Friday, December 11, 2009

Jumbo Elephant

This is a song the teacher taught us in kindergarten or first grade:

Jumbo Elephant, Jumbo Elephant,
You have such a great long nose,
Jumbo Elephant, Jumbo Elephant,
It reaches to your toes.
Jumbo Elephant, Jumbo Elephant,
You live in a great big zoo,
Jumbo Elephant, Jumbo Elephant,
We'll come and visit you.

There was also a song about a giraffe, but I quickly forgot that one.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you have any idea what song book that song came from?

8:16 AM, March 05, 2013  
Blogger Stephen said...

I'm sorry, but I don't know what source the teacher used for the songs. They could have come from a book, or a magazine, or music sheets, or been something the teachers passed around, or something she saw on TV, or something else. The song, as I have written it in the post, is from memory. The time period when I heard it would have been in the 1958-1960 area. I'm sorry I can't be more helpful.

7:28 PM, March 06, 2013  
Blogger Marie said...

Both the "Jumbo Elephant" song and the "Funny Giraffe" song are from a songbook called "My Picture Book of Songs." My mom taught us songs from it when we were kids. "Jumbo" was one of our favorites :)

11:21 AM, May 04, 2013  
Blogger Stephen said...

Thank you for that information, Marie. It's good to finally know, after all these years, where the songs came from.

12:06 PM, May 30, 2013  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember singing "Jumbo" in Primary and Sunday School from the '50s and 60s.

9:15 PM, September 06, 2013  
Anonymous Frank said...

Thank you thank you thank you for clearing up a fifty year mystery for me! My kindergarten teacher Mrs. Claxton used to play the song on the piano for us at Grovecenter School (circa 1963) in West Covina, California. The tune has stayed in my head but many of the words were lost--until now!

3:12 PM, December 12, 2013  
Blogger Ellen said...

Yesterday I had to laugh
because I saw a big giraffe
He had a neck so very high
It reached way up into the sky.

My mom used to sing this to me, and weirdly I've also heard my mother in-law sing it. I'm from Arizona so it might be more popular in this area of the states.

6:24 PM, July 06, 2016  
Blogger Mary P. said...

I have searched for this for 60 years! Whirly Twirly and Jumbo Elephant. SOOOO grateful to you all. Buying the book TODAY.

9:15 AM, July 26, 2018  

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