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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Jack Be Nimble| Free Beginner Guitar Sheet Music, Lyrics, Guitar Chords, Video

Jack Be Nimble is a famous English kids’ song which is often used as a skipping rhyme. This traditional nursery song has been popular since 1815 when it was published in an old manuscript. It was one of the kids’ songs to complete James Orchard Halliwell’s English Nursery Rhymes and Fairy Tales collection which was published in the mid-nineteenth century.

Jack Be Nimble has always been an interesting nursery song, not only for kids but also for adults because of its historical origin. The song is believed to be inspired by an English pirate named Black Jack Smatt. Black Jack lived in Jamaica and was a very quick and smart pirate. He was one of the most popular pirates in the Caribbean because of his ability to always escape from authorities. Apparently, the Jack in the song portrays Black Jack, the pirate who was always “nimble.”

Another way to interpret the meaning of the song is in terms of the English tradition associated with it called ‘candle leaping’. Candle leaping was a traditional sport in England which was done by jumping over a candlestick. The player should jump over the candlestick without extinguishing or smothering the flame. It was said to bring good luck and success to the player’s life. In the song, there’s a line that says, “Jack be nimble, Jack be quick, Jack jump over the candlestick.” This line suggests that one has to be nimble like Jack to achieve good luck and success in life.

While the story of Black Jack and the candle leaping tradition are convincing origins of “Jack Be Nimble,” some people associate it to Yellow Fever, an acute viral hemorrhagic disease also known as Yellow Jack. During the time where this disease was common, its treatment was mostly based on superstition and presumptions. To get rid of the fever, which is one of the symptoms of the disease; one should light a fire in the room of the ill person. The lit candle placed close to the person’s bed was believed to draw the infection out. People believe that “Jack” came from the name “Yellow Jack” and the song was the Yellow Fever itself. It suggests that the fever should jump over the candle or the fire to make the ill person feel better and to completely ward off the disease.

Jack Be Nimble is rich in cultural and historical origins so it is more than just a kids’ song for English people.

Lyrics for ‘Jack Be Nimble’

Jack be nimble, Jack be quick
Jack jump over the candlestick
Jack be nimble, Jack be spry
Jack jump over the apple pie
Jack be nimble, Jack jump high!
Jack fly up into the sky

Skipping skipping like a kite
Bouncing bouncing with delight
Every leap is leaping right

Jack is happy, Jack is spry
Jack be nimble, Jack jump high!
Jack fly up into the sky

Skipping skipping like a kite
Jack jump over the apple pie
Jack be nimble, Jack be quick
Jump jump Jack jump!
Jack is happy, Jack is spry
Every leap is leaping right
Jack be nimble, Jack be quick
Jump!

Jack be nimble, Jack be light
Way way up into the sky
Tumbles up and touches down
Landing like a butterfly
Jack be nimble, Jack jump high!

Jack fly up into the sky
Jump jump Jack jump!

Jack be nimble, Jack be quick
Jack jump over the candlestick
Jack be nimble, Jack be spry
Jack jump over the apple pie
Jack be nimble, Jack jump high!
Jack fly up into the sky

Jack be nimble, Jack be quick
Jack be nimble, Jack be quick
Jack be nimble, Jack be quick
Jack be nimble, Jack be quick (3x)

Print Free Beginner Guitar Sheet Music (TABs)

Here’s a free arrangement of ‘Jack Be Nimble’ 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.

Jack Be Nimble for Beginner Guitar (TAB)

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Sing-a-long Video for ‘Jack Be Nimble’

Check out this wonderful video for ‘Jack Be Nimble’ from Mother Goose Club on YouTube. Watch it or sing with your kids!

Doctor Foster | Free Easy Piano Sheet Music (Mother Goose)

The nursery rhyme Doctor Foster is part if the Mother Goose collection of children’s songs and has been around since the late 19th century. In 1920, Boyd Smith suggested that the origin of the rhyme may be from the story of King Edward I’s travel to the Gloucester which is the county town in the South West of England. However, a variant of the rhyme in Gamer Gurton’s Garland published in 1810 makes the connection unlikely.

Other explanations point to an incident in Christopher Marlowe’s play Doctor Faustus where the title character ends up being called as Doctor Fauster after he conjured a straw into a horse which changed back to the straw in the middle of crossing the river, causing the rider to get soaked.

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 Piano Sheet Music

Here’s an awesome arrangement of ‘Doctor Foster’ 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.

Doctor Foster for Easy Piano Solo

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Print Free Beginner Guitar Sheet Music (TABs)

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 fun video for ‘Doctor Foster’ from Little Baby Bum on YouTube. Watch it or sing with your kids!

The Grand Old Duke of York | Piano Sheet Music, Lyrics, and Video

The Mother Goose children’s nursery rhyme The Grand Old Duke of York is also known as The Noble Duke of York. It is often used as an action song with different variations. The most common actions include having participants do a snappy salute with every mention of the Duke of York, standing up from being seated when the verse mentions “they were up”, sitting down when it says “they were down”, half-crouching on “they were only half-way up”, and flashing ten fingers when it says “ten thousand men”.

