Zacchaeus was a Greedy Little Man

The author and composer of this children's hymn about Zacchaeus are unknown.

There are several variations on the verses.   References to it on the internet suggest that it was used in schools in the island of Ireland, and visitors to this website say it was included in a religious education programme used in the 1990s.

Please leave a message in the Comments box rear the bottom of the page if you have any information about it.



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Zacchaeus was a greedy little man,
He cheated all the people in the land.
When the rent they did not pay,
He would take their lands away
And their furniture and everything they had.

Zacchaeus, Zacchaeus, nobody liked Zacchaeus,
Zacchaeus, Zacchaeus, nobody liked Zacchaeus.

One day he heard that Jesus was in town
The man who loved just ev'ryone around
So he climbed the highest tree,
For his luck he couldn't see
Such a little wee man was he.

Then Jesus came along that very way,
And full of love the people heard him say,
To Zacchaeus in the tree,
"Won’t you please come down to me,
For I’d love to come to you house for tea."

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  1. This song used to be part of the programme for First Penance before the Alive O programme which came into being in the mid 1990's in primary schools in Ireland.

    1. Thanks for the information Joseph. I'll try and do some more research and see if I can find out who wrote it.

  2. Did you guys ever find this?

  3. Great stuff keep up the good work this song raised me i appreciate knowing it raised someone too

    Love form jazz


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