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"Old King Cole" Lyrics, Text Format

Challenging, as rhythms change for verse syllables
and practicing the perfect fourth (P4) Do\So/Do.



  • Grade: Kindergarten
  • Origin: England – Nursery Rhyme
  • Key: F Major
  • Time: 4/4
  • Form: ABCD
  • Rhythm: advanced: | ta ta ta ti ti | ta ti ti ta ti ti |
    | ta ti ti ta ta | ta/a/a ta |
  • Pitches: intermediate: So Do Re Mi Fa
  • Intervals: beginners: Do\So/Do
  • Musical Elements: notes: whole, dotted half, quarter, eighth; rest: quarter; steps up and down the staff from Do to Fa, tied notes (= + in math)
  • Key Words: world geography: England; King, soul, merry, pipe, bowl, fiddlers, compare, rare, fine, called, compare, none; contraction: there’s (there is)


“Old King Cole”

Old King Cole was a merry old soul
And a merry old soul was he;
He called for his pipe, and he called for his bowl
And he called for his fiddlers three.

Every fiddler he had a fiddle,
And a very fine fiddle had he;
Oh there’s none so rare, as can compare
With King Cole and his fiddlers three

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