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"Hop Old Squirrel" Lyrics, Text Format

Each format includes questions about the musical elements of this tune, promoting student observation and greater retention.



  • Grade: Kindergarten
  • Origin: England – Folk Song
  • Key: F Major
  • Time: 2/4
  • Form: AABA
  • Rhythm: beginners: | ta ta | ti ti ti ti | ta (ta) |
  • Pitches: beginners: Do Re Mi
  • Intervals: beginners: Do/Mi
  • Musical Elements: notes: quarter, eight;: rest: quarter; discovering form in music
  • Key Words: world geography: England; pastries, penny, one, two, fresh, sweet, sons, daughters, baking, cooking
  • Recorder: beginners: A-G-F, three note exercise
  • Keyboard: beginners: excellent three finger exercise for left and right hand. Pitch Number format may be used for right hand fingering.

Partner song: “Bow, Wow, Wow!”

“Hot Cross Buns” 

Hot cross buns,
Hot cross buns,
One a penny,
Two a penny,
Hot cross buns.
2. Fresh, sweet buns,
Fresh, sweet buns,
One a penny,
Two a penny,
Fresh, sweet buns.
3. Hot, sweet buns,
Hot, sweet buns,
All your daughters,
All your sons,
All love buns
Additional Formats (click to enlarge)
"Hot Cross Buns" Music Format
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pitch numbers
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letter names
Click to Enlarge: "Hot Cross Buns" Letter Names Format