Alfred (The Alligator Song)

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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

    • Ladaija Ward
      Posted at 22:02h, 24 September Reply

      It was fun although it didn’t make sense.

  • Bob Vance
    Posted at 15:13h, 27 February Reply

    I learned this song in 2009 and it is stuck in my head to this day

  • Davina grace
    Posted at 01:53h, 24 October Reply

    In my choir we sing this song but the instructor taught it to us a different way

  • Vicki Horowitz
    Posted at 04:08h, 10 November Reply

    THANK you so much for teaching me Alfred the Alligator Song. Our 33 year old sung this to us in the car as we drove to Virginia to canvas for a Congressional candidate (a woman) who we really like. We sang this song with our 2 year old granddaughter who looked at us like we were nuts. We had never heard this before which is strange since we have been into folk music and rounds for decades. He learned it at sleepaway summer camp years and years ago and it just popped back into his head as we were driving from DC to Virginia…Thanks for the line by line teaching. I learned it. love this….

  • Dana Ibragimov
    Posted at 02:56h, 07 December Reply

    we learned this in school not long ago

  • Dana Ibragimov
    Posted at 02:57h, 07 December Reply

    <3 this song

  • Bob eneans
    Posted at 19:23h, 17 January Reply

    We learned how he lost him down the water spout.

  • Willow Timmerman
    Posted at 01:33h, 19 March Reply

    learned this as a kid i can’t believe i found it!!

  • Jamil ynn price
    Posted at 18:40h, 09 June Reply

    I learned this in choir. And it’s stuck in my head all the time

  • Aleks
    Posted at 21:44h, 29 October Reply

    Oh, man am I happy to find this song. I learned it years ago when I was in middle school chorus and I find myself singing it randomly to this day, I even taught it to my nieces who are at the age of when I had learned it!

  • Laney Bernard
    Posted at 11:49h, 25 November Reply

    We learned this song in Chorus and we use it as a warm-up every single day and I can’t stop singing it!!!!

  • Samantha Kim
    Posted at 01:49h, 23 January Reply

    OMG! I love this song. Our music teacher taught us this song and it’s stuck in everyone’s head now.

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