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Songs - London's Burning, On Ilkley Moor Baht ’At

We encourage you to give your child a wide range of musical experiences: singing songs, listening to all kinds of music, dancing at home, attending local musical performances when possible. One of the best (and easiest!) activities is singing with your child. If you don't feel confident about your own singing voice, remember that the more you sing with your child, the more comfortable you'll feel, and the more you'll both enjoy music together. Here is one song for Year 4 children that we suggest for singing together.

Like 'Frère Jacques' which we read in Year 2, 'London's Burning' can be sung in a round with different people (or groups) starting to sing the song one line after another.

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London’s burning, London’s burning!
Fetch the engines, fetch the engines!
Fire, Fire! Fire, Fire!
Pour on water, pour on water.


The words from 'On Ilkley Moor Baht ’At' are in Yorkshire dialect. As we learnt in Year 3, rules in dialect are sometimes different from standard English. It will help to listen to a recording of people from Yorkshire singing it themselves. Here, an apostrophe (’) usually means that an ‘h’ has been left out. Some words have modern English equivalents. ‘Thou’ and ‘thee’ are like ‘you’ and ‘thy’ is like ‘your’, speaking to one person whom you know well. Each verse only has one new line and you repeat the rest as we show below.

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Where ’ast thou been since I saw thee? [Where have you been since I saw you?]
On Ilkley Moor baht ’at. [On Ilkley Moor without a hat.]
Where ’ast thou been since I saw thee?
Where ’ast thou been since I saw thee?
On Ilkley Moor baht ’at.
On Ilkley Moor baht ’at.
On Ilkley Moor baht ’at.


Thou’s been a-courting Mary Jane. [You’ve been courting Mary Jane.]
On Ilkley Moor baht ’at.
Thou’s been a-courting Mary Jane.
Thou’s been a-courting Mary Jane.


On Ilkley Moor baht ’at.
On Ilkley Moor baht ’at.
On Ilkley Moor baht ’at.

Thou’s going to catch thy death of cold... [You’re going to catch your death of cold.]
Then we shall ’ave to bury thee... [Then we shall have to bury you.]
Then t’ worms ’ll come and eat thee up… [Then the worms will come and eat you up.]
Then t’ ducks ’ll come [Then the ducks will come and eat up t’ worms… and eat up the worms.]
Then we shall come and eat up t’ ducks... [Then we shall come and eat up the ducks.]
Then we shall all ’ave etten thee. [Then we shall all have eaten you.]


This activity is adapted from page 217-219 of What Your Year 4 Child Needs to Know, which can be purchased here.

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