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

Doctor Foster is an English nursery rhyme which dates back to nineteenth century England. Its first recorded version was in 1810 on 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 with 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 he visited Gloucester. He fell from his horse down into a puddle, which happened in front of many people. This event greatly embarrassed the king and resulted to him never returning.

Others believe that Doctor Foster is about a play titled Doctor Faustus, an Elizabethan tragedy written by Christian Marlowe. The play is about a protagonist named “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.

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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Senor Don Gato | Lyrics, Video and Piano Sheet Music

Here’s a wacky kids song from Spain. Senor Don Gato is about a cat who finds true love, but gets so excited that he falls off the roof on which he was sitting. Fortunately, his funeral passed by the market square, and the scent of fish was so strong that it brought Senor Don Gato back to life.

Lyrics for Senor Don Gato

Oh Senor Don Gato was a cat.
On a high red roof Don Gato sat.
He went there to read a letter,
Meow, meow, meow,
Where the reading light was better,
Meow, meow, meow,
‘Twas a love note for Don Gato.

I adore you wrote the lady cat,
Who was fluffy, white and nice and fat.
There was not a sweeter kitty,
Meow, meow, meow,
In the country or the city,
Meow, meow, meow,
And she said she’d wed Don Gato.

Oh, Don Gato jumped so happily,
He fell off the roof and broke his knee.
Broke his ribs and all his whiskers,
Meow, meow, meow,
And his little solar plexus,
Meow, meow, meow,
Ay Caramba cried Don Gato.

Then the doctors all came on the run,
Just to see if something could be done.
And they held a consultation,
Meow, meow, meow,
About how to save their patient,
Meow, meow, meow,
How to save Senor Don Gato.

But in spite of everything they tried,
Poor Senor Don Gato up and died.
And it wasn’t very merry,
Meow, meow, meow,
Going to the cemetery,
Meow, meow, meow,
For the ending of Don Gato.

When the funeral passed the market square,
Such a smell of fish was in the air.
Though his burial was slated,
Meow, meow, meow,
He became reanimated,
Meow, meow, meow,
He came back to life, Don Gato.

Piano Sheet Music for ‘Senor Don Gato’

This piano arrangement is perfect for first year beginners. Reading the book with them, and then sharing this piece will make practicing so much fun!

Senor Don Gato | Beginner Piano Sheet Music

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Video for ‘Senor Don Gato’

Check out this Senor Don Gato video from Fred Kluth Designs, LLC.

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Star Spangled Banner | Piano Sheet Music, Lyrics, Chords and Video

The Star-Spangled Banner is the national anthem of the United States. The lyrics were written by lawyer and amateur poet Francis Scott Key. He had just witnessed the bombardment of Fort McHenry by British ships amidst the Battle of Baltimore during the War of 1812. His inspiration came from seeing the large American flag flying above the fort.

Print Sheet Music for ‘Star Spangled Banner’

Star Spangled Banner Sheet Music for Easy Piano

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Lyrics for ‘Star Spangled Banner’

Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

Guitar Chords and Lyrics
Guitar Chords for Star Spangled Banner from UltimateGuitar.com

Key: C Major

Free Coloring Page

American Flag Coloring Page from MakingArtFun.com

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Video for ‘Star Spangled Banner’

This Whitney Houston performance of the Star Spangled Banner is the finest performance I’ve ever seen.

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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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She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain | Lyrics, Free Sheet Music and Video

She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain, sometimes referred to as Coming ‘Round the Mountain, is an American folk song. The song was first printed in Carl Sandburg’s, The American Songbag (1927), though it is believed to have dated from the late 1800s.

 

Print Free Sheet Music for Piano

Here’s a free printable piano arrangement for She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain that’s perfect for first and second year piano students.

She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain for Easy Piano Solo

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Lyrics for ‘She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain’

She’ll be coming round the mountain when she comes,
She’ll be coming round the mountain when she comes,
She’ll be coming round the mountain,
She’ll be coming round the mountain,
She’ll be coming round the mountain when she comes.

She’ll be driving six white horses when she comes,
She’ll be driving six white horses when she comes,
She’ll be driving six white horses,
She’ll be driving six white horses,
She’ll be driving six white horses when she comes.

Oh, we’ll all go out to meet her when she comes,
Oh, we’ll all go out to meet her when she comes,
Oh, we’ll all go out to meet her,
We’ll all go out to meet her,
We’ll all go out to meet her when she comes.

We’ll be havin’ chicken and dumplings when she comes,
We’ll be havin’ chicken and dumplings when she comes,
We’ll be havin’ chicken and dumplings,
We’ll be havin’ chicken and dumplings,
We’ll be havin’ chicken and dumplings when she comes.

 

Video for ‘She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain’

Check out this video if your kids are interested in a sing-along.

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The Old Gray Mare | Lyrics, Free Sheet Music for Piano and Video

The Old Gray Mare is a classic folk song that has more recently been adopted into the standard collection of American children’s songs.  The text refers to a horse, though the lyrics may also be referring to a woman that is well past her prime.

 

Print Free Beginner Piano Sheet Music

This piano arrangement is perfect for the beginning piano student that has already been introduced to a few of the basics. There’s a listen button on the website if you want to hear it first before you start practicing. Click through to check it out.

The Old Gray Mare for Beginner Piano Solo

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Lyrics for The Old Gray Mare

Oh, the old gray mare, she ain’t what she used to be,
Ain’t what she used to be, ain’t what she used to be.
The old gray mare, she ain’t what she used to be,
Many long years ago.

Many long years ago, many long years ago.

The old gray mare, she ain’t what she used to be,
Many long years ago.

The old gray mare, she kicked on the whiffletree,
Kicked on the whiffletree, kicked on the whiffletree
The old gray mare, she kicked on the whiffletree
Many long years ago.

Many long years ago, many long years ago,

The old gray mare, she kicked on the whiffletree
Many long years ago.

Video for The Old Gray Mare

Watch Songs of America – The Old Gray Mare video on YouTube.com.

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Swing Low, Sweet Chariot | Lyrics and Piano Duet Sheet Music

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot a traditional American spiritual. It was written by Wallis Willis around 1862. It has become such a favorite, that it has been included in the list of Songs of the Century.

Print Free Piano Sheet Music

This arrangement of  Swing Low, Sweet Chariot is for easy piano duet. It’s easy to play, and has an awesome Latin Jazz sound. There’s a listen button on the website if you want to hear it first before you start practicing. Click through to check it out.

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot Piano Duet Sheet Music

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Lyrics for ‘Swing Low, Sweet Chariot’

Swing low, sweet chariot,
Coming for to carry me home,
Swing low, sweet chariot,
Coming for to carry me home.

I look’d over Jordan
An’ what did I see,
Coming for to carry me home,
A band of angels comin’ after me,
Coming for to carry me home.

Swing low, sweet chariot,
Coming for to carry me home,
Swing low, sweet chariot,
Coming for to carry me home.

If you get there before I do,
Coming for to carry me home,
Tell all my friends I’m comin’ there too
Coming for to carry me home.

Swing low, sweet chariot,
Coming for to carry me home,
Swing low, sweet chariot,
Coming for to carry me home.

Swing low, sweet chariot,
Coming for to carry me home,
Swing low, sweet chariot,
Coming for to carry me home.

Video for Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

Enjoy this 1909 recording of Swing Low, Sweet Chariot by the Fisk Jubilee Singers on YouTube.com.

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