Give Me a Home Among the Gum Trees
This is a little song I learned while in Australia. It's apparently
only been popular for about 10 years. This is actually just the
Give me a home among the gum trees
With lots of plum trees
A sheep or two and a kangaroo
A clothesline out the back
Veranda out the front
And an old rocking chair
Of course, the cute part is the little gestures that go along with it.
Unfortunately they're easier to show than explain in words.
- Give me a home
- Hold your arms over your head, coming up to a point at the hands.
This is the roof of your home.
- among the gum trees
- Move your arms out and spread your fingers. You're a gum tree.
- With lots of plum trees
- Wiggle your fingers and wave your arms slightly to indicate the
- A sheep or two
- Hold your hands to each side of your head with your index fingers
pointed up. These are the horns of your sheep.
- and a kangaroo
- Hold your arms up tight in front of your chest, wrists limp and
fingers curved so that they point back down to the ground. Hop a
couple times. Congratulations, you're a kangaroo!
- A clothesline
- Hold your hands out in front of your chest, index finger to thumb
on both hands and start out with these four fingers together. Move
your hands apart, keeping index finger to thumb on each hand.
- out the back
- Point your thumbs out and bend your arms up to point behind you
with your thumbs.
- Veranda out
- Hold your arms up in front of your chest, bend your hands at the
wrist so they point straight up and bend your fingers so they point
straight in front of you. Push your arms forward while straightening
your hands & wrists out. Your fingers should stay at the same level
as you do this.
- the front
- Change your hands to point in front of you with your index
- And an old rocking chair
- Hold your arms out to each side like they're resting on the arms
of a chair. Rock back and forth at your waist.
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Author: Lee K. Seitz
Created: 20 Mar 1995(?); Last Modified: 22 May 1996