Short’nin’ Bread | Lyrics, Easy Piano Sheet Music and Video

Short’nin’ Bread is a song written by James Whitcomb Riley in 1900.  Shortening bread is a fried batter bread that is made from corn meal, flour, eggs, hot water, eggs, baking powder, milk and shortening.

The following resources are a wonderful collection with which to introduce your kids to turn of the 20th century American songs.

Print Piano Sheet Music

This arrangement of mid-west American song, Short’nin’ Bread, is perfect for the first or second year piano student.

Short’nin’ Bread | Easy Piano Sheet Music

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Lyrics for ‘Short’nin’ Bread’

Put on the skillet,
Slip on the lid,
Mama’s gonna make
A little short’nin’ bread.
That ain’t all
She’s gonna do,
Mama’s gonna make
A little coffee, too.

Mama’s little baby loves
Short’nin’, short’nin’,
Mama’s little baby loves
Short’nin’ bread,
Mama’s little baby loves
Short’nin’, short’nin’,
Mama’s little baby loves
Short’nin’ bread.

Three little children,
Lyin’ in bed
Two were sick
And the other ‘most dead
Sent for the doctor
And the doctor said,
“Give those children some
Short’nin’ bread.”

Mama’s little baby loves
Short’nin’, short’nin’,
Mama’s little baby loves
Short’nin’ bread,
Mama’s little baby loves
Short’nin’, short’nin’,
Mama’s little baby loves
Short’nin’ bread.

Mama’s little baby loves
Short’nin’, short’nin’,
Mama’s little baby loves
Short’nin’ bread,
Mama’s little baby loves
Short’nin’, short’nin’,
Mama’s little baby loves
Short’nin’ bread.

When those children,
Sick in bed,
Heard that talk
About short’nin’ bread,
Popped up well
To dance and sing,
Skipped around and cut
The pigeon wing.

Mama’s little baby loves
Short’nin’, short’nin’,
Mama’s little baby loves
Short’nin’ bread,
Mama’s little baby loves
Short’nin’, short’nin’,
Mama’s little baby loves
Short’nin’ bread.

Slip to the kitchen,
Slip up the led,
Filled my pockets full of
Short’nin’ bread;
Stole the skillet,
Stole the led,
Stole the gal makin’
Short’nin’ bread.

Mama’s little baby loves
Short’nin’, short’nin’,
Mama’s little baby loves
Short’nin’ bread,
Mama’s little baby loves
Short’nin’, short’nin’,
Mama’s little baby loves
Short’nin’ bread.

Caught me with the skillet,
Caught me with the led,
Caught me with the gal makin’
Short’nin’ bread;
Paid six dollars for the skillet,
Six dollars for the led,
Spent six months in jail eatin’
Short’nin’ bread.

Mama’s little baby loves
Short’nin’, short’nin’,
Mama’s little baby loves
Short’nin’ bread,
Mama’s little baby loves
Short’nin’, short’nin’,
Mama’s little baby loves
Short’nin’ bread.

Video for ‘Short’nin’ Bread’

Watch this classic sing-along for Short’nin’ Bread on YouTube.com.

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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.

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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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Au Clair de la Lune | Free Piano Sheet Music, Lyrics and Chords

Au clair de la lune (By the Light of the Moon) is a French folk song from the eighteenth century. The composer is unknown. The simple melody is well written and traditionally taught to beginning instrumental music students.

 

Print Free Beginner Piano Sheet Music

This arrangement of Au clair de la lune is ideal for the beginning piano student with no prior experience. There’s a listen button on the site so you’ll have an idea what it should sound like when you practice.

Au Clair de la Lune | Free Beginner Piano Sheet Music

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French Lyrics for ‘Au Clair de la Lune’

Au clair de la lune,
Mon ami Pierrot,
Prête-moi ta plume
Pour écrire un mot.
Ma chandelle est morte,
Je n’ai plus de feu.
Ouvre-moi ta porte
Pour l’amour de Dieu.

English Lyrics for ‘Au Clair de la Lune’

By the light of the moon,
My friend Pierrot,
Lend me your quill
To write a word.
My candle is dead,
I have no light left.
Open your door for me
For the love of God.

 

Guitar Chords for ‘Au Clair de la Lune’

Check out the guitar chords for Au clair de la lune 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.

Au Clair de la lune Guitar Chords on Ultimate-Guitar.com

 

Video for ‘Au Clair de la Lune’

Watch sing-along video forAu clair de la lune in French on YouTube.com.

