Tiny Tim

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Information About Tiny Tim

Tiny Tim is a nursery rhyme song that has been carefully passed along the generations. Though there isn't a definite writer to credit for the song, it's an old time favorite among children on the playground.

It's a simple song that often makes children laugh and remember it for years to come.

The song is about Tiny Tim a tiny turtle and his bath-time adventure. He's put in a bathtub so he drinks all the water. After the water, he moves on and eats all the soap. The soap causes him to have bubbles in his throat so he doesn't feel well.

In an alternative version, Tiny Tim's mother takes him around to find help because he's not feeling well after drinking water and eating up the soap. It's a lively song with more to Tiny Tim's story and quite entertaining.

The Tiny Tim song works well when introduced to toddlers and young children.

Used during bath time, it's a great lullaby to soothe an infant or small child while making bath time fun.

There are many melodies that can be used for the Tiny Time songs, YouTube has a nice variety if you're looking for the right melody to sing.

Alternative Lyrics & Related Songs

Instead of a turtle we sing about a baby

Miss Lucy had a baby, a baby.
Miss Lucy had a baby and she named him Tiny Tim.
She put him in the bathtub to teach him how to swim.
He drank up all the water,
He ate up all the soap he tried to eat the bathtub
But it wouldn't go down his throat.
Miss Lucy called the doctor
Miss Lucy called the nurse,
Miss Lucy called the lady with the alligator purse.
Operation said the doctor,
Operation said the nurse,
Operation said the lady with the alligator purse.
Out came the water, out came the soap,
Out came the bathtub that wouldn't go down his throat.
Goodbye said the doctor,
Goodbye said the nurse,
Goodbye said the lady with the alligator purse.

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Annie, United States

19 July 2014 at 6:43pm

Does anyone know this version of "I had a little teddy bear" ? It came from an old TV show episode. I had a little teddy bear, His name was Tiny Tim. I put him in the bathtub, to teach him how to swim. First he drank the water, then he ate the soap. Then we called the doctor. The doctor said "No hope". Tiny Tim died last night, with a bubble in his throat.

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Jade, Australia

3 March 2013 at 12:53am

I learnt the Suzie had a baby version when I was little, so was totally confused when my daughter came home singing about tiny turtle .... I like the tiny turtle, though had to look up the words so I knew ut too

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Paul, United Kingdom

10 January 2013 at 12:50pm

Doesn't anyone think that a three year old would learn this and think that it will be fun to put a baby in a bathtub and try to make him swim? And that to see him lying in the bathtub blowing bubbles on his throat will be ok so he wouldn't run to tell the parents his/her brother is drowning? The version with a turtle is fine but to give this sort of ideas to a developing child I find very inappropriate

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Molly, United States

26 December 2012 at 11:37pm

Here is the version I learned from afternoon preschool: I had a tiny turtle His name was Tiny Tim I put him in the bathtub To see if he could swim He drank up all the water He ate up all the soap And now he's in a bag with a bubble in his throat. ACK!

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Eliade, United States

6 December 2012 at 4:41am

Miss Lucy had a baby His name was Tiny Tim She put him in a bath tub To see if he could swim He drank up all the water He ate up all the soap He tried to eat the bath tub But it wouldn't go down his throat Miss Lucy called the doctor Miss Lucy called the nurse Miss Lucy called the Lady with the alligator purse In came the doctor In came the nurse In came the lady with the alligator purse Mumps! said the doctor Measles! said the nurse Nonsense! said the Lady with the alligator purse Penicillin! said the doctor Castor oil! said the nurse Pizza! said the Lady with the alligator purse Out went the doctor Out went the nurse Out went the Lady with the alligator purse (This is the version I heard every night as I went to bed, enough that I memorized it... It was a picture book)

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Patrisha, United States

4 March 2012 at 9:46pm

This is one of the most cutest songs I have ever heard(:<3it is a good song for every child <3:D

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Belinda, United States

6 February 2012 at 10:45pm

I had a tiny turtle his name was tiny tim. We Put him in the bathtub to see if he could swim. He drank up all the water. He ate up all the soap. He woke up in the morning with bubbles in his throat bubble bubble bubble bubble bubble bubble bubble bubble bubble bubble bubble POP!

