I'm A Dingly Dangly Scarecrow

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Information About I'm A Dingly Dangly Scarecrow

"I'm A DIngly Dangly Scarecrow" is a fun children's song that encourages action while singing. You get to jump up, put your hands on your head, clap along with certain words in the verses.

There are several different actions that can be done with this song. The first action is going to be lying on the ground like cows that are sleeping. The second action is jumping up like a scarecrow would. The third action is having the child's arms out like a scarecrow. The fourth action is shaking the child's hands and legs. The fifth action is to repeat all of those actions but roost like a hen would. The last action is to repeat all of those actions but act like a dog would in their kennel so your baby will have fun.

While most people think it is a traditional nursery rhyme, the song was in fact written by a brother and sister in England, Geoffry Russell-Smith, and Mollie Russell-Smith. The song came out in 1964, and its original title was "Wide Awake".

Can a scarecrow really jump up? Of course not! Scarecrows are 'statues' made of straw, with clothes on to look like a man. They are placed in farmer's fields to scare birds away so they won't eat new seeds or young, growing plants. Scarecrows are also called "hay men" in some places.

Scarecrows seem to have been around almost forever. One of the oldest books ever found in the history of Japan, from around the year 700, contains a reference to a scarecrow.

If you have seen the movie 'The Wizard of Oz' you know about a scarecrow who is not scary at all. The Oz scarecrow became a friend of Dorothy and accompanied here to the magical kingdom of Oz.

Alternative Lyrics & Related Songs

A shorter version that just includes the main chorus

I'm a Dingly Dangly Scarecrow.
With a flippy floppy hat.
I can shake my hands like this.
I can shake my feet like that.

There are very slight differences in this version

When all the cows were sleeping
And the sun had gone to bed
Up jumped the scarecrow
And this is what he said:
I’m a dingle-dangle scarecrow
with a flippy-floppy hat
I can shake my arms like this
I can shake my legs like that!

When all the hens were roosting
And the moon behind a cloud
Up jumped the scarecrow
And shouted very loud:
I’m a dingle-dangle scarecrow
with a flippy-floppy hat
I can shake my arms like this
I can shake my legs like that!

28 Comments

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Starkey, United Kingdom

7 May 2013 at 10:43am

the scarecrow is infact a historical metaphor for wyatts rebellion, the troops rise only whenn they think they have the upper hand, however mary has played a blinder... and the scarecrow is floppy...in more areas than one...WEYYY

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Katie Rodgers, United States

7 May 2013 at 10:39am

i will pay you to violate me, i want IT,will take guys and/or gals ;)

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Lib, Liberia

7 December 2012 at 10:59am

melanie annie, get a life GEEZ!

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Melanie Annie, Peru

29 November 2012 at 6:15pm

i dont get how to play the song i really dont understand lol

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Adam, Albania

7 November 2012 at 9:21am

I love big scarecrow butt and i cannot lie. to ram it....RAM ITS BUTT!

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Chamakh, Morocco

24 October 2012 at 1:28pm

This song makes my loins burn, like the light of the sun on a cold morning, plus that fin de la cloche won't play me.

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Froudy, Zimbabwe

19 October 2012 at 12:02pm

in africa the scarecrow is a person who we killed for shagging the village cow

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Sam, Iraq

19 October 2012 at 12:01pm

help im being bombed

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Michael, France

12 October 2012 at 12:21pm

I find this offensive to the islamic faith

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Jake, United Kingdom

12 October 2012 at 12:16pm

A truly amazing song

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Grace, Australia

12 October 2012 at 8:09am

i love dingle dangle scarecrow i recomend it for all ages

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Lisa, Isle Of Man

12 May 2012 at 7:16am

I always used to listen to this as a child

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Bored, Brazil

5 April 2012 at 11:50pm

Hahaha funny

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Benjamin Grohbiel, Switzerland

10 October 2011 at 11:02pm

Awww! I LOVE this song, its soo cute! I sing it while I'm cooking, walking the lovely dogs, cleaning my flat, it brings such joy to my heart, thank you for sharing it!

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Lina, France

10 October 2011 at 11:01pm

I love this song! Helped me to get through very hard times.

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Sam, Australia

29 August 2011 at 2:33am

Now I know all the words, I don't have to make them up anymore. My little girl is so happy!

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Shane, Australia

1 June 2011 at 12:33am

Thank u so much i loved thiz song as a child. And now my 10 month year old loves it

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Kelly, Australia

9 May 2011 at 3:32am

This is great! My 4 year old has to sing this in her calisthenics concert, so now I can teach her all the words!

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Lou, United Kingdom

26 April 2011 at 11:38am

I have been singing only half (didn't know the rest of the words) of this song to my 6 month old son as it always stops him crying. Thank you for the rest of it!

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Torii, United Kingdom

11 April 2011 at 12:11pm

Macauly lOves this song!

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This song has been printed from the BusSongs.com website.