A legendary king of Celtic Britain, about all that can be said about Old King Cole with any certainty is that:
- Old King Cole was a merry old soul
And a merry old soul was he;
He called for his pipe, and he called for his bowl
And he called for his fiddlers three.
- Every fiddler he had a fiddle,
And a very fine fiddle had he;
Oh there’s none so rare, as can compare
With King Cole and his fiddlers three.
So runs a traditional nursery rhyme the earliest mention of which appeared in 1708-9. Cole, or more properly Coel (pronounced like the English word coil), is a Brythonic (Cumbric) name possibly derived from the Roman Caelius, and there are several candidates for a historical basis to the rhyme amongst both the legendary and historical kings of the Romano-British and sub-Roman period.
Excerpt from Wikipedia
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Check out this fun level 2 piano sheet music for Old King Cole. There’s a listen button on the website if you want to hear it first before you start practicing.
Old King Cole for Easy Piano Solo
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On the first video Old King Cole is included in a collection of Mother Goose nursery rhymes. The second video is classic Sesame Street fun, though not so much the actual song.
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