Your suggestions for Bill's new recording, 5/10

Bill's new recording - called "Songs We Sing" - will be an album of folk songs for families and he'd like know what songs you think should be included on a recording of folk songs for families. What songs do you like to sing and want to make sure the young people around you know? What songs from your childhood have stuck with you? What songs do you think would just be fun for everyone to know?

Email us ( and let us know your suggestions. Bill won't be able to record all of your suggestions, but we'll post all the songs that you suggest here.


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Our family when everyone was much younger loved "Marvelous Little Toy". I know Peter Paul and Mary used to sing it. Fun song. Hope you can use it

Not sure if this qualifies as a folk song, but I always thought that Bill Harley would do it brilliantly, if he could get the rights: "You Can't Be a Pirate" by Don Freed Patricia

Not sure if this qualifies as a folk song, but I always thought that Bill Harley would do it brilliantly, if he could get the rights: You Can't Be a Pirate by Don Freed

How about these classics:
She’ll be comin’ round the mountain
O Suzanna
15 miles on the Erie Canal
This land is your land

My folks and I with my own kids sang, "My Grandfather's Clock" and one of the many versions of "Froggy Went Acourtin'." I often have my students sing "Froggy" along with me in my storyrtelling sesions.

I would like to hear you record "Inch By Inch, Row By Row" I think that's the name...Peter Paul and "Mommy" put it on one of their albums and it's a family favorite. We sing it as we plant our garden every year.  

"This Land is Your Land" Will
"This Little Light of Mine" Maddie

I think "This land was made for you and me" would be prefect for the "Songs We Sing" album.


I would like to put in a vote for one of my favorite folk songs for the new album - it's not an oldie, but I still love it -  "The Garden Song" by Dave Mallett.


The Cuckoo (a good “call and response” song)
The Fox (The fox went out on a chilly night…)
All God’s Critters (All God’s critters got a place in the choir…)
This Land is Your Land (My choice for a new national anthem—no worries in that song about hitting those high notes, you know…)


While there are probably 1000's, one that comes right to mind is "Blowin' in the Wind." Just something for consideration.

My kids have been sent to sleep almost every night with an old camp song called “Barges” –
Out of my window looking in the night, I can see those barges flickering lights etc etc.
I don’t know when I learned it, but my high school friends and I used to sing it at the end of our cabin dock.

I was just at a Brownie meeting yesterday, and the troop tried to sing "I'm bringing home a baby bumblebee..." and no one knew the words (except me - which they thought was very strange!).  That would be a good one to include in your collection (if it hasn't been mentioned already).

I also like "Waltzing Matilda" "The other day I saw a bear"  from my childhood.

My Mom used to sing a song - not sure of the title - that went like this...

I love the mountains
I love the rolling hills
I love the violets (?)
I love the daffodils
I love the fireside when all the lights are low
Boom Di ahda, boom di ahda, boom di ahda oooh.

Ever heard of it?  Just a memory.

Can't wait to hear the whole collection!

One of my favorite songs as a kid was "The Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night."  We had a great record with this song sung by Roger Whittaker...have never been able to find the album converted into a CD, and  have heard very few performers sing it, but I LOVE it and would love to hear Bill sing it!

I have always loved, "Let there be Peace on Earth".
It can be very beautiful!

Mary Kaye's "Love you a Million" do you know of it?