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"My Dreidel" Lyrics, Text Format

Intermediate syncopation, a tonic arpeggio,
and repeated melodic rhythm patterns.



  • Grade: Second
  • Origin: Israel – music: Samuel Goldfarb, Mikhi Gelbart
    words: Samuel S. Grossman
  • Key: D Major
  • Time: 4/4
  • Form: rhythm: AAAA – pitches: ABCD
  • Rhythm: intermediate: | ti ti ti ti ti ta ti | syncopation, | ti ti ti ti ta/ ti | syncopation,
    | ti ti ti ti ta (ti) ti | syncopation
  • Pitches: beginners: Do Re Mi Fa So
  • Intervals: intermediate: So\Do, Mi\Do, Do/Mi/So ascending tonic arpeggio, Fa\Re, Re/So, Mi/So\Mi, Re/Fa\Re
  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; rest: eighth; pickup beat, repeated melodic rhythm patterns; note: the measure three is a whole step above measure one, measure seven is a whole step below measure five
  • Key Words: world geography: Israel, Hanukkah, dreidel (four sided spinning top/toy), making a dreidel, lovely, short, thin, drops, always, playful, dance, spin, happy, game, begin; contraction: let’s (let us)
  • Keyboard: intermediate: excellent five finger exercise for right, left, and two hands together

“My Dreidel”

I have a little dreidel,
I made it out of clay,
And when it’s dry and ready,
Then dreidel I shall play.
Oh, dreidel, dreidel, dreidel,
I made it out of clay.
Oh, dreidel, dreidel, dreidel,
Now dreidel I shall play.
It has a lovely body,
With legs so short and thin.
And when my dreidel’s tired,
It drops and then I win!
3. My dreidel’s always playful,
It loves to dance and spin.
A happy game of dreidel,
Come play now, let’s begin!
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