The Holiday Zone celebrates Columbus Day on October 12.




Songs and Fingerplays for Columbus Day

All Around the Big Wide World | Columbus' First Voyage | Columbus Sailed the Ocean Blue | If You Dare to Have a Dream |
Oh, Columbus | Sail Your Ship | There Was a Man


All Around the Big Wide World
to the tune of "Pop Goes the Weasel"
All around the big wide world
Columbus sailed the ocean.
He proved the earth was round, not flat,
By braving the great ocean.

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Columbus' First Voyage
to the tune of "Mary Had a Little Lamb"
Columbus sailed the ocean blue,
Ocean blue, ocean blue.
Columbus sailed the ocean blue
In 1492.

He sailed west to reach the east,
reach the east, reach the east,
He sailed west to reach the east
In 1492.

Asian shores he never reached,
Never reached, never reached,
Asian shores he never reached,
In 1492.

Instead, a whole new land he found,
Land he found, land he found,
Instead, a whole new land he found,
In 1492.

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Columbus Sailed the Ocean Blue
to the tune of "Old MacDonald Had a Farm"
Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492.
Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492.
With three tall ships, 120 men,
sailing on, sailing on, sailing on, on, on, on --
Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492.

He proved the earth was round, not flat, in 1492.
He proved the earth was round, not flat, in 1492.
With three tall ships, 120 men,
sailing on, sailing on, sailing on, on, on, on --
He proved the earth was round, not flat in 1492.

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If You Dare to Have a Dream
(to the tune of "It's a Small World")
When you're laying awake
And your thinking of
All the things you would do
If you only could,
Don't be fooled, don't forget,
You may be young, but yet
You can make your dream come true.

Chorus:
Work to make your dream come true.
Work to make your dream come true.
Work to make your dream come true.
It's a job that you can do.

If you roll up your sleeves
And determine that
You'll succeed, yes SUCCEED,
No matter what,
You can reach all your goals,
Make your dreams all come true.
All it takes is work, work, work.

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Oh, Columbus
to the tune of "Oh My Darling Clementine"
Oh, Columbus
Oh, Columbus
Sailed the ocean wide and blue,
With the Nina and the Pinta and
the Santa Maria too.

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Sail Your Ship
to the tune of "Row, Row, Row Your Boat."
Sail, sail, sail your ship.
Sail it night and day.
Look for land, look for land
All along the way.

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There Was a Man
to the tune of "B-I-N-G-O."
There was a man lived long ago,
Who dreamed a special dream --
Christopher Columbus,
Christopher Columbus,
Christopher Columbus,
Dreamed a special dream.

He dreamed that he could reach the East
By sailing, sailing West --
Sailing, sailing on,
Sailing, sailing on,
Sailing, sailing on,
Until he spotted land.

He left his ships and went ashore
To meet the Tainto people,
Who met him with gifts,
Who met him with gifts,
Who met him with gifts
Of food and birds and gold.

He thought he was in India,
The continent of Asia,
Called the people "Indians,"
Called the people "Indians,"
Called the people "Indians,"
He thought he had reached Asia.

Three more voyages he did make
Across the Atlantic Ocean,
Never discovering,
Never imagining,
Never even knowing
He'd found a whole New World.

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