Song of the Month

July 2004

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Make a Bit of Butter
*From Mary Lee and Nancy’s concert “Songs and Tales of the Trails”

This song may also be found along with other songs of the Oregon trail on their recording of the same title, sold in the Shop
Nancy and Marylee will be performing it all summer in libraries in King County, Washington. Click here for schedule.

This song shows children how the pioneers along the Oregon Trail made butter. Having left their heavy and breakable butter churns at home, the women needed to come up with another way to make the butter they so loved. The rough ride of the wagons during the day “churned” the butter for them as the buckets hung on them. Use the simple hand motions for the verses, and clap your hands to keep rhythm during the chorus.

Chorus:

Make a bit of butter for our biscuits, Betty
Make a bit of butter and we’ll have it tonight
Make a bit of butter for out biscuits, Betty
Make a bit of butter and we’ll have it tonight

Milk the cows in the morning, Betty (pretend to milk a cow)
Milk ‘em in the morning for butter tonight
Milk the cows in the morning, Betty
Milk ‘em in the morning for butter tonight
(chorus)

Bumpin’ up and down making butter in the wagon, (Move up and down as if bumping)
Bumpin’ up and down a little butter tonight
Bumpin’ up and down making butter in the wagon,
Bumpin’ up and down a little butter tonight

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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