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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Down By the Station | Piano Sheet Music, Lyrics, Guitar Chords, Video

Down By the Station (sometimes referred to as Down at the Station) is a popular children’s music standard. It is said to have been written in 1948 by Lee Ricks and Slim Gaillard.  However, there are those who say that the song may have already existed prior to that since it was found in a 1931 copy of Recreation magazine.

The most well-known version of the song was the one performed by American jazz musician Tommy Dorsey, who was considered the bandleader of the big band era and known for being the “Sentimental Gentleman of Swing”. The chorus of Down By The Station seems to be very similar to another popular French-Canadian folk song called Alouette.

It is possible that the song may have been the inspiration behind Edward’s Day Out, which was one of the stories in Reverend Wilbert Awdry’s book The Three Railway Engines. This book started what became the Railway Series. The characters and stories from this set of 42 books became the basis of the widely popular children’s television series Thomas & Friends.

Lyrics for ‘Down By the Station’

Down by the station,
Early in the morning,
See the little puffer bellies,
All in a row.

See the engine driver,
Pull the little handle,
Chug, chug, woo, woo,
Off we go!

(Alternate Lyrics for ‘Down by the Station’)

Down by the station
Early in the morning
See the little pufferbellies
All in a row

See the station master
Turn the little handle
Chug chug puff puff
Off they go

Down by the station
Early in the morning
See the shiny train cars
All in a row

Waitin’ to get hitched up
And go on their adventure
Chug chug puff puff
Off they go

Down by the station
Early in the morning
See my favorite engine
Ready to tow

All the other train cars
Will follow on behind him
Chug chug puff puff
Off they go

Down by the station
Early in the morning
Climb on aboard
And hear the whistle blow

Mr. Conductor
Please take my ticket
Chug chug puff puff
Off they go

Down by the station
Early in the morning
See the little pufferbellies
All in a row

See the station master
Turn the little handle
Chug chug puff puff
Off they go

See the station master
Turn the little handle
Chug chug puff puff
Off they go
Chug chug puff puff
Off they go

Print Easy Piano Sheet Music

Here’s an awesome arrangement of ‘Down By the Station’ 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.

Down By the Station for Easy Piano Solo

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Guitar Chords for ‘Down By the Station’

Ultimate-Guitar.com has guitar chords for ‘Down By the Station’ 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.

Down By the Station Guitar Chords

Sing-a-long Video for ‘Down By the Station’

Check out this wonderful video for ‘Down By the Station’ from The Kiboomers – Kids Music Channel on YouTube. Watch it or sing with your kids!

Polly Wolly Doodle | Piano Sheet Music, Lyrics, Guitar Chords, Video

The first ever performance of Polly Wolly Doodle was by Daniel Emmett’s Virginia Minstrels in the early 1840s at New York’s Bowery Amphitheatre. It has since become a popular children’s song and nursery rhyme. Its first publication was in 1880 as part of a Harvard student songbook.

Several versions and covers have been made of the song. Some of the more notables ones are those by Shirley Temple in the film The Littlest Rebel (1935), Julie Andrews in the opening sequence for S.O.B (1981), Alvin and the Chipmunks as part of their album The Chipmunk Songbook (1962), and Bing Crosby in a medley in his album 101 Gang Songs (1961).

Lyrics for ‘Polly Wolly Doodle’

Oh, I went down South for to see my Sal,
Singing Polly Wolly Doodle all the day.
My Sal, she is a spunky gal,
Sing Polly Wolly Doodle all the day.

Fare thee well, fare thee well,
Fare thee well my fairy Fay.
For I’m off to Lou’siana for to see my Susyanna,
Sing Polly Wolly Doodle all the day.

Oh, my Sal, she is a maiden fair,
Sing Polly wolly doodle all the day.
With curly eyes and laughing hair,
Sing Polly Wolly Doodle all the day.

Fare thee well, fare thee well,
fare thee well my fairy Fay.
for I’m off to Lou’siana for to see my Susyanna,
Sing Polly Wolly Doodle all the day.

Oh I like watermelon and I have for years,
Sing Polly wolly doodle all the day.
I eat watermelon because it gets upon my ears,
Sing Polly Wolly Doodle all the day.

Fare thee well, fare thee well,
Fare thee well my fairy Fay.
For I’m off to Lou’siana for to see my Susyanna,
Sing Polly Wolly Doodle all the day.

Oh, a grasshopper sittin’ on a railroad track,
Sing Polly Wolly Doodle all the day.
A pickin’ his teeth with a carpet tack,
Sing Polly Wolly Doodle all the day.

Fare thee well, fare thee well,
Fare thee well my fairy Fay.
I’m going to Lou’siana for to see my Susyanna,
Sing Polly Wolly Doodle all the day.

