“Over the River and Through the Woods” was written by Lydia Maria Child in 1844. It was first published as a poem telling about Lydia’s childhood memories of visiting her grandfather’s home for Thanksgiving.
You can see that when it was first written, the words were “to grandfather’s house we go” instead of what we sing today: “to grandmother’s house” we go. When you visit your grandparents, do you say “We’re going to Grandma’s house” or “We are going to Grandpa’s house?”
For printable sheet music, go here.
For an mp3 recording, go here.