3 Little Fishies

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Information About 3 Little Fishies

"Three Little fishes" is a children's song that was adapted by American jazz bandleader Horace Kirby Dowell into a jazz standard in 1939. The song is believed to have been adapted from a traditional southern children's song by Josephine Judson Carringer and continues to be enjoyed as a children's song.

The song became a smash hit for the Kay Kyser orchestra in 1941, when the band was riding high in popularity as a result of the music-quiz radio program called Kay Kyser's kollege of musical knowledge. The song has been covered by many other artists since.

Some versions of this song have only one whale (not whales)
Some versions see the shark after dark (instead of "it was a lark").

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Terri, United States

14 May 2015 at 2:35pm

I'm 63 and I remember my Mom singing this to me. I still sing it once in a while. Great little song. My grandkids think I'm nuts. "How did you make up that song" they say? I tell them their great grandmother used to sing it to me.

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Marilyn, United States

26 April 2015 at 6:07am

My grandmother would sing this song at bedtime. I love that I'm able to find it with the words . Now my sister can sing it to her grandchildren.

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Taryn, South Africa

15 October 2014 at 9:13am

Hi! Love this song. Was part of a compilation of children's songs that we listened to as kids in the 80's. Our version was sung by a male voice...any help on the singer?

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Laura emanuel, South Africa

27 May 2014 at 12:34pm

Love it,,,,, aunty Joyce used to sing it to our children and now i want to sing it to my granchild. I wish i knew how to save it. Thank you

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gosgdsery, Faroe Islands

21 May 2014 at 2:58pm


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Casey, United States

28 March 2013 at 2:25pm

My gradnfather sang this to my mom then to us 25 years later. He passed but I will always remember this song as well as the little old lady that swallowed a fly.

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Linda, Canada

9 March 2013 at 7:23pm

My Mom used to sing this to us. As I was finishing a quilt last week that she started a year before she died (33 Years ago!), this song kept playing in my mind. Your site provided me with the long forgotten last verses. Thank you. I will now be singing this wonderful silly song to my grandchildren.

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Maris, Malaysia

3 February 2013 at 7:01am

i love this....applied in my Year 1 pupils...they really love it....

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Layla, Austria

23 January 2013 at 6:52am

I hate this kiddy song

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Grace, United Kingdom

23 January 2013 at 6:49am

In music we learned this song and I think it's great!

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Maris, Malaysia

17 January 2013 at 6:09pm

The song was great....suitable for my assignment...tq

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Izhary, Philippines

15 November 2012 at 7:37am


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Izhary, Philippines

15 November 2012 at 7:35am

im 7 years old and we sing it to sing along sometimes on asmbley

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Chris, United States

27 July 2012 at 7:06pm

I also have great memories of this song as a child. I sang a shortened version to my sons when they were young, and now I sing it with my grandchildren! I am so glad I can teach them the rest of the verses now. This is our "standard pool song" and they act out the song over and over! Thanks for the wonderful website!

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Candace, United States

7 June 2012 at 8:09am

I am 64 years old. My mother sang this song to my brothers, sister and me when we were small. I sang it to my children and now to my grandson. When he is cranky and tired, it helps relax him and he falls asleep. My son and daughter are now learning the lyics. I hope I will be here another 17 years so I can still sing it to anyone who will listen, the 'Three Little Fishies' will be 100 years old! It is the BEST!

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Jen, United States

3 April 2012 at 4:12am

My grandma used to sing this to me and my 4 brothers all the time. She just passed away and my brothers and I have been remembering this song.

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Khin, Australia

17 March 2012 at 12:12am

I heard this song 11 years ago. I still hear it today. I don't remeber the complete lyrics though I like this song to sing it to children. Now I get it and this website is extremely helpful. Thanks you. What's a great song! I read the other comments and this song has existed since over sixty years. Anyway it's awesome.

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George, United States

10 December 2011 at 10:58pm

I meant SHARKS, for badness' sakes!0

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George, United States

10 December 2011 at 10:54pm

This song is much deeper than that Mairsey Dotes thing, especially in the part where those naughty little fishes meet the sakes and the whales out where they shouldn't oughter be! They almost became shark poop poop, didn't you see?

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Krista, Canada

23 July 2011 at 6:56pm

how do I download the whole song? My daughter is having a "water-theme" birthday (she's turning 6) and I can't find this, and other songs, to download! Does anyone know? Thanks!

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