This song, which is also known as "The Animal Song", was written by Bill Staines, an American songwriter and folk singer from New England.
I learnt it at the Hammersmith Irish Centre in London. It's great fun to sing, but it's quite difficult to fit in all the words.
All god's creatures got a place in the choir
Some sing low, some sing higher
Some sing loud on the telephone wire
Some just clap their hands, their paws or anything they got now!
Listen to the bass it's the one on the bottom
Where the bullfrog croaks and the hippopotamus
Moans and groans with a big tattoo
And the old cow just goes moo.
The dog and the cat take up the middle
While the honey bee hums and the cricket fiddles
The donkey brays and the pony neighs
And the old grey badger sighs oh.
Listen to the top with the little birds singing
And the melodies and the high note ringing
The hoot-owls cry over everything
And the blackbird disagrees
Singing in the night-time, singing in the day
And the little duck quacks and he's on his way
And the otter hasn't got much to say
And the porcupine talks to himself
It's a simple song, a little one sung everywhere
By the ox and the fox and the grizzly bear
The grumpy alligator and the hawk above
The sly old weasel and the turtle-dove.
You can hear this song on the following album:
Recording of this song
The Bill Staines Website