bumping 2

I’ve always really liked Raffi’s “Bumping up and Down in my Little Red Wagon.” It’s a simple two-chord song, and the kids love doing the motions with the bumping, the hammering and all that.

The problem for me was that I’ve been doing it for a few years, and I had grown a little bored with it. Also, it’s not really as long as the other songs I usually do, so it didn’t eat up as much of my story time as I wanted. Eventually, it fell out of my song rotation. There was always a song I hadn’t done in a while that I wanted to do more.

Well, I was singing it to my 18 month old daughter the other day, while getting her dressed, but I had Blink 182’s “All the Small Things” stuck in my head. After the first verse of “Bumping”, I went right into “Na na na na na na na na na.” I kind of liked the way the songs fit together, so I played around with it, and now I have a fresh new version of it for story time. It’s a little longer now, and I’m having fun playing it. From my experience, when I’m having more fun, the kids enjoy it more as well.

Of course, if you don’t like the Blink 182 stuff I added, you can still use the chords for just the verses. It’s a great song, either way.

Ok, for those of you who have never seen it done before, during the “bumping” verse, the kids bump up and down. During the “one wheel’s off” verse, they lean one way, and then the other, and during the “hammer” verse, they make a hammering motion. It’s pretty simple.

Here’s the video. We had to get it done in one take, so it’s kinda rough, but we’re in the middle of moving. Things are crazy around here.

Here are the chords:

G
Bumping up and down in my little red wagon
D
Bumping up and down in my little red wagon
G
Bumping up and down in my little red wagon
D                             G
Won’t you by my darling

G
Na na na na na na na na
D                      C
Na na na na Na na na na
G
Na na na na na na na na
D                     C
Na na na na Na na na na

G C Em D X2

G
One wheel’s off and the axel’s broken
D
One wheel’s off and the axel’s broken
G
One wheel’s off and the axel’s broken
D                              G
Won’t you by my darling

G
Na na na na na na na na
D                      C
Na na na na Na na na na
G
Na na na na na na na na
D                       C
Na na na na Na na na na

G C Em D X2

G
Grandma’s gonna fix it with her hammer
D
Grandma’s gonna fix it with her hammer
G
Grandma’s gonna fix it with her hammer
D                             G
Won’t you by my darling

G
Na na na na na na na na
D                     C
Na na na na Na na na na
G
Na na na na na na na na
D                    C
Na na na na Na na na na

G C Em D X2

G
Bumping up and down in my little red wagon
D
Bumping up and down in my little red wagon
G
Bumping up and down in my little red wagon
D                             G
Won’t you by my darling

G
Na na na na na na na na
D                      C
Na na na na Na na na na
G
Na na na na na na na na
D                      C
Na na na na Na na na na

End on G

As always, guys, I hope someone out there can use this version for your story times. I know it’s not for everyone, but it fits what I like to do, so maybe it will work for someone else as well!