Slippery Fish

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Information About Slippery Fish

Slippery Fish is better known as its given title 'Octopus'. The song came about after Charlotte Diamond began writing songs for her sons Matthew and Thomas when they were in preschool. Octopus was the first song she wrote.

The song quickly became a favorite among families and teachers who attended her earlier performances and workshops. In 1985, the song was first recorded on her first album titled "10 Carrot Diamond". The album won the American Library Association Aware, Parent's Choice Classic Award, and equivalence to the Grammy in Canada, otherwise known as the Canadian Juno Award.

Other than the original English version, two other translations were released. A French translation of the album was released in 1988. Followed by a Spanish translation in 1994.

Slippery Fish begins the song and is eaten by an Octopus. This largely accounts for the reason people began referring to the song as Slippery Fish.

The fish referred to in the song, actually refers to a sardine. The happy little sardine swimming about meets the unlucky fate of being eaten by an Octopus. A Tuna Fish then comes along and eats the Octopus, which is eaten by a Great White Shark.

The song ends with a Humongous Whale gulping down the Great White Shark. Today, this song is used throughout the country in preschools and educational websites. Overall, Charlotte Diamond has recorded a total of 12 albums.

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sue brooks, United States

11 June 2014 at 1:22pm

Love this song. I'd like to ask for movements to accompany it and a link to making flannelboard pieces. Thank you, Miss Sue

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julie gaona, Italy

5 March 2014 at 2:05pm

I'm teaching it to little kids in Italy. they love it. I use the felt board too.

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Jd, United States

21 May 2013 at 4:33pm

Where can I find the guitar/ukulele chords for this song. My grandson loves to sing it in preschool and playgroup. He can't do the motions well with his arthrogryposis but he still has fun.

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Irma Flores, United States

18 April 2013 at 5:44am

i heard it and i loved it.. my kids grew up singing this song at school and at home with me..now their granparents learned it and sing it to the new grandchildren

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Weer, Lebanon

12 January 2013 at 5:57pm

v nice song

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Aly, United States

12 December 2012 at 4:41am

This is a really catchy song I can't get it out of my head LOL

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Jessica, United States

30 November 2011 at 8:02am

You know how kids hear a word and sometimes morph it into something else? My 2 year old sings "too much fish" instead of tuna fish. She heard the song from a little girl we see at story time at the library and fell in love with it. She makes the fish movement with her hands and says "Mommy sing too much fish."

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Neomy, United States

10 November 2011 at 1:14am

It's a very sticky song, once you start singing all day long 'll be nin your mind or singing aloud. Thanks. My students love it!

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Salvador, United States

22 September 2011 at 7:05pm

Werecan I find the slipperfish song for my daughter and for the other kids to listen to

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Valencia, United States

24 May 2011 at 3:35pm

I work with Autistic children and I introduced this song during a morning circle time on a Friday. This child's mother reported that the child sang this song all weekend! Actions and all!

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Liezly Nunnya, Belgium

4 April 2011 at 9:55pm

haha i lvoe this song it is the best song i am 109 and still listen to it and my husband who is 28 listens to it to. and my son who is 4 loves when me and john sing it to him when it is time for bed and my sister jessica who is 2 loves it so much to. and my mother up in heaven loves when we sing on her grave! by the way i love music and my dead grandma

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Julie, United States

22 February 2011 at 4:31pm

I watch a couple of K3's before school and they taught this to my best friends kid who is only 1 but now knows all the actions that go with it. Pretty cool to see children learning something that they love so much.

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Dejah, Marion Ohio

17 September 2010 at 5:56pm

When I learned this one as a kid, It went backwards from the end back to the beginning again with each fish burping out the fish it had eaten. I wouldn't even dream of stopping before they are all swimming around in the water again lol.

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Justine, Reno, Nv

17 July 2010 at 9:25pm

My son learned this song in Pre-school and loves it he's been out of school for a couple of weeks and still remembers the song and actions. It's Great!

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Donna, Kenosha, Wi Usa

3 July 2010 at 3:12am

Warning! This song sticks in your head! Children LOVE it!

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Trini, Ca

28 June 2010 at 6:16am

My son, who is Autistic, loves this song which his preschool teacher sung to the class with signing.

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Tara, Australia

21 May 2010 at 12:37am

This isn't a Poem its a song that you do with the children with actions. Great song that the children love

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Elizabeth, Chicago

12 January 2010 at 11:21pm

those poems are so cool

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