERY day. oh how i love my job =)

  5. duchess
    on March 21, 2007 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

    We recently learned this song (Except it’s five ducks) and so far it’s a hit!