She Sells Seashells

(Mary Blake)

A variation on the tonguetwister, written for crowd participation. It should be funny, as many in the crowd will find it very difficult to participate. It is to be sung in 3 or 1. The first word of every line is on the downbeat for the measure. I sang it to the tune of a calliope (C E G, low G, E, G) to my kids. It is to be sung very slowly at first, to let the audience join in. It is sped up over several repetitions until the singer has outpaced the audience, at which point he sings the last two verses to wind up the story.

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She sells sea- shells. She sells seashells. She sells seashells. She sells sea- shells. She sells by the sea shore. She sells sea- shells. She sells seashells. She sells seashells. She sells sea- shells. She sells by the sea shore. Sing it some more. (Repeat all of the above, speeding up each time until it's too fast...) She sold sea- shells. I'm told she XXXXXX XXXX XX XXXX XXX XXX XXXX XXXXXX XXX XXXX XX XXX XXXX XXXXXX XXX XXXX XXXX XXXXXXX XXX XXXX XXX XXX XXX XXXXXXX XX XXXX XXXX XX XXXX XXXX XXX XXXXX XXXX XX XXXXX XXXX XX XX XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX