Mystery Song Solved & Growing an Edible Shamrock Tree

What a fun day yesterday!  I loved reading your comments and suggestions concerning the mystery song playing on the cute Easter/Spring water globe I found recently in Marshalls.   I learned something new yesterday, too!   Did you know there are apps you can download to your cell phone or iPad that will “listen” to a song that’s playing and will identify it for you?  I had no idea!  The two mentioned in comments here and on Facebook were Shazaam and SoundHound, in  case you are interested in adding them to your App arsenal.

What Song Is It?

Some of the suggestions left on yesterday’s post were:

1. A stylized version of Twinkle, Twinkle Litte Star
2. The ABC song
3. Little Teapot
4. The Merry Old Land of Oz.

If you listen to those songs and you listen again to the video I made below playing the globe, you can definitely hear parts that sound very much like those songs.  But, in the end, it turned out to be a song I had never heard.


There was one song that late in the day became a repeated favorite choice for the answer to the mystery song and I think it may be the correct one. It really does sound like it, plus, it’s a song that’s more in keeping with the spring theme of the globe.  Several folks eventually named the song in the comments here on the blog but the very first person to suggest it was Monica S. on Facebook.

Monica wrote, “It’s called “alle fugler, små de er” in Norwegian.”  She said it’s a song about spring and the melody is a German folksong.  Monica lives in Norway and said, “It’s a very known song in my ears…I have heard it since childhood.
Is not the internet the most amazing, amazing thing?!  I would never have figured this out in a million years!

Monica shared the lyrics, you’ll find those below.  When I read the lyrics I thought about how perfect they were for my little spring globe with the Easter bunny inside.  The lyrics are all about spring returning and the birdies coming back.

All birds small, they are
now coming back!
Cuckoo and linnet, thrush and starling
sings every day.
Larks cheering up high in the sky
rings spring back anew.
Frost and snow they had to go
we’ve got sunshine and happiness.

As the day wore on, more and more folks who were familiar with the song or had studied German in school came up with the answer, too.   A few folks even found another music box on YouTube playing the same song.  (Thanks Nanette and Mary!)  I hope I’m not leaving anyone out that linked to this music box…trying to give you guys credit! πŸ™‚

Nanette said, “That is the German children’s song called “Alle Voegel (or Voegelein) sind schon da” which means something like all the birds or birdies are here already.  The title has the word Voegel which is really an “umlaut o” instead of “oe” and means birds.”  Wow, you guys are amazing!  Thanks so much for sharing all this great information!

You can hear the same song that plays on my water globe playing on an antique German music box in this video titled, Alle Vögel sind schon da

And you can hear the song being sung, complete with sweet birdie pics, in this video:

Thanks again to everyone who left a comment yesterday.  Appreciate so much all the help you offered in solving the mystery song.

St. Patrick’s Day is Coming 

Remember this St. Patrick’s Day table setting I posted last year?  (Tablescape can be viewed here:  A St. Patrick’s Day Table Setting)

St. Patrick's Day Table Setting

I’m so excited to report, I’ve managed to keep two of the three Shamrock plants from that table setting alive!  This is a miracle folks!  Indoor plants never stand a chance in this house.  These babies must be really hardy.  I did lose one but I’m stunned that two survived in this house for a whole year.  They are starting to bloom again, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day.  Does this mean I’ll have lots of good luck this year? πŸ™‚

Shamrocks Plants

I’ve been hoping for a fluke warm day so I could set a tablescape out on the porch but it doesn’t look like Mother Nature is going to cooperate. So I’m working today on a table setting here in my breakfast room. I’m growing my own little “Shamrock tree” for the centerpiece. πŸ˜‰

Sugar Cookies Recipe

Looking forward to all the beautiful table settings tomorrow!


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  1. I love the Internet. When my Mother was upset with one of us she would quote the poem β€œI love you mother, said rosy Nell.” She could not remember who wrote it or where it originated, but the gist of it was, don’t just say you love someone, show it. Only after she was gone was I able to find it on the Internet. I made a copy and sent it to all of her disobedient children. The only one that did not understand was the baby of the family – so we tortured him and called him Fan. ‘Which Loved Best? By Joy Allison’

  2. Susan, I had to chuckle when I read your post. I had just come in from outside where I was weeding a flower bed and pulling up those from the bed. We consider the plants that you have in your tablescape “weeds”. They are very prolific and difficult to get rid of and pop up everywhere in the flower beds.

