Skidamarink: Sing-Along Song Video for Kids

Your kids will love testing out new words and sounds with this silly song.

Skidamarink

    Skidamarink a dink a dink
    Skidamarink a doo
    I love you.
    I love you in the morning
    And in the afternoon
    I love you in the evening
    And underneath the moon
    Oh...
    Skidamarink
    a dink a dink
    Skidamarink a doo
    I love you.

    "Skidamarink" has been a popular children's rhyming song for more than a century. It was written by Felix F. Feist, with music composed by Al Piantadosi, to serve as the grand finale song for the 1910 Broadway musical The Echo.

    According to the existing sheet music, the original song went as follows:

    Down in the Boola Boola Isle
    Where the Mermaids chant
    Reigns Big Chief Crocodile
    Beneath the Oyster Plant
    He loved a Sea-nymph selfishly
    Queen of the Gay White Wave
    Each night in his shell he'd go to sea
    And in tuneful scales he'd rave

    Skiddy-Mer-Rink-a-Dink-a-Boomp
    Skiddy-Mer-Rink-a-Doo
    Means I Love You
    Skiddy-Mer-Rink-a-Dink-a-Boomp
    Skiddy-Mer-Rink-a-Doo
    Means I'll be True

    Skiddy-Mer-Rink-a-Dink-a-Boomp
    Skiddy-Mer-Rink-a-Doo;
    All the time he sang this rhyme
    Skiddy-Mer-Rink-a-Dink-a-Boomp
    Skiddy-Mer-Rink-a-Doo
    Means I Love You

    Although the original musical held the stage for only few short months, the song caught the ear of the general public, and it rapidly became a favorite. Because the title of the song is nonsensical, it has lent itself to a wide variation of spellings throughout the past century years, including:

      • Skinamarink
      • Skinnamarink
      • Skinnymarink
      • Skiddamarink
      • Scyminerink

        People who grew up in the 1950s now treat the song as a blast from the past, as they fondly remember its popularity when sung by the legendary Jimmy Durante. "Skidamarink" was also featured on several children's programs in the 1980s, including the popular Canadian-based The Elephant Show (whose performers later went on to have their own show called "Skinnamarink TV"), and the Australian show Bananas in Pajamas.

        This song is a popular choice for skating rinks, music boxes, and children's dance numbers; any parent of a 4-year-old tap or ballet enthusiast probably knows the tune and the lyrics by heart. That the song has endured for more than a century is a strong testament to the power of a simple nonsense song to capture attention through the years with virtually no lyric changes.