Alfred (The Alligator Song)

The Bird Sings Oral Tradition Song Library

Alfred (The Alligator Song)

This is the most popular song I’ve ever taught. (Truly.) A song that will keep you from ever taking yourself too seriously, works in an 8-part round and it will be with you forever.

Composer & Copyright

Unknown attribution.



Have you ever been down the water spout
To the very bottom of the water system
There you’ll find a little alligator
Who goes by the name of Alfred, if you do
He’s mine, I lost him
I threw him down the water spout and now I’m feeling lonely ‘cause he’s gone
I miss him

Teaching Track from the 2014 Song-a-Day Challenge

Teaching Notes

Despite it’s wordiness, I find this song pretty quickly teachable. No harmonies, just add complexity by picking up speed and adding the round. The trickiest line that usually needs some rounds of review is “and now I’m feeling lonely ’cause he’s gone.”


Level of teaching speed/ difficulty (1 = very easy, 10 = very challenging)


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  • Sanaa Ashurst
    Posted at 22:18h, 08 December Reply

    My teacher taught me this today and I love it

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