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Real Clock Tower

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Location: Between the Wildlife Center and the Children's Zoo at 65th St.

Constructed on a triple archway of brick, the George Delacorte Musical Clock can be found between the Wildlife Center and the Children's Zoo. On the north side of the arches are Frederick George Richard Roth's Honey Bear and Dancing Goat bronze sculptures dating from 1935. From 8:00 am — 5:00 pm on the hour and half-hour, one of 26 nursery rhyme tunes plays while a bear with tambourine, a hippopotamus with violin, a goat with pan pipes, a kangaroo and offspring with horns, and a penguin with drum glide around the base of the clock. In addition, on the hour two monkeys on the top of the clock appear to strike a bell.

The clock is one of the most whimsical features of the park. The musical repertoire of the clock includes:

Frère Jacques, Au Clair de la Lune, Hickory, Dickory Dock , Ding Dong Dell , Old King Cole, I Had a Little Nut Tree, Hey Diddle Diddle , Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, Georgie Porgie, My Bonnie, Little Jack Horner, The Merry Farmer (Schumann), Mary Had a Little Lamb, Cradle Song (Brahms), Three Blind Mice, Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater, Pussy Cat, Pussy Cat, Anvil Chorus, Sing a Song of Sixpence, There’s Music in the Air, Parade of the Wooden Soldiers, Baa, Baa, Black Sheep , A Tisket, a Tasket, The Farmer in the Dell, Row, Row, Row Your Boat , Sailing, Sailing

There are, of course, appropriate selections played during the holidays with favorites such as Winter Wonderland, Jingle Bells, Deck the Halls, and Joy to the World ringing out from Thanksgiving until the second week of January.

Named for donor George Delacorte, the clock was designed to replicate the musical clocks he had seen throughout Europe; the animal figures were created by Italian sculptor Andrea Spadini

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Delacorte Clock Song List

Every day, between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., these songs can be heard on the hour and half hour.

*December 1- December 25
   Winter Wonderland
   Deck the Halls  
   O Little Town Of Bethlehem    
   Hark! The Herald Angels
   The First Noel  
   Jingle Bells    
   Silent Night    
   Joy to the World
*December 26-March 1
   Frère Jacques   
   Hickory Dickory Dock
   Ding Dong Dell  
   Hey Diddle Diddle    
   Georgie Porgie      
   Little Jack Horner
   Mary Had a Little Lamb
   Three Blind Mice    
   Pussy Cat       
   Sing a Song of Sixpence
   Parade of the Wooden Soldiers
   Baa Baa Black Sheep
   A Tisket a Tasket
   Farmer in the Dell
   Row Row Row Your Boat
   Sailing, Sailing
   Au Clair de la La Lune
   Little Nut Tree
   Old King Cole
*March 2-May 31
   Apple Blossom Time
   April Showers   
   Easter Parade   
   Oh What a Beautiful Morning
   Peter Cottontail        
   Younger Than Springtime    
   Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head
   Gypsy Love Song
   Hello Young Love
   It Might As Well be Spring
   Waltz of the Flowers
   Singing in the Rain
   Surrey with the Fringe on Top
   Glow Worm       
   What the World Needs Now
   April in Paris  
   Tiptoe Through the Tulips
*June 1-November 30
   Frère Jacques   
   Hickory Dickory Dock
   Ding Dong Dell  
   Hey Diddle Diddle    
   Georgie Porgie      
   Little Jack Horner
   Mary Had a Little Lamb
   Three Blind Mice    
   Pussy Cat       
   Sing a Song of Sixpence
   Parade of the Wooden Soldiers
   Baa Baa Black Sheep
   A Tisket A Tasket
   Farmer in the Dell
   Row Row Row Your Boat
   Sailing, Sailing
   Au Clair de la La Lune
   Little Nut Tree
   Old King Cole
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