Sheet Music: Down by the Bay

TitleDown by the Bay
Alternate titlesYialo Yialo
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyC major
Time signature4/4
Tempo100 BPM
Performance time0:40
Difficulty leveleasy
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Date added2010-09-14
Last updated2010-09-14
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Campfire songs, Nursery rhymes, Traditional/Folk


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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.