1. Oh, what did the pioneer children hear
At early morn on the desert air?
The sounds of companies wakening,
The Nauvoo Bell calling Saints to prayer.
2. Oh, how did the pioneer children help
When wagons camped in the noontide shade?
They carried water and gathered sticks
And watched the little ones as they played.
3. Oh, what did the pioneer children do
When night came on and the fires were made?
They sang and danced in the circled glow,
And with their loved ones knelt and prayed.