Hello, My Name is Joe

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In this favourite old chant, the actions get added up on top of each other, getting busier every verse. Once you’ve got the actions down, try singing along at the same time. I’ve heard many different versions of Joe over the years and when I decided to sing it with a melody, I added the line, “And this is what happened to me”. This small change allowed me to fit the lyrics with the music I wrote.

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Hello! My name is Joe.
I’ve got a wife and a dog and a family.
I go to work in a button factory
And this is what happened to me.
One day my boss came up to me and said,
“Hey Joe! Are you busy?” I said, “No.”
“Then push this button with your right hand.”

Hello! My name is Joe.
I’ve got a wife and a dog and a family.
I go to work in a button factory
And this is what happened to me.
One day my boss came up to me and said,
“Hey Joe! Are you busy?” I said, “No.”
“Then turn this crank with your left hand.”

Hello! My name is Joe.
I’ve got a wife and a dog and a family.
I go to work in a button factory
And this is what happened to me.
One day my boss came up to me and said,
“Hey Joe! Are you busy?” I said, “No.”
“Then push this pedal with your right foot.”

Hello! My name is Joe.
I’ve got a wife and a dog and a family.
I go to work in a button factory
And this is what happened to me.
One day my boss came up to me and said,
“Hey Joe! Are you busy?” I said, “No.”
“Then move this lever with your left knee.”

Hello! My name is Joe.
I’ve got a wife and a dog and a family.
I go to work in a button factory
And this is what happened to me.
One day my boss came up to me and said,
“Hey Joe! Are you busy?” I said, “No.”
“Then hit this button with your hip.”

Hello! My name is Joe.
I’ve got a wife and a dog and a family.
I go to work in a button factory
And this is what happened to me.
One day my boss came up to me and said,
“Hey Joe! Are you busy?” I said, “No.”
“Then push this button with your tongue.

Hello! My name is Joe.
I’ve got a wife and a dog and a family.
I go to work in a button factory
And this is what happened to me.
One day my boss came up to me and said,
“Hey Joe! Are you busy?”
I said, “Yes!”

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from Too Tall, released February 1, 2010

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Andrew Queen Ontario

Andrew "Too Tall" Queen is one of the tallest talents in Canada’s family-folk music scene, engaging big and little folks with his animated delivery of original fairy tale songs and twisted traditionals.

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