I'm a Little Teapot

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I'm a little teapot
Short and stout
Here is my handle
Here is my spout.

When I get all steamed up
Hear me shout
"Tip me over
and pour me out!'.

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Information About I'm a Little Teapot

The origins of "I'm a Little Tea Pot" came about when Clarence Kelley was teaching children how to do the Waltz Clog, which is a popular tap dance routine. The children had a hard time learning the dance, so he created "The Teapot Song". This song allowed the children to enjoy both the performing of the action and the song. Making the Teapot song very popular.

The melody of the song is very upbeat, and the lyrics blend together with rhythmically.

"I'm a Little Tea Pot" was published in 1939, and originally written by George Harold Sanders and Clarence Z. Kelley. Betty Harris later did a different version of the song and added extra lyrics. It wasn't until the early 1950's that the song was recorded.

The lyrics of the song tell about a tea kettle, and what it does when it heats up. "When I get all steamed up, hear me shout!' This is when the kettle becomes warm and makes the whistling sound to release the trapped steam within the kettle.

This song is sung by children throughout the United States, and has been seen in various TV shows and movies.

A few movies based on novels by Stephen King have featured the song such as the movie "Rose Red".

I'm a Little Teapot" is a well-known children's nursery rhyme about a boiling pot of tea. Many kindergarten schools, pre-nursery & nursery schools teach children the lyrics to this song.

The Words & Music were written by Clarence Kelley and Geo. H. Sanders in New York, 1939.

Printed in Canada by Gordon V. Thompson Ltd. by arrangement with Kelman Music Corporation: New York, NY. Copyright 1941 by Kelman Music Corp, 1674 Broadway, New York City.

For further information about this song, visit "I'm a Little Tea Pot"Wikipedia.

Alternative Lyrics & Related Songs

Continue singing this version for some tea

I'm a little tea pot
Short and stout
Here is my handle
Here is my spout.

When you see the tea cup
Hear me shout
Tip me over
Pour me out!

I'm a little sugarbowl!

I'm a little teapot short and stout,
here is my handle
here is my spout
I'm a sugar bowl!

A much shorter version

I am Teapot. I am a teapot
This my handle
This is my mouth
I pour every cup
I pour every cup.

What I Can Do version

I'm a little teapot
yes it's true
just watch me and
I'll show you what I can do.

I can change my handle
and my spout
just tip me over and
pour me out.

I'm a tube of toothpaste!

I'm a tube of toothpaste
on the shelf.
I get so lonesome
all by myself.
When it comes to night time,
then I shout.
Pull the lid off,
squeeze me out.

Additional single verse

When the kettle boils
Hear me shout
"Tip me over
And pour me out!'.

This is the version you can eat cookies to

I'm a little tea cup nice and round
Fill me up and drink me down.
Put a little honey in your tea,
Then just take a sip from me.

I'm a little cookie, nice and brown
Chew me up and swallow me down
I'm a little crummy, that's just me,
And I taste good with your cup of tea.

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Angelica, American Samoa

18 August 2011 at 1:59pm

hay! i am angelica thank you for giving me answer this is a beautiful song you given to me thank you bay!?^_^^_^^_^^_^^_^^_^^_^

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Leni, Philippines

26 July 2011 at 4:50am

the tagalog version is nice,but the english is much more i like!

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Lidell, United States

29 June 2011 at 5:31am

I worked at a summer camp once, and a child sang these "alternative" lyrics for me: I'm a little booger / sticky and green I help keep your nostrils clean When I get too big and block your snout Just stick your finger in and pull me out (I have *not* taught this version to my 7 year old!)

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Foo Yu Kit, Malaysia

30 May 2011 at 5:28am

that's impossible, teapots can't talk

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Bndfgj, Albania

2 May 2011 at 7:44pm

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K, Afghanistan

2 May 2011 at 7:43pm


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Trish, Australia

26 April 2011 at 6:55am

I always sing the teapot version with my preschoolers so thanks for everyone who added different versions - I will be adding these to my repertoire.

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Mr Pancake, United Kingdom

24 April 2011 at 10:40pm

that's impossible, teapots can't talk

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Mel Miguel, Philippines

14 April 2011 at 6:20am

my daughter likes this song...it's so cute....

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Kristen, United States

6 April 2011 at 11:16am

This song is amazing

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Kathleen, Canada

5 April 2011 at 10:09pm

i loooovveeee these songs, sing them all the time:P ( is that normal)

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Bowen Sigler, United States

13 March 2011 at 11:10pm

Im only 14 and i love that song and thats sort of inipropriate what comments people post this is a childrens website for real

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Reren, Philippines

12 February 2011 at 6:19am

I really like this song, its so refreshing during my childhood years!

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Jaces, Zambia

4 February 2011 at 4:00am

tre iqhh ksbyb gher yr yrte oi

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Jenna, Canada

4 February 2011 at 3:58am

its so cute when i here it

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Lisa, Canada

30 January 2011 at 6:26pm

another way to sing the 2nd verse is I'm a clever teapot this is true, Here is an example of what I can do, I can turn my handle into my spout just tip me over and pour me out.

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Jax, Canada

20 January 2011 at 3:26am

the what i can do version is the 2nd verse

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Gee, United Kingdom

12 January 2011 at 11:18am

Can you please change the spelling of 'Poor' to 'Pour' in you im a little teapot song, thanks.

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Roshni, India

27 December 2010 at 11:48am

it is very nice rhyme for kids

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Yeshwana, India

27 December 2010 at 11:46am

very good it is good for kids

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