Rounds are fun “group” songs, where different people (or groups of people) sing the same song, but starting at different times.  Traditionally, the “leader” will begin singing the song.  As the leader finishes the first line of the song and begins the second, the next singer (or group) will start singing (at the beginning).  Each time the leader begins a new line, another singer (or group) starts singing at the beginning of the song, until four different lines are being sung at the same time.  The last person (or group) to start will end up being the last one(s) to finish, singing the last line all by themselves.

I remember singing rounds for (what seemed like) hours at a time as my mother and sisters and I traveled “over the river and through the woods” to my grandparents’ house.  That and the Alphabet Game combined to make the two-plus hour trip pass much more enjoyably.


2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Fiona Gunn  |  October 10, 2006 at 3:31 am

    I notice that you’ve published “Kookaburra” on your website. I represent the copyright owner of this song and would appreciate it if you would correctly credit the songwriter “Marion Sinclair” and the copyright line “(c)1934. Renewed (c)1989 Larrikin Music Publishing. All rights reserved. International Copyright Secured” directly under the title of the work. Many people mistake this work as Traditional but it is in fact protected under copyright law.
    Fiona Gunn
    Copyright Manager
    Larrikin Music Publishing

  • 2. VIK  |  February 23, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    Anyone know this one…?

    Shalom, my friend,
    God’s peace, my friend,
    Go with you now
    And stay with you in all you do,
    Shalom, shalom.

    It is very beautiful sung in a round.


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