The Dinner Train

Age Range: 5 - 11
By: Liz Clayton

This is a rhythm thing. It's called "The Dinner Train" - your "Tea Coffee" one inspired me to remember this from campfires! This chant sounds like a train getting faster and faster. You say each menu item 4 times. It's a dinner menu in reverse. The last one, SOUP, is just done once, like the train's whistle - very loud and long and high-pitched. It's really funny!

It goes like this:

Coffee, coffee, coffee, coffee,
cheese and biscuits (x4)
fruit and custard (x4)
beef and carrots (x4)
fish and chips (x4)
SOOOOOOOOOOOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUP!!!!!!!!

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burl cabena

When I learned this "song" in vacation bible school way back in the 1960s, we used "meat and 'taters" and "cheese and crackers" as well as "fish and chips" and, of course, "SOUP!" It was great!

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Janet Robbins

I sang this song as a child in the late 1940s in England. It was on an old 78 rpm record that my mother had, "sung" by some man whose name I've forgotten. Now my grandchildren are learning it!

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