Behind the barn, down on my knees,
Sing Polly Wolly Doodle all the day.
I thought I heard a chicken sneeze,
Sing Polly Wolly Doodle all the day.

Oh he sneezed so hard with the whooping cough,
Sing Polly wolly doodle all the day.
He sneezed his head and his tail right off,
Sing Polly Wolly Doodle all the day.

Fare thee well, fare thee well,
Fare thee well my fairy Fay.
For I’m off to Lou’siana for to see my Susyanna,
Sing Polly Wolly Doodle,
Sing Polly Wolly Doodle,
Sing Polly Wolly Doodle all the day.

Print Beginner Piano Sheet Music

Here’s an awesome arrangement of ‘Polly Wolly Doodle’ 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.

Polly Wolly Doodle for Beginner Piano Solo

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Guitar Chords for ‘Polly Wolly Doodle’

Ultimate-Guitar.com has guitar chords for ‘Polly Wolly Doodle’ 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.

Polly Wolly Doodle Guitar Chords

Sing-a-long Video for ‘Polly Wolly Doodle’

Check out this awesome video for ‘Polly Wolly Doodle’ from Muffin Songs 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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Three Blind Mice | Piano Sheet Music, Lyrics, Guitar Chords, and Video

The popular English nursery rhyme Three Blind Mice is also classified as a musical round or a perpetual/infinite canon. This is a type of musical composition which involves at least 3 voices starting at different times so that the voices coincide at different parts of the melody yet still fit harmoniously and then singing the unison with the exact same melody.
The lyrics and accompanying music for Three Blind Mice were first published in 1609 as part of Deuteromelia or The Seconde part of Musicks melodie. The English musician, editor, and composer Thomas Ravenscroft is credited as the editor of the book and possibly the one to also write the rhyme. More recent pop culture references of this classic nursery rhyme can be found in The Three Stooges, The Silly Symphony, the OST for the James Bond movie Dr. No, as well as Agatha Christie’s collection of short stories also entitled Three Blind Mice.

Lyrics for ‘Three Blind Mice’

Three blind mice,
Three blind mice
See how they run,
See how they run!

They all ran after
The farmer’s wife.
She cut off their tails
With a carving knife.
Did you ever see
Such a sight in your life
As three blind mice?

Print Beginner Piano Sheet Music

Here’s an awesome arrangement of ‘Three Blind Mice’ 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.

Three Blind Mice for Beginner Piano Solo

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Guitar Chords for ‘Three Blind Mice’

Ultimate-Guitar.com has guitar chords for ‘Three Blind Mice’ 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.

Three Blind Mice Guitar Chords

Sing-a-long Video for ‘Three Blind Mice’

Check out this fun video for ‘Three Blind Mice’ from Little Treehouse Nursery Rhymes and Kids Songs on YouTube. Watch it or sing with your kids!

Sing a Song of Sixpence | Free Piano Sheet Music, Lyrics, and Video

The origin of Sing a Song of Sixpence is hard to pinpoint, but some slight references have been found in the famous plays Twelfth Night by Shakespeare (c. 1602) as well as Bonduca by Beaumont and Fletcher (1614). The rhyme used to be largely attributed to George Steevens, when he used the verse during 1790 as a pun in response to the ode that Poet Laureate Henry James Pye produced for the king’s birthday.

However, the fact that a copy of the first verse was already in print in 1744 as part of Tommy Thumb’s Pretty Song Book disproves the earlier theory. This version only had one verse and used the line “Four and twenty Naughty Boys.” The next printed version in existence is dated around 1780 and had two verses. In this one, the word “boys” has been replaced by “birds.”

Lyrics for ‘Sing a Song of Sixpence’

Sing a song of sixpence
A pocket full of rye,
Four and twenty blackbirds
Baked in a pie.
When the pie was opened
The birds began to sing,
Oh wasn’t that a dainty dish
To set before the king?

The king was in his counting house
Counting out his money,
The queen was in the parlour
Eating bread and honey.

The maid was in the garden
Hanging out the clothes,
When down came a blackbird
And pecked off her nose!

Print Easy Piano Sheet Music

Here’s an awesome arrangement of ‘Sing a Song of Sixpence’ 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.

Sing a Song of Sixpence for Easy Piano Solo

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Guitar Chords for ‘Sing a Song of Sixpence’

Ultimate-Guitar.com has guitar chords for ‘Sing a Song of Sixpence’. 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.

Sing a Song of Sixpence Guitar Chords

Sing-a-long Video for ‘Sing a Song of Sixpence’

Check out this choose one awesome video for ‘Sing a Song of Sixpence’ from Little Baby Bum on YouTube. Watch it or sing with your kids!