Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree;
Merry, merry king of the bush is he.
Laugh, Kookaburra, laugh, Kookaburra,
Gay your life must be! (alternate: Save some gum for me!)
Award Winning Children's Music Lesson Series
Characters from famous nursery rhymes are recast as hip musicians that introduce your child to the world of musical instruments. Imagine the Itsy Bitsy Spider as a groovy piano player or the Three Blind Mice as a rock trio and you'll begin to get the idea. Groove Kid Nation provides a fresh new approach to introducing children to music.
“Kookaburra” was written in 1932 by Australian music teacher, Marion Sinclair, who sold the song’s rights after winning a music competition in Victoria, Australia in 1934. The kookaburra of the rhyme is a native Australian kingfisher (bird), whose call sounds very similar to human laughter.