November 14 2008 by Karla Henriquez
Whether you're driving across the plains or in the mountains, for two hours or for eighteen, music is an essential element of a road trip. It's a time to plug in the iPod and listen to all our favorite bands. However, let's not forget about the unique opportunity a road trip provides us to turn the stereo OFF and sing what can only be described as cheesy travel songs.
In my experience, singing Cheesy Travel Songs during a road trip is a great way to teach children some great American folk songs. Additionally, they serve one of two very important purposes: 1) to express common excitement and joy, or 2) to make the children in the car stop bickering or complaining.
What qualifies as a Cheesy Travel Song? I would say the common characteristics of most Cheesy Travel Songs are a simple, catchy melody and repetitive lyrics. This makes them easy to learn and easy to add on to when you need to make a song last a very, very long time.
Here are some of my favorite selections from this genre:
Over the River and Through the Woods
Home on the Range
Jimmie Crack Corn
When I First Came to this Land
I've Been Workin' on the Railroad
Rock-a My Soul (He's got the whole world in his hands)
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
There's a Hole in the Bucket
Old McDonald had a Farm
The Princess Pat
Can you add to this list?