Doctor Foster | Lyrics, Free Guitar Sheet Music, and Video (Mother Goose)

Doctor Foster is an English nursery rhyme which dates back to the nineteenth century England. Its first recorded version was in 1810 in Gamer Gurton’s Garland. It was then followed by a modern version of the tune which was published in 1844. The Real Mother Goose published their version of the rhyme in 1916 and had Blanche Fisher Wright as its illustrator.

The song proved to be interesting as several theories have been presented regarding the story behind it. One of them states that it is about an event in English history that occurred during the Plantagenet monarchy. It suggests that the rhyme may have been based on King Edward I and the time when he visited Gloucester. He fell from his horse down into a puddle, which happened in front of many people. This greatly embarrassed the king back then and resulted to him never going back there again due to humiliation.

The second theory is that the rhyme was about a play titled Doctor Faustus, an Elizabethan tragedy written by Christian Marlowe. The play was about the protagonist being called Doctor Fauster because he caused a person to fall in the river when the horse, whom he conjured from a straw, reverted back to its original form while passing through a river. Of the theories circulating around the rhyme, one of them presents a moral lesson for its listeners to follow. It is that when you think that something is shallow does not mean that you would still not proceed with caution as you would end up being in a deeper puddle than you had assumed, which might lead to your demise.

Lyrics for ‘Doctor Foster’

Doctor Foster went to Gloucester,
In a shower of rain;
He stepped in a puddle,
Right up to his middle,
And never went there again.

Print Easy Guitar Sheet Music

Here’s a free arrangement of ‘Doctor Foster’ for beginner guitar solo. Students can learn to read traditional music notation or TABS. There’s also an mp3 on the site so students can listen to the song as they practice.

Doctor Foster for Beginner Guitar (TAB)

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Sing-a-long Video for ‘Doctor Foster’

Check out this awesome video for ‘Doctor Foster’ from Mother Goose Club on YouTube. Watch it or sing with your kids!

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Fum, Fum, Fum (Christmas Song) | Piano Sheet Music & Guitar Chords

Fum, Fum, Fum was originally a Catalan/Catalonian Christmas Carol written sometime between 1501-1700. The rhythm is based on a courtly dance called the Sardana which came from the Provence and Catalonia area.

The literal translation of the word “fum” means “smoke” which could refer to the rising smoke from chimneys. However, the word has a range of other meanings and uses. It is also sometimes used to mean “to play the fiddle”. Some say the title could just be an onomatopoeic imitation of the strum of a guitar, the sound of a drum, or the noise of a rocking cradle.

The song was converted (though not translated word for word) into the English language in 1953 by Robert Shaw and Alice Parker. This became the popular version of the song in most English-speaking countries, especially in the US.

Lyrics for ‘Fum, Fum, Fum’

On December five and twenty,
Fum, fum, fum.
On December five and twenty,
Fum, fum, fum.
For a Blessed Babe was born
Upon this day at break of morn.
In a manger poor and lowly
Lay the Son of God most holy,
Fum, fum, fum.
Holidays the good Lord gave us,
Fum, fum, fum!
Holidays the good Lord gave us,
Fum, fum, fum!
Summer feasting suits us best,
Yet, withal His name be blest.
He who doth our needs remember,
Sent us Christmas in December,
Fum, fum, fum!

Little birds out in the wood,
Sing fum, fum, fum!
Little birds out in the wood,
Sing fum, fum, fum!
All your fledglings on the bough,
O leave them now, O leave them now.
Make a soft and downy nest
So the newborn babe may rest
Sing fum, fum, fum!

Little stars up in the sky,
Sing fum, fum, fum!
Little stars up in the sky,
Sing fum, fum, fum!
See the little Jesus crying,
Don’t you cry, O don’t you cry,
Fill the night with twinkling light.
Oh wondrous stars that shine so bright,
Sing fum, fum, fum!

[Catalan Version]

A vint-i-cinc de desembre
fum, fum, fum (bis)
Ha nascut un minyonet
ros i blanquet, ros i blanquet;
Fill de la Verge Maria,
n’és nat en una establia.
Fum, fum, fum.
Allí dalt de la muntanya
fum, fum, fum (bis)
Si n’hi ha dos pastorets
abrigadets, abrigadets;
amb la pell i la samarra,
menjant ous i botifarra.
Fum, fum, fum.
Qui dirà més gran mentida?
Fum, fum, fum (bis)
Ja en respon el majoral
el gran tabal, el gran tabal;
jo en faré deu mil camades
amb un salt totes plegades.
Fum, fum, fum.
A vint-i-cinc de desembre
fum, fum, fum (bis)
n’és el dia de Nadal,
molt principal, molt principal,
quan n’eixirem de matines,
farem bones escudines.
Fum, fum, fum.
Déu vos do unes santes festes
fum, fum, fum (bis)
amb temps de fred i calor,
i molt millor, i molt millor
fent-ne de Jesús memòria
perquè ens vulgui dalt la glòria.
Fum, fum, fum.

