Row Row Row Your Boat

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Information About Row Row Row Your Boat

The origins of "Row Row Row Your Boat" are unclear, but it has been suggested that the song came out of American minstrel shows. The earliest printing of this song was seen in 1852. However, the first version of this song was in a different tune.

Two years later, it was re-printed with a new tune. The more modern version of the song was recorded in 1881.

The lyrics to this song have often been debated. A lot believe that it has to do with life's struggles. Since you are the one rowing, and you choose the paths that you take while in the boat. There are also many versions that have come about over time. Children sometimes change some of the lyrics to make it funnier.

It has been used in a number of TV shows such as Fringe and Star Trek V. It can be noted in books and some movies as well.

Zita Newcome has compiled a great little book of classic children's activity songs that also describes all the motions associated with each song, including "Row row row your boat"
. You can read the full review on the Amazon site: Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes: And Other Action Rhymes.

Alternative Lyrics & Related Songs

A funny alternative version goes like this

Row, row, row your boat
gently down the stream
and if you see a crocodile,
don't forget to scream
Aghhhh!

Another very funny version

Row Row Row Your Boat
Gently down the stream
You throw your teacher overboard
And listen to her scream.

Here are some more versions

Row, row, row your boat
Down the Arctic river
If you see a polar bear
Don't forget to shiver.

Row, row, row your boat
Gently to the shore
If you see a lion there
Don't forget to roar.

Here's some new verses

Row row row your boat
Gently down the stream
Throw your teacher overboard
And listen to her scream.
Nine days later
Floating down Dellaware
Chewing on her underware
Wish she had another pair.
Ten days later
Bitten by a polar bear
And that's how the polar bear died!

Some verses you may want to add to the song

Row row row your boat
Smile and pull the plug
Merrily merrily merrily merrily
Glug glug glug glug glug.

Row row row your boat
Gentily down the steam
Give a smile pull the plug
And become a submarine!

This version is longer but still fun

Row, row, row your boat
Gently down the stream
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily
Life is but a dream

Row, row, row your boat
Gently up the creek If you see a little mouse
Don't forget to squeak!

Row, row, row your boat
Gently down the stream If you see a crocodile
Don't forget to scream!

Row, row, row your boat
Gently to the shore
If you see a lion
Don’t forget to roar!

Listen to this song's music

90 Comments

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Matthew, United States

10 May 2012 at 6:07am

cool

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Flordeliza Segoma, Philippines

20 April 2012 at 6:42am

ingaw osan labi nangagakay kiwot sa ginagakay na angangadilaw we abot, nangugugod da pon ak akit nankinotob da, kaasi pay ak kiwot nginudngudngudan abot. sing dis song with the row row your boat rythm.jaja

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Flor, Philippines

20 April 2012 at 6:39am

love the song

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Ty, Afghanistan

6 April 2012 at 5:50pm

I hate to be rude X

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Piper Mcgrail, Canada

6 April 2012 at 5:47pm

I know a moron named sierra Clark!?!?!?!

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Piper Mcgrail, Mexico

3 April 2012 at 1:06pm

Do do do do is

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Slag, Austria

29 March 2012 at 12:44pm

Row row row your bout over a muty lake and lison to the screeming people say let's poop your pants huh

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Loo, Canada

26 March 2012 at 8:55pm

Poop your pants people yeah thats right! Oh no did I heurt your feelings I am so not sorry well bye,

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Selena Mama Smith, Haiti

26 March 2012 at 8:51pm

I don't know how to spell the last name but nick the famous person was here nick J you know the famous singer ?

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Mary Moo Cow, Chad

26 March 2012 at 8:44pm

Wow! Miley Cyrus is here. anyway row row row your bout gently down the shore if you see a dinosaur don't forget to ror.

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Susanne, United Kingdom

21 March 2012 at 7:01pm

Row row row your boat gently out to sea, digging for buried treasure its a pirates life for me!

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Morven, United Kingdom

20 March 2012 at 3:44pm

Probably one of the first songs I ever learnt. When I was little, I also liked 'Mary, Mary' and the horse one... I can't remember it's name... any ideas?

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Marcus, American Samoa

16 March 2012 at 7:53am

I tried calling you but my phone can't.

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Marcus, American Samoa

16 March 2012 at 7:10am

ur 25 right or something like that..but i know your in your 20s right? so i'll call ur # and i'll tell you something.

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Taylor Smith, United States

15 March 2012 at 6:55pm

Miley Cyrus, I used to be a fan of yours and then i kept dreaming that I would meet you in person--it never happened so now i dont like hearing about you or the amazing songs that you sing as much as i used to

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Kevin, American Samoa

15 March 2012 at 12:29am

miley, do you know wat you wrote about marcus is a lie you are lier i don't like you by marcus

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Marcus, American Samoa

15 March 2012 at 12:26am

I know that you are not telling us your real number. look if your telling the truth...then you love your parents.

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Dertz, Switzerland

11 March 2012 at 8:37pm

Shoot, Shoot Shoot Them all, right into the head Bam Bam Bam Bam Life is over soon.

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Angelo, Spain

27 February 2012 at 11:12am

this ain't a round song... ugh! i've been looking for a roundsong for like 30 minutes already! this ain't a round song... can anyone suggest any websites for a roundsong?

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Prepre Ezeude, Nigeria

22 February 2012 at 6:13pm

Row row ur boat...to ur granny n tell her I miss u n give a kiss. Cheers!

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