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Go Get the Axe

Lyrics (Folk song) Peepin’ through the knot-hole of grandpa’s wooden legWho’ll wind the clock when I am gone?Go get the ax, there’s a flea in Lizzie’s ear,And a boy’s best friend is his mother. Peepin’ through the knot-hole of Grandpa’s …

Little Lap-Dog Lullaby

Lyrics (American folk song) RefrainCome up horsey, hey hey,Come up horsey, hey, hey. Mama’s going to buy him a little lap-dog,Mama’s going to buy him a little lap-dog,Mama’s going to buy him a little lap-dog,Going to put him in his …

The Weather

Lyrics (English folk song, adapted by B. Thompson) If the evening’s red and the morning’s gray,It’s a sign of a bonny bonny day.If the evening’s gray and the morning’s red,The ewe and the lamb will go right to bed. See …

My Old Hen’s a Good Old Hen

Lyrics My old hen’s a good old hen, She lays eggs for the section (railroad) men, Sometimes one, sometimes two, Sometimes enough for the whole blamed crew*. Cluck old hen, cluck I tell you, Click old hen, or I’m a-going …

Sorida

Lyrics – Shona (Folk song from Zimbabwe) Sorida, sorida, rida, rida (repeat)Da da da, da da da, rida, rida (repeat) English Translation Hello, hello… See also Partners face each other, either sitting or standing Measure 1 – “So-ri” = With …

Sleigh Ride

Lyrics Canadian folk song, Lyrics by Homer H. Harbour, publ. 1921) Ting-a-ling-a-ling go the sleigh bells sweetTing-a-ling-a-ling in the snowy streetHere comes a sleigh to take us riding,Merrily along on its runners glidingStops for a moment in the snowTumble-umble in …

Jack-o’-lantern

Lyrics (Folk tune, Lyrics by Lois Holt, 1921) Jack-o’-lantern, Jack-o’-lanternYou are such a funny sight.As you sit there, at the windowGlowing on at the night. You were once a yellow pumpkinGrowing on a sturdy vine.Now you are a jack-o’-lanternGlowing on …

Sweetheart Out A-Hunting

Lyrics (Folk song) 1. Sweetheart out a-hunting on a long summer day,Sweetheart out a-hunting on a long summer day. RefrainSwing Eliza, swing her, on a long summer day,Swing Eliza, swing her, on a long summer day. 2. Where will he …

Skin and Bones

Lyrics (Folk song) 1. There was an old woman all skin and bones,Ooooooh 2. She lived down by the old graveyard… 3. One night she thought she’d take a walk… 4. She walked down by the old graveyard… 5. She …

Composing Melodies

Composition Worksheets (Available on other pages. Click each image to access.) E,G,A – mi, so, la pentatonic – in F & G E,G,A,B D,E,G,A,B,C’,D G,A,B G,A,B See also Melody Resources Rhythm Compositions Improvising Amazon links are affiliate links. I earn …

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