Sweetly Sings the Donkey is a single-verse song that is usually sung as a round, which is sometimes referred to as a perpetual/infinite canon. This means that at the unison, at least 3 voices sing the exact same melody and may continue singing it in an infinite loop. However, each voice begins at a different time so that the different voices coincide in different parts of the melody with the harmony still fitting together perfectly.
The origin of the song is largely unknown, but it is believed to come from England. Some variations on the lyrics of the silly song have included other animals such as magpies, dodos, and dolphins. The song is also discussed in one chapter of Harper Lee’s best-selling classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird. In the story, singing the song is frowned upon by state-appointed teachers because of how it is closely associated with the upbringing of rural children.
Lyrics for ‘Sweetly Sings the Donkey’
Sweetly sings the donkey
At the break of day.
If you do not feed him
This is what he’ll say,
“Hee Haw, Hee Haw.
Hee Haw, Hee Haw.”
Print Beginner Piano Sheet Music
Here’s an awesome arrangement of ‘Sweetly Sings the Donkey’ for beginner piano solo. There’s an mp3 on the site that piano students can listen to as they practice this piece. The arrangement is available to print in PDF format.
Sing-a-long Video for ‘Sweetly Sings the Donkey’
Check out this fun video for ‘Sweetly Sings the Donkey’ from
JCRiseDemo on YouTube. Watch it or sing with your kids!
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