  3. Thanks for the update on the song – good to know! I love your shamrock plant – my Dad gave me one of these shortly before he died back in 2000 and it is still alive and gorgeous. Obviously it is kept inside and I re-pot when necessary , but it is not only a beautiful plant, but a wonderful, living reminder of how much my Dad loved me. πŸ™‚

    • Tracy, that is so sweet! I love that! These two have grown a good bit. The soil they are in goes dry in no time flat so I should probably transplant them to some better soil sometime.

  4. I love the white napkins in your tablescape! They look like tulle!

    Never in a million years would I have been able to figure out that song. And yes, I think I had heard there was an app for figuring out songs, but I pretty much forgot about it. There’s an app for everything! Not if only I could find one to do my social media πŸ˜‰

  5. You have the sweetest southern accent! So nice to hear your voice! Really enjoyed the snow globe too! πŸ˜‰

  6. The very best part of the internet is stuff like this. It still amazes me. Someone sent me on Facebook, a photo of a print that a woman had wondered about for years. I blew the dust off my degree in Art History, did some sleuthing and found it for her so now she knows who painted it. If enough people are listening, somebody has the answer.

    • That is so true! When I think back to the days when all we had was a set of encyclopedias and you had to drive to a library to use those unless you just happened to own a set…and they were outdated by the time they were printed/released. It’s amazing what we can do now!

  7. I love the green shamrocks. I have some very dark purple shamrocks that my neighbor gave me and they produce the same little white blooms. They are almost black they are so dark and I use them at Halloween. Your table looks wonderful-love the organdy napkins and napkin rings as well as your shamrock cookie tree.

  8. Such a treasure from Marshall’s! So cute and a bonus that it plays such a sweet song – now very memorable for you. >>> Also – love your live shamrocks, and the cookie tree too!

  9. I am so happy to know the true identify of the song! It is so beautiful! and I am also so ready for St. Patrick’s Day! I am really into my genealogy and, and have been working on someof the Irish lines in my family tree! It has dfinitely gotten me i the mood! I love shamrocks! They just make me feel happy and lucky! Lovely post Susan, I always enjoy! Helen at

  10. I didn’t have a clue until you gave us a list of possibilities and I think it might be Twinkle, twinkle little star”
    Every time I heard a musical snow globe or music box, I think of the time I took my dear MIL shopping for one for he to buy her next door neighbor’s anniversary present. She knew the lady collected music boxes or snow globes. I think the store was all musical figurines or snow globes . (The Music box? or “All things Remembered.?” I remember Mom was like a kid in a candy store winding the ones she liked and then other customers were doing the same thing..confusing at times but a lot of fun. The anniversary couple had a Downs Snydrome child who was adult age and he was very sharp at identifiying musical tunes and he identified the tune right away on the gift she bought. Thanks for the memories!

  11. where in the world did you find those cute shamrock plates?

  12. Love the table – the plates are great! Never would have guess the name of the song.

  13. I had a shamrock plant for years, but I left it out on the back porch and did not realize it was going to freeze that night…and it sadly “melted”…so need to start all over again…as I decorate with them in March…have not done a tablescape in a while…but will do one this month for my granddaughter’s birthday…as it is on St. Patrick’s Day….
    Love this post Susan!

  14. I love St. Patty’s Day — no need for cards or gifts, just good ‘ole FUN. Those cookies look delectable — can’t wait to see the whole thing, Susan!
    xo Heidi

  15. Be sure to write the song on a something and glue to bottom….never to be forgotten. Tiny font obviously. I so enjoy the fun of a day here, along with all the wonderful posters.

  16. The tables look lovely as usual. I just wanted to say that the Shamrocks I grow are called oxallis and look like yours, I understand they would be a nuisance in your area as they would take over your yard, but here in the desert they do just fine and come back each year, usually in time for St Patrick’s Day!

  17. Oh my Goodness
    What a Lovely Lovely post…….I just love anything to do with birds and Spring…Thank you so much!
    Carole M

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