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

96 Comments

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Legs Sparrow, USA

21 October 2014 at 1:34am

ROW,ROW,ROW YOUR BOAT CARRYING A LOAD OF BEANS,SINK THE BOAT,SCUTTLE IT AND GET ON A SUBMARINE

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Yolo, Canada

13 October 2014 at 11:51pm

Stupidddd

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Jub jub bird, USA

7 July 2014 at 10:46pm

ROW ROW ROW YOUR BOAT GENTLY DOWN THE NILE,DONT FORGET TO LOOK OUT FOR A 100 FOOT CROCIDYLE

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Spurwing Plover, USA

30 June 2014 at 10:20pm

ROW ROW ROW YOUR BOAT,GENTLY ACROSS THE LAKE,JUST DON'T FOR GET TO LOOK OUT FOR THE 50 FOOT LONG SNAKE

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Condor, United States

29 June 2014 at 6:08am

ROW,ROW,ROW YOUR BOAT GENTLY UP THE STREAM,THROW A LAWYER OVERBOARD LISTEN TO HIM SCREAM

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Nickyjules10, Viet Nam

4 June 2014 at 11:34am

Yo I'm dee best in da game, yo ma nam is young beatz ik too ill to live cuz I'm not wrong

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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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