Kookaburra is an Australian children’s song and round, well known in all English-speaking countries, composed by professor Marion Sinclair in 1932.
It refers to the Kookaburra, a bird that lives in Australia that “sits in the old gum tree”, a common name for the eucalyptus tree.
“Kookaburra Song” Lyrics
Kookaburra* sits in the old gum tree**,
Merry, merry king of the bush is he,
Laugh Kookaburra, laugh Kookaburra
Gay your life must be.
Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree,
Eating all the gumdrops he can see,
Stop Kookaburra, stop Kookaburra,
Leave some there for me.