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"Little Tommy Tucker" Lyrics, Text Format

Introducing the sharp fifth, Si, and an ascending
diminished fourth (d4), Si/Do.



  • Grade: Kindergarten
  • Origin: England – Nursery Rhyme, circa. 1765
  • Key: C Major
  • Time: 4/4
  • Form: ABCD
  • Rhythm: intermediate: | ta ti ti ta ta | ti ti ti ti ta ta |
    | ta ti ti ta ti ti | ta ta ta (ta) |
  • Pitches: advanced: Do Re Mi Fa So Si La Ti Do Re Mi, raised/sharped fifth, Si, extended range
  • Intervals: advanced: So/Do, Do\Mi, Do/Mi8, Do\La, So\Re/So, So\Mi\Do descending tonic arpeggio, Do/La, Si/Do (d4), La\Fa, Mi/Do, So\Do
  • Musical Elements: notes: quarter, eighth; rest: quarter; uncommon intervals, 2 measure rhythm patterns, vocal slur, sharped dominant (Si), diminished fourth Si/Do (d4)
  • Key Words: world geography: England; bread, butter, cut, knife, married, wife, orphans, begging, poor

The phrase “Little Tommy Tucker” was a colloquial term used to describe orphans. Singing for his supper refers to begging.

“Little Tommy Tucker”

Little Tom Tucker
Sings for his supper.
What shall we give him?
White bread and butter.
How shall he cut it
Without a knife?
How will he be married
Without a wife?

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