Singing” is a poem by poet Robert Louis Stevenson, describing how the singing unites all the children’s across the world with the other peoples, birds and animals. It tries to show the bond between all of us in the world through singing.

As most of us hear music from the moment we are born, often via lullabies, and through many of the most important occasions in our lives, from graduations to weddings to funerals. There is something about music that seems to bring us closer to each other and help us come together as a community. It also suggests that, if we want to have a more harmonious society, we would do well to continue to include music in our—and our children’s—lives.


“Singing” Poem Lyrics


Of speckled eggs the birdie sings

And nests among the trees;

The sailor sings of ropes and things

In ships upon the seas.

The children sing in far Japan,

The children sing in Spain;

The organ with the organ man 

Is singing in the rain.