 

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All the Pretty Little Horses | Piano Sheet Music, Guitar Chords & Lyrics

All the Pretty Little Horses is a lullaby from the United States that has inspired dozens of recordings and the title of Cormac McCarthy’s book All the Pretty Horses (1992). The most popular versions of this songs are written from the perspective of the mother singing her child to sleep, promising that when they wake they shall have all the pretty little horses.

 

Print Beginner Piano Sheet Music

This arrangement of All the Pretty Little Horses is ideal for the first year piano student. There’s a listen button on the site so you’ll have an idea what it should sound like when you practice.

All the Pretty Little Horses | Free Beginner Piano Sheet Music

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Guitar Chords for ‘All the Pretty Little Horses’

Check out the guitar chords for All the Pretty Little Horses on Ultimate-Guitar.com. The chords are in A Minor, 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.

All the Pretty Little Horses Guitar Chords on Ultimate-Guitar.com

 

Lyrics for ‘All the Pretty Little Horses’

Hush-a-bye, don’t you cry

Go to sleepy, little baby
When you wake you shall have
All the pretty little horses.
Way down yonder in the meadow
Lies a poor little lambie
Bees and butterflies, picking out its eyes
Poor little thing’s crying, “Mami.”
Hush-a-bye, don’t you cry
Go to sleepy, little baby.

Video for ‘All the Pretty Little Horses’ (Joan Baez)

Watch video for All the Pretty Little Horses by Joan Baez on YouTube.com.

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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).

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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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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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On Top of Old Smoky | Lyrics, Piano & Guitar Sheet Music and Video

On Top of Old Smoky is a traditional United States folk song that was made popular by  The Weavers. Their recording helped the song reach the pop music charts in 1951. One of the earliest versions of On Top of Old Smoky was penned by English folklorist Cecil Sharp. Old Smoky is a mountain somewhere in the southern Appalachian mountain range.

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On Top of Old Smoky for Easy Piano

This arrangement is ideal for the piano student with 1 or 2 years of experience.

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On Top of Old Smoky for Easy Guitar (TAB)

This easy guitar arrangement includes standard notation and Tab notation.

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Lyrics for ‘On Top of Old Smoky’

On top of old smokey.
On top of old smokey all covered with snow
I lost my true lover for courting too slow
For courting’s a pleasure and parting’s a grief
And a false hearted lover is worse than a thief
For a thief will just rob you and take all you save
But a false hearted lover will lead you to the grave
And the grave will decay you and turn you to dust
Not one girl in a hundred a poor boy can trust
They’ll hug you and kiss you and tell you more lies
Than cross lines on a railroad or stars in the skies
So come all your maidens and listen to me
Never place your affections on a green willow tree
For the leaves they will wither and the roots they will die
You’ll all be forsaken and never know why.

Parody for ‘On Top of Old Smoky’

On top of Old Smokey,
All covered with sand,
I shot my school teacher,
With an old rubber band.

I shot her with pleasure,
I shot her with pride,
For I couldn’t miss her,
She was forty feet wide.

She run out and catched me,
Throwed me ‘cross her knee,
But in the seat of my britches,
I had my old Geography.

She reached for her ruler,
And took a swipe at me,
She missed old Kentucky,
But she hit Tennessee.

Video for ‘On Top of Old Smoky’

Watch a performance of On Top of Old Smoky by Burl Ives on YouTube.com.

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Little Bunny Foo Foo | Lyrics, Free Sheet Music and Guitar Chords

Lyrics for ‘Little Bunny Foo Foo’

Little bunny Foo Foo
Hopping through the forest
Scooping up the field mice
And boppin’ ’em on the head!
Down came the good fairy
And the good fairy said:
“Little bunny Foo Foo, I don’t wanna see you
Scooping up the field mice and boppin’ ’em on the head!
I’m gonna give you three chances,
Then I’m gonna turn you into a goon!”
Little bunny Foo Foo!

Print ‘Little Bunny Foo Foo’ Guitar Lead Sheet

Here is a lead sheet that includes the lyrics and chords for Little Bunny Foo Foo.

Little Bunny Foo Foo Guitar/Piano Lead Sheet

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Little Bunny Foo Foo Guitar Chords

Here are Little Bunny Foo Foo guitar chords in the key of C.

Little Bunny Foo Foo | Guitar Chords (C)

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