Words & Music: Harry M. Woods (1926)


When the red, red robin
Comes bob, bob, bobbin’ along, along,
There’ll be no more sobbin’
When he starts throbbin’
His old sweet song:
“Wake up, wake up,
You sleepy head
Get up, get up,
Get out of bed,
Cheer up, cheer up,
The sun is red
Live, love,
Laugh and be happy!”

What if I’ve been blue –
Now I’m walkin’ through
Fields of flowers.
Rain may glisten,
But still I listen,
For hours and hours.
I’m just a kid again,
Doin’ what I did again.
Singin’ a song,
When the red, red robin
Comes bob, bob, bobbin’ along.


“When the Red, Red Robin” was an instant Tin Pan Alley hit for several singers. Al Jolson, however, had the most success with his recording, which reached #1 on the charts. Songwriter Harry Woods also wrote the music for “I’m Looking Over A Four Leaf Clover.”


Here is the #1 recording of Al Jolson. It includes the verse, which we do not sing, but you are welcome to learn!

Here is a recording by that famous “crooner” Bing Crosby:

And here is the Sing-A-long version for listening to and downloading:

When the Red, Red Robin