Print Easy Piano Sheet Music

Here’s an awesome arrangement of ‘Fum, Fum, Fum’ for easy 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.

Fum, Fum, Fum for Easy Piano Solo

Guitar Chords for ‘Fum, Fum, Fum’

MakingMusicFun.com has guitar chords for ‘Fum, Fum, Fum’. The site features many tools to make learning and playing the guitar fun, and the sheet music pieces are professionally arranged by the MMF staff to make teaching and learning easier and more enjoyable.

Fum, Fum, Fum Guitar Chords

Sing-a-long Video for ‘Fum, Fum, Fum’

Check out this amazing video for ‘Fum, Fum, Fum’ from A Cappella Trudbol on YouTube. Watch it or sing with your kids!

Yellow Bird | Piano Sheet Music, Lyrics & Guitar Chords

Yellow Bird began as a Choucoune –  a 19th century Haitian song . The original song was composed by Michel Mauléart Monton with the lyrics written by Oswald Durand from a poem.  The popular calypso style arrangement that we know today was created for the Norman Luboff Choir. The lyrics for this new setting were written by Academy Award winning song writers, Alan and Marilyn Bergman. Norman Luboff’s ‘Yellow Bird’ was recorded on Calypso Holiday in 1957.

Print Easy Piano Sheet Music

Yellow Bird for Easy/Level 4 Piano Solo

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Lyrics for Yellow Bird

Yellow bird,
Up high in banana tree,
Yellow bird,
You sit all alone like me

Did your lady frien’,
Leave de nest again?
Dat is very sad,
Make me feel so bad,
You can fly away,
In the sky away,
You’re more lucky dan me.

More lyrics on Kididdles.com

 

Guitar Chords for Yellow Bird

You can get the guitar chords for Yellow Bird as recorded by the Kingston Trio on Ultimate-Guitar.com. The chords are in D Major, but you can transpose them to any key that works best for your, and they’re an auto-scroll feature so you can easily read the lyric and guitar chords from your phone.

Yellow Bird Guitar Chords

Video for Yellow Bird

Check out this video for Yellow Bird as recorded by the Kingston Trio on YouTube.com.

 

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Scotland the Brave | Free Piano Sheet Music, Lyrics and Video

Scotland the Brave is a Scottish patriotic song and the unofficial national anthem of Scotland. It is also perhaps the most performed tune at Scottish festivals.

Print Free Sheet Music

This free printable sheet music for easy piano solo captures the bagpipe sound with the drone sound in the left hand.  Super fun to play and easy to learn.

Scotland the Brave | Free Easy Piano Solo

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Lyrics for ‘Scotland the Brave’

Hark when the night is falling
Hear! Hear the pipes are calling,
Loudly and proudly calling,
Down thro’ the glen.
There where the hills are sleeping,
Now feel the blood a-leaping,
High as the spirits of the old Highland men.

More lyrics on Hymns.me.uk

 

Video for ‘Scotland the Brave’

Check out this video of Black Watch paraded down The Royal Mile from Edinburgh Castle to The Scottish Parliament.

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Wee Falorie Man | Free Piano Sheet Music, Lyrics and Video

Wee Falorie Man is an Irish kids song.

Print Free Piano Sheet Music

This arrangement of Wee Falorie Man provides young piano students with a great opportunity to learn to play in 6/8 meter. There’s a listen button on the site that can help students get the hang of things.

Wee Falorie Man | Free Easy Piano Sheet Music

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Lyrics for ‘Wee Falorie Man’

I am the wee falorie man
A rattling, roving Irishman,
I can do all that ever you can
For I am the wee falorie man.

I have a sister Mary Ann
She washes her face in the frying pan,
And out she goes to hunt for a man
I have a sister Mary Ann.

I am a good old working man,
Each day I carry a wee tin can
A large penny bap and a clipe of ham
I am a good old working man.

 

Video for ‘Wee Falorie Man’

Check out this video of an elementary school music class performing Wee Falorie Man.

