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Jamaica Louise James
Inspired by the book Jamaica Louise James by Amy Hest
Song by Sam Jones

This song is available on Sam Jones' Songs About Popular Children’s Books, Vol 1.


(to the tune of “On Top of Old Smoky”)

Jamaica Louise James
Was an 8-year old girl
With a cool idea
To paint part of her world

And that was a subway
86th and Main
The station where Grammy
Would catch the train

Then on Grammy’s birthday
Jamaica was scared
As she and her Mama
Swooshed down the steep stairs

Then down in the subway
Through the station halls
Jamaica’s paintings
Were put on the walls

When Grammy came down there
They all yelled, “Surprise!”
And she hugged Jamaica
With tears in her eyes

Now next to her paintings
Hangs a plaque by the gate
It says “Jamaica Louise James, age 8”


See more of our Positive Attitudes, Art Appreation and Children's Literature Song Lyrics

Many thanks to Sam Jones for permission to publish these lyrics.
© Sam Jones. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

Jamaica Louise James © Amy Hest. All rights reserved.


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