Down by the Bay

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"Down by the Bay"
Written byTraditional
Recorded byRaffi
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"Down by the Bay"
Written byTraditional
Recorded byRaffi

"Down by the Bay" is a traditional children's song. A famous version was performed by Raffi and appears on his 1976 album Singable Songs for the Very Young. It is possibly of Greek origin: a traditional Cephalonian kantada song called "Yialo Yialo" has the same melody. In recent years, the song had gained popularity as a campfire song among the Scouting Movement in Britain.


The song lyrics are usually as follows:

"Down by the bay,
Where the watermelons grow,
Back to my home,
I dare not go,
or if I do,
My mother will say:"

Usually follows some kind of variation on "Did you ever see a _____, _____ing a _____", with rhyming words, for example:

"...down by the bay?"

The variations used in the Kidsongs version are[citation needed]:

In popular culture[edit]