THERE’S A HOLE IN THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA

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  • THERE’S A HOLE IN THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA
    “Hole in the Bottom of the Sea” is a cumulative song whose verses are built from earlier
    verses, usually by adding a new stanza to the previous verse. A simple cumulative song
    having many verses is structured as stanza stanza stanza stanza1 stanza2 … stanzan
    sometimes with a common chorus included with each verse. When sung, the repeated
    stanzas are sometimes varied or abbreviated. Cumulative songs are popular for group
    singing, in part because they require relatively little memorization of lyrics, and because
    remembering the previous verse to concatenate it to form the current verse can become a
    kind of game.
    There’s a hole in the bottom of the sea
    There’s a hole in the bottom of the sea
    There’s a hole, there’s a hole
    There’s a hole in the bottom of the sea
    There’s a log in the hole
    In the bottom of the sea
    There’s a log in the hole
    In the bottom of the sea
    There’s a bump on the log in the hole
    In the bottom of the sea
    There’s a bump on the log in the hole
    In the bottom of the sea
    There’s a frog on the bump on the log
    In the hole in the bottom of the sea
    There’s a frog on the bump on the log
    In the hole in the bottom of the sea
    There’s a tail on the frog on the bump on the log
    In the hole in the bottom of the sea
    There’s a frog on the bump on the log
    In the hole in the bottom of the sea
    There’s a flea on the tail on the frog
    On the bump on the log
    In the hole in the bottom of the sea
    There’s a flea on the tail on the frog
    On the bump on the log
    In the hole in the bottom of the sea
    There’s a speck on the flea on the tail on
    The frog on the bump on the log
     In the hole in the bottom of the sea
    There’s a speck on the flea on the tail on
    The frog on the bump on the log
    In the hole in the bottom of the sea
    There’s a teeny weeny something that’s so
    Small you almost can’t see it on the speck on
    The flea on the tail on the frog on the bump
    On the log in the hole in the bottom of the sea
    There’s a teeny weeny something on the speck
    On the flea on the tail on the frog
    On the bump on the log in the hole
    In the bottom of the sea
    And then we’ll –
    Pluck the speck, flick the flea
    Tweak the tail, flip the frog
    Bang the bump, lose the log
    Fill up the hole in the bottom of the sea
    ‘Cause no one wants a hole
    In the bottom of the sea