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Little Johnny Brown
A Blanket-circle Game
Traditional/Georgia Sea Islands    


This song is available on Colleen & Uncle Squaty's Movin' Party

Little Johnny Brown, lay your blanket down. 
Little Johnny Brown, lay your blanket down.
Little Johnny Brown, lay your blanket down. 
Little Johnny Brown, lay your blanket down.

Part #1   
Fold one corner Johnny Brown.
Fold another corner Johnny Brown.
Fold another corner Johnny Brown.
Fold the last corner Johnny Brown.

Part #2  
Show me a motion Johnny Brown.
Show me a motion Johnny Brown.
Show me a motion Johnny Brown.
Show me a motion Johnny Brown.

Part #3  
Act like a buzzard Johnny Brown.
Act like a buzzard Johnny Brown.
Act like a buzzard Johnny Brown.
Act like a buzzard Johnny Brown.

Part #4   
Give it to a neighbor, Johnny Brown,
Give it to a neighbor, Johnny Brown,
Give it to a neighbor, Johnny Brown,
   Give it to a neighbor, Johnny Brown.    



  
Directions for Circle Song/ Game:
Form a circle with the children.   Give a blanket to one child - this child will be the first
“Johnny Brown”.  He/she will then go to the middle of the circle. When the music begins, all children may clap hands in rhythm to the music and sing the song.

First verse:
Child in the middle folds the corners of the blanket (they way he/she chooses).

Second verse:
Child in the middle does some form of physical motion, of his/her choice. Children on outside of circle ‘copy’ the motion of  “Johnny Brown”.

Third verse: 
Child in the middle imitates “a buzzard” by flapping arms for wings. Children on outside of circle ‘copy’ the motion of  “Johnny Brown”, once again.

Fourth verse:
Child in the middle gives the blanket to another child in the circle, and the new “Johnny Brown” steps to the middle of the circle.
The game starts over.

 

 

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Many thanks to Colleen & Uncle Squaty for permission to display these lyrics.
© Colleen & Uncle Squaty. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

 



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