26 Sep 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
By Nick Thorkelson. I learned this version of the song has come from later alterations of Nick’s original. You can find his original version in the Rise Again songbook.
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
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)