An Austrian Went Yodeling

Category: Songs

a.k.a. “Austrian Yodeler”, “Once an Austrian”
Tune See video below. Feel free to sing even higher to make the yodeling sound sillier!
Type of Song Actions, Build Upon/Take Away, Yells, Chants, and Cheers
Actions Yo-delayy ki ki, yo-delayy ki koo / slap thighs, clap hands, snap fingers twice x2
Yo-delayy ki ki, yo! / slap thighs, clap hands, snap fingers twice, slap thighs
Swish / swipe hand in front of you
Grr! / hands curled into claws
Pant Pant / hands up like paws, tongue hanging out
POW! / punch the air
Squirt, Squirt / milking action
Kiss Kiss / pucker up
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Lyrics

Hold right hand up in the air on “oh” for as long as you want, shaking your hand. Swing arm back and forth with the beat for the rest of the verse

v.1
Oh an Austrian went yodeling on a mountain so high
When along came an avalanche, interrupting his cry!

Drum roll on thighs
Yo-delayy, keee…

Yo-delayy ki ki, yo-delayy ki koo: swish
Yo-delayy ki ki, yo-delayy ki koo: swish
Yo-delayy ki ki, yo-delayy ki koo: swish
Yo-delayy ki ki, yo!

v.2
Oh an Austrian went yodeling on a mountain so high
When along came a grizzly bear, interrupting his cry!

Drum roll on thighs
Yo-delayy, keee…

Yo-delayy ki ki, yo-delayy ki koo: swish, grr
Yo-delayy ki ki, yo-delayy ki koo: swish, grr
Yo-delayy ki ki, yo-delayy ki koo: swish, grr
Yo-delayy ki ki, yo!

v.3
Oh an Austrian went yodeling on a mountain so high
When along came a Saint Bernard, interrupting his cry!

Drum roll on thighs
Yo-delayy, keee…

Yo-delayy ki ki, yo-delayy ki koo: swish, grr, pant pant
Yo-delayy ki ki, yo-delayy ki koo: swish, grr, pant pant
Yo-delayy ki ki, yo-delayy ki koo: swish, grr, pant pant
Yo-delayy ki ki, yo!

v.4
Oh an Austrian went yodeling on a mountain so high
When along came a Dinosaur, interrupting his cry!

Drum roll on thighs
Yo-delayy, keee…

Yo-delayy ki ki, yo-delayy ki koo: swish, grr, pant pant, POW!
Yo-delayy ki ki, yo-delayy ki koo: swish, grr, pant pant, POW!
Yo-delayy ki ki, yo-delayy ki koo: swish, grr, pant pant, POW!
Yo-delayy ki ki, yo!

v.5
Oh an Austrian went yodeling on a mountain so high
When along came a Jersey Cow, interrupting his cry!

Drum roll on thighs
Yo-delayy, keee…

Yo-delayy ki ki, yo-delayy ki koo: swish, grr, pant pant, POW!, squirt squirt
Yo-delayy ki ki, yo-delayy ki koo: swish, grr, pant pant, POW!, squirt squirt
Yo-delayy ki ki, yo-delayy ki koo: swish, grr, pant pant, POW!, squirt squirt
Yo-delayy ki ki, yo!

v.6
Oh an Austrian went yodeling on a mountain so high
When along came a Fair Maiden, interrupting his cry!

Drum roll on thighs
Yo-delayy, keee…

Yo-delayy ki ki, yo-delayy ki koo: swish, grr, pant pant, POW!, squirt squirt, kiss kiss
Yo-delayy ki ki, yo-delayy ki koo: swish, grr, pant pant, POW!, squirt squirt, kiss kiss
Yo-delayy ki ki, yo-delayy ki koo: swish, grr, pant pant, POW!, squirt squirt, kiss kiss
Yo-delayy ki ki, yo!


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4 thoughts on “An Austrian Went Yodeling

  1. The top notes are not high enough on the chorus. It’s driving me nuts! It doesn’t sound like yodeling if the chorus does not have the high notes. She also started it at a really low pitch, which works with adults, I suupose, but the initial pitch should be a lot higher for younger people, especially elementary children.

    • That’s a great point! Generally when I lead this song everyone sings in a high-pitched voice because my voice is so small and high-pitched. I guess I took that for granted :). I definitely agree that the higher the pitch, the sillier it gets, and the more fun it is! Thanks for the feedback.

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