Tuesday 14 September 2010
Tune of the Day: Down by the Bay
Traditional children's song
This children's song is possibly of Greek origin: a traditional Cephalonian song called “Yialo Yialo” has the same melody. This version can notably be heard during the wedding scene in the 1961 film The Guns of Navarone. The most famous version, however, was performed by Canadian singer Raffi, and appears on his 1976 album Singable Songs for the Very Young.
In recent years, the song has gained much popularity as a campfire song in Scouting in the UK.