We’re Going to Kentucky Nursery Rhyme Lyrics, Video, and Printable

We’re Going to Kentucky is a traditional American folk song and nursery rhyme passed down through generations.

It talks about going to Kentucky for a fair and to see a senorita or a dancer.

Like most nursery rhymes, the song’s origins are unknown.

We’re Going to Kentucky has variations in the lyrics, and different regions might have slightly different versions for example it is sometimes sung as I’m Going to Kentucky.

It’s often sung with a playful and rhythmic melody, making it popular for children’s singing games.

Lyrics for We’re Going to Kentucky

This is one of the most common variations of this song.

We’re going to Kentucky,
We’re going to the fair
To see a senorita,

With roses in her hair,
OH Shake it baby, shake it!

Shake it if you dare!
Shake it like a milkshake,

Oh shake it here to there!
SOOO, rumble to the bottom, rumble to the top
Then turn around and turn around Until it’s time to STOP!

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