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"Jack Sprat" Lyrics, Text Format

Advanced syncopation, pitches, and intervals;
introducing the raised fourth, Fi (F#).



  • Grade: Kindergarten
  • Origin: England – Nursery Rhyme
  • Key: C Major
  • Time: 2/4
  • Form: ABCD
  • Rhythm: advanced: | ta ti/ ri | syncopation,
    | ti ti ti/ ri | syncopation, | ti/ ri ti ti | syncopation,
    | ta/ ti | ta/ ti ta/ ti | syncopation, | ta/a | the rhyme helps master the complex rhythms
  • Pitches: advanced: Do Re Mi Fa Fi So La Ti Do – introduces the raised fourth (Fi)
  • Intervals: advanced: Do\So, Do/Mi, So\Do, Do/La, Ti\Mi, Do\La, La\Mi, Mi/Fi, Mi/Do
  • Musical Elements: notes: half, dotted quarter, quarter, dotted eighth, eighth, sixteenth; syncopation, dotted rhythms, divisions of sixteenths, raised fourth – Fi
  • Key Words: world geography: England; fat, lean, between, betwixt (between), platter, licked, wife

The name Jack Sprat dates from the sixteenth century and was often used by people of small stature. The text originates from an English Proverb known in the mid-seventeenth century.

May we suggest “Three Jacks,” as part of your next program?
(Jack and Jill, Jack Be Nimble, Jack Sprat)


“Jack Sprat” 

Jack Sprat could have no fat.
His wife could eat no lean.
And so between them both, you see,*
They licked the platter clean

*Old English 3rd line:
And so, betwixt them both between,

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