Lightly Row

Song Video


Lightly row, lightly row,
O'er the glassy waves we go!
Smoothly glide, smoothly glide,
On the silent tide.

Let the winds and waters be
Mingled with our childish glee.
Sing and float, sing and float
In our little boat!

Far away, far away,
Echo in the rock at play;
Calleth not, calleth not,
To this lonely spot.

Only with the seabirds' note
Shall our happy music float.
Lightly row, lightly row,
In our little boat!

This song was originally posted at:

  • Send to a
  • Link to

    Link to this song from your website or blog:


Information About Lightly Row

This song was an American folk song dating back to the 1800's. It was also found in some Mother Goose books for young children.

This song was also translated by German folk singers and was also sang to the tunes of "Little bird, have you heard", and "Warm Kitty".

The Afrikaans also had a version that they translated for kindergarten aged children to teach them about courage and love.

This song has been translated by quite a few groups, from German to Hebrew, it is quite a popular children's song.

This song can be used in the classroom to teach children about the sea and boats. It can be taught as a silly song or even a serious song. It is sang to help children connect with each other and is a great group building song.

Listen to this song's music


Vote Down Vote Up

Helena, Australia

11 August 2015 at 10:19am

It's amazing what kids do.At least whenthey think.

Vote Down Vote Up

Sparkly dog, United States

24 March 2014 at 8:20pm

What does calleth mean? Also I play this song all the time on my voilin! 🐶

Vote Down Vote Up

Miriam, Israel

22 March 2013 at 11:08am

this song is a harmny kind of

Vote Down Vote Up

Myyyyy, Philippines

30 January 2013 at 11:56am

what is the dynamics of this?

Vote Down Vote Up

Carly Rae Jepsen, Canada

18 May 2012 at 8:40am

Great song. I love how sweet this song sounds. The tune is very soothing and melodious.

Vote Down Vote Up

Jayzen Mari, Philippines

6 December 2011 at 9:53am

The song is so so beautiful... I love it so much

Vote Down Vote Up

Saba, Australia

8 November 2011 at 7:14am

I play this in m'y vionlin class with m'y teacher miss akbar.

Vote Down Vote Up

Ivanie, Philippines

16 October 2011 at 8:13am

Can you add chords there?

Vote Down Vote Up

Cherie, United Kingdom

30 June 2011 at 4:51pm

I need to play this song in a piano consert today!

Vote Down Vote Up

Betricia, Indonesia

25 May 2011 at 8:31am

i like this song because i can play this song with my violin

Vote Down Vote Up

John, United States

29 January 2011 at 8:21pm

Beth-The melody is from a traditional German children's song called "Hänschen klein."

Vote Down Vote Up

Beth, United Kingdom

22 January 2011 at 4:23pm

Does any one know who composed the song Lightly Row

Vote Down Vote Up

Julia, Ny

9 March 2010 at 12:17am

I love this song it ROCKS!

Vote Down Vote Up

Prof Loren, San Jose Ca

11 February 2010 at 5:00pm

I keep thinking "Lightly Row" and "My Pony Boy" have very similar tunes. Am I on the right track?

Vote Down Vote Up

Yash, Pune

25 July 2009 at 7:27pm

This is a good site for children

Vote Down Vote Up

Nicole, New York

27 May 2009 at 10:40pm

i dont like it it sounds terrible and tomorrow im going on a bus and i wouldnt sing that song on the way there for $1,000 thats how much i hate it try to change it and MAYBE i'll like it (I wont) dahhhh! who would lol later!

Vote Down Vote Up

Holly, Newcastle Upon Tyne

23 November 2008 at 11:30am

great site added to my favourites

Leave a Comment

This song has been printed from the website.