Children's song lyrics: Down by the Bay

This baby song has endless variations once you start adding in your own rhymes. It’s a great way to work in words from your baby’s own experiences!

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This is an all-time favourite performed by children’s singing legend Raffi. You can make up your own giggle-worthy rhymes and encourage your kiddos to do the same. Here are the “Down by the Bay” lyrics:

Down by the bay
Where the watermelons grow
Back to my home
I dare not go
For if I do
My mother will say
Did you ever see a baboon
Holding a balloon

Down by the bay
Where the watermelons grow
Back to my home
I dare not go
For if I do
My mother will say
Did you ever see a whale
With a polka-dot tail

Down by the bay
Where the watermelons grow
Back to my home
I dare not go
For if I do
My mother will say
Did you ever see a pig
Wearing a wig

Down by the bay
Where the watermelons grow
Back to my home
I dare not go
For if I do
My mother will say
Did you ever see a goat
Standing in a boat

Down by the bay
Where the watermelons grow
Back to my home
I dare not go
For if I do
My mother will say
Did you ever see a llama
Wearing pajamas

Down by the bay…

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