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Hanna, United States

31 January 2012 at 3:21am

i have a different one it goes . . . . . . i had a tiny turtle his name was tiny tim i put him in the bathtube to see if he could swim he drank up all the water he ate up all the soap i took him to the doctor with a bubble in his throat he didn't like the doctor he didn't like the nurse he didn't like the lady with the alligator purse . . .. . Bubble BUbble BUBBLE POP!

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Aly, United States

12 January 2012 at 12:43am

i love that song so much. It was a song i sang in in first grade!I just really like that song!

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Jenna, United States

12 January 2012 at 12:39am

so silly a turtle eating a bathtub well trying to.

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Nicole, Australia

13 September 2011 at 12:54am

My 2 1/2 year old twins have started coming home from Childcare singing small sections from nursery rhymes & doing the actions, then they want me to sing it for them. Until this one, I always knew what they wanted & could sing it for them but my daughter (twin 2) would make actions with her hands & say turtle, bath, mummy & I think she said baby too?!? Does anyone know a version that incorporates both a mummy & daddy? When I couldn't sing it for them, she would get really grumpy & frustrated at me, not understanding that mummy just doesn't know the song, so I am so excited to be able to show them both what mummy learnt today while they were at Childcare!

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Camreon, United States

8 September 2011 at 3:06am

omg! i learned these songs in the first grade and never forgot them! i love my tiny turtle tim

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Lorraine, United Kingdom

3 August 2011 at 9:03am

Yes, this was another one that baffled me. My son kept on asking for it and I thought it was from nursery, confirmed today. Now I know it, and I can sing happily to him and maybe put a smile on his face!

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April, United States

30 June 2011 at 8:13pm

My 3yr old daughter has been singing this for the last few days and was upset because I didnt know it!

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Tristan, Canada

24 June 2011 at 11:35pm

I luv this site

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Sharon, Canada

20 May 2011 at 8:14pm

When you do the part with the doctor, nurse and lady with the aligator purse.. it sounds like a jump rope rhyme. where you jump in one at a time as called then out again when they go out. Of course that would be three people jumping and two turning the rope.

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Lauren, United States

17 May 2011 at 10:08pm

Miss Suzie had a baby she named him Tiny Tim she put him in the bath tub to see if he could swim. He drank up all the water he ate up all the soap he tried to eat the bath tub but it wouldn't go down him throat. Miss Suzie called the docter the docter called the nurse the nurse called the lady with the alligator purse. Mumps said the docter mesils said the pizza said the lady with the alligator purse. Miss Suzie punched the docter the docter slapped the nurse the nurse kicked the lady with the allagator purse. Out went the docter out went the nurse out limped the lady witht he alligator purse

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Ashley, United States

20 April 2011 at 11:01pm

The version I know is: I had little turtle, his name was Tiny Tim, I put him in the bathtub, to see if he could swim! He drank up all the water, he ate up all the soap, and now he's stuck in bed with a bubble in his throat! My momma called the doctor, the doctor called the nurse, the nurse called the lady with the alligator purse!

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Kimberley Lloyd, United Kingdom

13 April 2011 at 7:55pm

does any one know the lucy lui one, i know tiny tim and spider friendly fred. if anyone knows the lucy one could you please reply thanks

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Sarah, United States

30 November 2010 at 3:56am

I sang this song back when I was little, in the early 80s and now I sing it with my kids. Always wondered if I had the correct lyrics or not. Here's what I've been singing: I had a little turtle, his name was Tiny Tim I put him in the bathtub to see if he could swim He drank up all the water He ate up all the soap He tried to eat the bathtub - It wouldn't fit down his throat Momma called the doctor The doctor called the nurse The nurse called the lady with the alligator purse I always knew there was another verse... I'm sooo happy to know it now! Thanks!

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