Row, Row, Row Your Boat – alternative lyrics

Before you go any further: this is not a post about rude, lewd or inappropriate manhandling of a nursery rhyme. Disappointing I know.

At a singing session at the Big Green Bookshop in Wood Green (highly recommended, by the way) I heard several new verses to Row, Row, Row Your Boat… I realise you don’t need Lennon’s songwriting skills to adapt this ditty, but I was pleased nonetheless. Gertie loves rowing away and I get bored with the four verses we already know. I’ve typed them up below – please add others if you know any, my enthusiasm is boundless.

Row, row, row your boat
Gently down the stream
Merrily, merrily, merrily
Life is but a dream

Row, row, row your boat
Gently down the stream
If you see a crocodile
Don’t forget to scream

Row, row, row your boat
Gently down the river
If you see a polar bear
Don’t forget to shiver

Row, row, row your boat
Gently to the shore
If you see a lion
Don’t forget to roar

(now this is where the new verses come in)

Row, row, row your boat
Across the reservoir
If you see a pirate
Stop and say ooo-arrr

Row, row, row your boat
All across the puddle
If you see your mummy there
Give her a lovely cuddle

Row, row, row your boat
Gently down the creek
If you see a little mouse
Don’t forget to squeak

Row, row, row your boat
In your bubble bath
If you see a spider
Don’t forget to laugh

Row, row, row your boat
Gently to the beach
If you see a dinosaur
Don’t forget to screech

Rock, rock, rock your boat
Gently to and fro
This way, that way
Over the sea we go

Row, row, row your boat
Gently up the brook
If you catch a little fish
Let it off the hook

Row, row, row your boat
Out into the bay
If you see a pirate ship
Sail the other way

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18 responses to “Row, Row, Row Your Boat – alternative lyrics

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  2. Allan

    Row row row your boat
    Gently down the stream
    Phut phut phut phut
    We’re out of Gasoline

    Row row row your boat
    Gently down the stream
    Glug glug glug glug
    We’ve become a Submarine

    • Row row row your boat
      Gently ‘cross the pond
      If you see a fairy
      Wave your magic wand (“ping”)

      Row row row your boat
      Gently past the zoo
      If you see a monkey
      Don’t forget to oo (“oo oo oo”)

  3. lynsey

    row, row, row your boat,
    gently up the creek
    if you see a little mouse
    don’t forget to squeak

    row, row, row your boat
    gently to the grass
    if you see a tall giraffe
    don’t forget to laugh (my husband prefers”poke it in the ***” here, but i feel that’s slightly(!) inappropriate, for children at least)

    oh and we do rock rock rock your boat for the crocodile verse

    • Anne-Marie

      The giraffe verse has had me in stitches, don’t think I’ll be teaching it to my class tomorrow but please thank your husband for making me laugh – love it!!!

  4. Row, row, row your boat,
    Down the LAVA stream,
    As you are cooked alive,
    Don’t forget to scream..

  5. Anonymous

    rock rock rock you boat
    gently to the shore
    if you see a dinosaur dont forget to roar
    :>

  6. Row row row your boat
    Gently ‘cross the pond
    If you see a fairy
    Wave your magic wand (“ping”)

    Row row row your boat
    Gently past the zoo
    If you see a monkey
    Don’t forget to oo (“oo oo oo”)

  7. Sandra

    Don’t forget:

    Rock, rock, rock your boat
    Gently to and fro
    If you rock it too hard
    Into the water you go!

  8. zara

    Row row row your boat
    Across the ocean waves
    If you see a big fat shark
    I hope that he behaves

    Row row row your boat
    Across the murky pond
    If you see a fairy
    Try and touch her wand

    Row row row your boat
    In the English channel
    If you see a big fat trout
    Slap it with a flannel

    Row row row your boat
    gently down the stream
    If it is a sunny day
    Buy a big icecream

    • Bob

      Ride ride ride your bike
      Gently up the hill
      When you reach the local pub
      You can drink your fill (glug, glug, glug…..)

  9. hermes

    Row Row Row your boat
    Come on lets row harder,
    We need to get home quickly,
    For Lakis’ Endrara (a greek dish)

  10. Sam

    Row, row, row your boat
    Gently off to sleep
    If you see Bo Peep
    Help her count her sheep

    Rock, rock, rock your boat
    Gently to and fro
    Hold on tight to Mummy
    Or over the side we go

    Row, row, row your boat
    Gently down the beck
    If you see a green giant
    Say hello to Shrek

  11. Anonymous

    Row row row your boat
    Gently down an ocean
    If you see a whale
    Causing a commotion

  12. Anonymous

    Row row row your boat
    underneath the stream
    Ha Ha I fooled you
    I’m a submarine!

  13. Anonymous

    row row row your boat
    gently don the stream
    you’re the cutest brothers
    your mommy’s ever seen

  14. Anonymous

    Row, row, row your boat
    Gently from the bay
    If you see the rainbow’s end
    Be sure to shout hurray

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