As is the case with most nursery rhymes that have been around for a long time, it’s hard to ascertain the origin of these songs since it is passed on only through oral tradition for decades or centuries before somebody is able to put into print. There have been many debates about exactly which Duke of York the song is referring to, but many believe the song to be about Prince Frederick (1763–1827), who was the second son of King George III and who was given the title Duke of York and Albany. During the French Revolutionary Wars and the Napoleonic Wars, he served as the Commander-in-Chief in the British Army. He was placed in charge of the Flanders Campaign, a military expedition during 1793–1794 which ended in a crushing defeat at the Battle of Tourcoing.

Lyrics for ‘The Grand Old Duke of York’

(Popular Modern Version)

Oh, The grand old Duke of York,
He had ten thousand men;
He marched them up to the top of the hill,
And he marched them down again.

And when they were up, they were up,
And when they were down, they were down,
And when they were only half-way up,
They were neither up nor down[1]

(Optional Verse)

Oh, a-hunting we will go,
A-hunting we will go,
We’ll catch a fox, and put him in a box,
And then we’ll let him go.

Print Easy Piano Sheet Music

Here’s an awesome arrangement of ‘The Grand Old Duke of York’ 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.

The Grand Old Duke of York for Easy Piano Solo

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Guitar Chords for ‘The Grand Old Duke of York’

Ultimate-Guitar.com has guitar chords for ‘The Grand Old Duke of York’ This site features many tools to make learning and playing the guitar fun, including an auto-scroll tool for hands-free guitar chords/lyrics advancing and a transpose tool in case the music isn’t in the right key for your voice.

The Grand Old Duke of York Guitar Chords

Sing-a-long Video for ‘The Grand Old Duke of York’

Check out this awesome video for ‘The Grand Old Duke of York’ from Kids Baby Club on YouTube. Watch it or sing with your kids!

 

 

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Little Bo Peep | Beginner Piano Sheet Music, Lyrics, Guitar Chords

Little Bo Peep is a popular  English nursery rhyme that is included in the Roud Folk Song Index, which is a compilation of songs from oral tradition from all over the world. There have been many variations to the lyrics of the song, being a product of oral tradition.

The melody that usually accompanies the rhyme was first recorded by the composer James William Elliott in 1870 and was part of his work National Nursery Rhymes and Nursery Songs.

Lyrics for ‘Little Bo Peep’

Little Bo-Peep has lost her sheep,
And doesn’t know where to find them;
Leave them alone,
And they’ll all come home,
Wagging their tails behind them.

Little Bo Peep she searched for her sheep
But didn’t quite know how to find them;
She looked everywhere
From here and to there
But still couldn’t think where to find them.

Little Bo Peep began to weep And lay down to rest for a while;
She fell fast asleep
While counting her sheep
Then dreamt they came home with a smile.

Little Bo Peep had fallen asleep
And dreamt that she was all alone;
But when she awoke
And pulled back her cloak
She saw that her sheep had come home.

Little Bo Peep had lost her sheep
And didn’t know where to find them;
She left them alone
And they came home
Wagging their tails behind them.

Print Beginner Piano Sheet Music

Here’s an awesome arrangement of ‘Little Bo Peep’ 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.

Little Bo Peep for Beginner Piano Solo

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Guitar Chords for Little Bo Peep

Ultimate-Guitar.com has guitar chords for ‘Little Bo Peep‘. This site features many tools to make learning and playing the guitar fun, including an auto-scroll tool for hands-free guitar chords/lyrics advancing, and a transpose tool in case the music isn’t in the right key for your voice

Little Bo Peep Guitar Chords

Sing-a-long Video for ‘Little Bo Peep’

Check out this fun video for ‘Little Bo Peep’ from Little Baby Bum on YouTube. Watch it or sing with your kids!

Humpty Dumpty | Lyrics, Free Piano & Guitar Sheet Music and Video

Humpty Dumpty is a character from an English nursery rhyme.  It it likely that it was  originally a popular riddle. The character is typically portrayed as an egg, though the text bears no reference to that. The first versions of this nursery rhyme date from the late eighteenth-century and the melody from 1870. Humpty Dumpty is referred to in many books and throughout popular culture, most notably Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass (1872).

Print Piano Sheet Music

Humpty Dumpty – Free Piano Sheet Music for Beginners

This arrangement of Humpty Dumpty is ideal for the first year piano student.

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Print Guitar Sheet Music

Humpty Dumpty – Free Guitar Sheet Music for Beginners

This arrangement of Humpty Dumpty is ideal for the first year beginner. It includes standard notation and tab notation and is available to print in PDF format.

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Best Known Version of ‘Humpty Dumpty’

The most well-known text from Humpty Dumpty was published in 1954.

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again.

Earliest Known Version of ‘Humpty Dumpty’

The earliest version that we have is from Samuel Arnold’s Juvenile Amusements (1797).

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
Four-score Men and Four-score more,
Could not make Humpty Dumpty where he was before.

Video for ‘Humpty Dumpty’

Watch video for Humpty Dumpty | Kids Songs | Super Simple Songs on YouTube.com.

 

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A Sailor Went to Sea | Lyrics and Video

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Lyrics for ‘A Sailor Went to Sea’

A Sailor went to sea, sea, sea
To see what he could see, see, see
But all that he could see, see, see
Was the bottom of the deep blue sea, sea, sea

More lyrics at MakungMusicFun.net

Sing-Along Video for ‘A Sailor Went to Sea’

You can learn the rhyme and a song version of it on YouTube.

A Sailor Went to Sea | Sing-Along made by Merry Music Box

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