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Multicultural Songs Kids Love to Sing | Lyrics

Here is a collection of the the best action songs on the web from the best and biggest websites for children’s song lyrics, including Kididdles.com, MakingMusicFun.net,  BusSongs.com and MamaLisa.com.

Click Links for Multicultural Song Lyrics

Africa
Zulu Cradle-Song South Africa

Asia
Spring Has Come Japan
Zum Gali Gali Israel
Hakone Mountains Japan
Sakura, Sakura Japan

Europe
All Things Bright and Beautiful England
The Birch Tree Russian
Brother James Belgium
Eat Your Bread Mary France
Farmer Brown’s Cow Belguim
Feeding the Flock Germany
Frère Jacques France
Hey, Ho! Nobody Home England
If You’re Happy and You Know It Norway
In a Cabin in the Woods Belgium
In a Little Station Belguim
Itsy Bitsy Spider Denmark
One, Two, Three, Four, Paper Hat Belguim
The Little Sandman with the Umbrella Denmark
My Hat Has Three Corners Germany
Row, Row to the Fishing Spot Norway
Slumber Boat  Germany
Senor Don Gato Spain

Great Britain
The Three Ravens England
The Turkey Hungary
Volga Boatman Russia
Aiken Drum Scotland
All Through the Night Wales
The Campbells Are ComingScotland
Cockles and Mussels Ireland
Come Follow Me England
Coulter’s Candy Scotland
Diddle, Diddle, Dumpling England
Dream Fairy Wales
The Farmyard England
The Frog and the Mouse England
The Galway Piper Ireland
Good Night England
Irish Lullaby Ireland
Ladybird/Leddy Landers Scotland
Lavender Blue England
Loch Lomond Scotland
Michael Finnegan Ireland
The Muffin Man England
Oh, Dear! What Can the Matter Be? England
Pop Goes the Weasel England
The Rattlin’ Bog Ireland
Scarborough Fair England
Sing a Song of Sixpence England
Strawberry Fair England
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star England
Wee Falorie Man Ireland
Wee Willie Winkie Scotland

North America
All the Pretty Little Horses USA
Alouette Canada
Bile Dat Cabbage Down USA
Cindy, Cindy Appalachian Folksong (USA)
Cotton-Eyed Joe Southern United States
Crawdad Song Southern United States
Cripple Creek Southern Appalachian (USA)
Going Over the Sea Canada
Goodbye, Old Paint USA
Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes USA
I Am a Fine Musician USA
I Stuck My Head in a Li’l Skunk Hole  USA
Mary Had a Little Lamb USA
Old Dan Tucker USA
O, The Train’s Off the Track Virginia Folksong (USA)
Over the River and Through the Woods USA
The Riddle Song Appalachian Folksong (USA)
She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain USA
Shortnin’ Bread USA
Simple Gifts Appalachian Folksong (USA)
Sourwood Mountian Appalachian Folksong (USA)
Sweet Betsy From Pike USA
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot USA
Take Me Out to the Ball Game USA
Turkey in the Straw USA

South America
Shake the Papaya Down South America

Australia
Kookaburra Australia

 

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Lavender’s Blue | Free Piano Sheet Music, Lyrics, and Video

Lavender’s Blue, is an English folk song from the 17th century. It was featured in the Walt Disney’s feature film “So Dear to My Heart,” performed by Burl Ives.”

Print Free Piano Sheet Music

Get the free printable sheet music for Lavender’s Blue for Easy\Level 2 Piano Solo at MakingMusicFun.net.

Lavender’s Blue | Free Easy Piano Solo

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Lyrics for ‘Lavender’s Blue’

Lavender’s blue, dilly dilly, lavender’s green,
When I am king, dilly, dilly, you shall be queen.
Who told you so, dilly, dilly, who told you so?
‘Twas my own heart, dilly, dilly, that told me so.

Call up your men, dilly, dilly, set them to work,
Some with a rake, dilly, dilly, some with a fork.
Some to make hay, dilly, dilly, some to thresh corn,
While you and I, dilly, dilly, keep ourselves warm.

Lavender’s green, dilly, dilly, Lavender’s blue,
If you love me, dilly, dilly, I will love you.
Let the birds sing, dilly, dilly, And the lambs play,
We shall be safe, dilly, dilly, Out of harm’s way.

More lyrics…

 

Video for ‘Lavender’s Blue’

Lavender Blue performed by Burl Ives. Not much to look at but a wonderful recording.

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