The Ugly Duckling Nursery Rhyme Lyrics

The Ugly Duckling Nursery Rhyme Lyrics

The Ugly Duckling Nursery Rhyme Lyrics




“The Ugly Duckling” (Danish: Den Grimme ælling) is a literary fairy tale by Danish poet and author Hans Christian Andersen (1805–1875). The story tells of a homely little bird born in a barnyard who suffers abuse from the others around him until, much to his delight (and to the surprise of others), he matures into a beautiful swan, the most beautiful bird of all. The story is beloved around the world as a tale about personal transformation for the better. “The Ugly Duckling” was first published 11 November 1843, with three other tales by Andersen in Copenhagen, Denmark to great critical acclaim. The tale has been adapted to various media including opera, musical, an animated film. The tale is completely Andersen’s invention and owes no debt to fairy tales or folklore.


Lyrics to “The Ugly Duckling”

There once was an ugly duckling
With feathers all stubby and brown
And the other birds said in so many words

Get out of town
Get out, get out, get out of town
And he went with a quack and a waddle and a quack
In a flurry of eiderdown

That poor little ugly duckling
Went wandering far and near
But at every place, they said to his face
Now get out, get out, get out of here
And he went with a quack and a waddle and a quack

And a very unhappy tear
All through the wintertime, he hid away
Ashamed to show his face, afraid of what others might say
All through the winter in his lonely clump of wheat
Till a flock of swans spied him there and very soon agreed

You’re a very fine swan indeed!
A swan? Me a swan? Ah, go on!
And he said yes, you’re a swan
Take a look at yourself in the lake and you’ll see
And he looked, and he saw, and he said
I am a swan! Whee!

I’m not such an ugly duckling
No feathers all stubby and brown
For, in fact, these birds in so many words said
The best in town, the best, the best
The best in town

Not a quick, not a quick, not a waddle or a quack
But a glide and a whistle and a snowy white back
And ahead so noble and high
Say who’s an ugly duckling?


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