What should six year old sing at Fair?
January 5, 2011 4:04 PM   Subscribe

What is a good song for a six year old girl to sing at a fair?

My daughter takes vocal lessons and sings at recitals about twice a year. She is a soprano and sings higher than the normal six year old, or so I am told by her teacher.

Do any of you know a good song that is entertaining for her to sing, but also is appropriate for a six year old. And one that can show off her talent? Plus, I'm not sure what good "Fair" material would be.

To give you an idea of what she has sang and did very well with......she sang "It might as well be spring", and "In My Own Little Corner."

Thank you.

P.S. The reason I'm asking so early (Fair is in the summer), is that the teacher works with her for a while on a song first and then we will be on our own in the summer.
posted by lynnie-the-pooh to Media & Arts (15 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
She Moved Through The Fair?

Not strictly fairground uh ... fair. But still relevant. And haunting, with a simple melody and not too much range.
posted by iotic at 4:18 PM on January 5, 2011 [2 favorites]

I'm imagining a carnival games, hot-dog, cotton candy fair? A patriotic song at a summer fair is always nice.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 4:30 PM on January 5, 2011

Not sure on the fair part, but as far as children's songs:

Castle on a Cloud from Les Mis is a fantastic piece for a young girl! I regret that I didn't know it until I was in my teens.

Pretty much any song that a disney princess sings should be appropriate: Part of Your World (Little Mermaid), Colors of the Wind (Pocahontas), Once Upon a Dream (Sleeping Beauty), Almost There (Princess & The Frog)...

And I once saw a young girl sing "Wash That Man Right Out of My Hair" from South Pacific and it was adorable...
posted by firei at 4:38 PM on January 5, 2011

Getting To Know You could be too lyrically difficult, but symplifying shouldn't be too hard.

Note: You might want to nix the whistling part, if called for. I sang this at a fair as a kid, and I was nervous enough to bomb the whistling.

The melody from Java Jive would be the perfect way to ham it up, if she's into that.

Laissez Bon Temps Rouller would be fun as all get-out for a little kid, and is some certain fair fare.
posted by functionequalsform at 4:44 PM on January 5, 2011

My mom was always desperate for me to sing Frank Mills at talent shows.

But my mom is really weird.
posted by elsietheeel at 5:10 PM on January 5, 2011 [3 favorites]

Broadway Baby, When You Wish Upon a Star or Young at Heart could be fun.
posted by sueinnyc at 5:46 PM on January 5, 2011

I'm Dancing in the Show Tonight
posted by Brian B. at 6:00 PM on January 5, 2011

"God Bless the USA" by Lee Greenwood.

I'm kidding.

With my little ones, we sing "You Are My Sunshine," and it is all sorts of cute.
posted by 4ster at 7:16 PM on January 5, 2011 [1 favorite]

Animal Crackers In My Soup.

You're Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile from "Annie". (May win you points because "thank God it's not 'Tomorrow' again". And it was written so kids can sing it too, as you can see.)

I Gotta Crow from Peter Pan.

There's also many lovely folk songs that would be good for kids...
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 7:53 PM on January 5, 2011

Think of Me from Phantom of the Opera

Simple Gifts - Shaker hymn
posted by BusyBusyBusy at 8:30 PM on January 5, 2011

If I Could Talk to the Animals from Dr. Doolittle
posted by faineant at 9:21 PM on January 5, 2011

posted by faineant at 9:22 PM on January 5, 2011

"My Philosophy" from "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown"?
posted by zerbinetta at 9:58 PM on January 5, 2011

Desperado, like in In America. (link is to weird chinese video site. sorry.)
posted by The Esteemed Doctor Bunsen Honeydew at 12:10 AM on January 6, 2011

Oh I love "You're never fully dressed without a smile!" It's got some high parts so it will show off her voice, but it's also fun so she can be showy. Also I love the idea of "Wash that man right out of my hair" or something that is obviously adult but not sexual or inappropriate. Something sung at a fair should IMHO be a bit upbeat and fun, so she can show off that 6-year-old charm! I love Castle on a Cloud but it's a bit of a downer.
posted by radioamy at 12:51 PM on January 6, 2011

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