Words & Music by Hap Palmer
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Amanda Schlupp would not pick her toys up
She left everything where it lay
She played all day and never found time
To put anything way
Her dollies lay smothered on top of each other
Their dresses were wrinkled and ripped
He skates were dropped carelessly on her glass pony
The poor thing was broken and chipped
Checkers and dominoes, buttons and silver bows
All were mixed up in a box
Her panda and teddy like tangled spaghetti
Lay limp in a bed of old socks
Her mirror as cracked from the crush of the clutter
And hadn't been seen for a year
Her hairbrush was bent and the bristles were jammed
In the teeth of her bicycle gear
She cleats of her soccer shoes dug a deep groove
In a record of "Skip to My Lou"
And flies crawled around on her pink paper plates
With cake crumbs and old mud pie stew.
Then one night Amanda dreamed tht her panda
Cried, "I can't stand anymore"!
Then the toys heard him yell, "Rise up and rebel!"
They broke down the bedroom door.
The dollies jumped into the bicycle basket
And panda bear pedaled away
The checkers jumped over each other to flee
And teddy bear shouted "Hooray!"
The glass pony limped up still broken and shipped up
And happily hobbled away
The soccer shoes kicked out the pile of old socks
Then sprinted outside to play
The records and skates rolled outside with the plates
And the hairbrush went bristling by
The bows and the dominoes danced out the door
And all that was lift were the flies
Amanda Schlupp screamed and woke up
And early the very next day
She skipped the cartoons and cleaned up her room
And put all her toys away.
I am emailing the above lyrics to my 16 y.o. DD and she will hopefully apply it to her room, and her "stuff", and take the hint!
I had never heard of this song before. (But I was a big Hap Palmer fan back in my Kdg. teaching years.)
If anyone else has any songs that motivate preschoolers to clean up after themselves, I'd love to know about them!