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"Pop Goes the Weasel" Lyrics, Text Format

Skipping in 6/8 time with a quarter followed by an eighth.



  • Grade: Second
  • Origin: England – 17th Century English Rhyme
  • Key: C Major
  • Time: 6/8
  • Form: ABCD (4 measures) AB (8 measures)
  • Rhythm: intermediate: | ta ti ta ti | ti ti ti ta ti |
    ta/ ta ti | ti (ti) (ti) ta ti | ta/ ta/ |
  • Pitches: advanced: So Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do Re – wide range
  • Intervals: advanced: Mi/So, So\Mi\Do\So descending tonic arpeggio, So/Do, Do/La, La\Re, Re/Fa, Do/Do ascending octave skip, Do\La, Ti\So, So/Do8, Ti/Re8, Re8\Ti
  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; rest: eighth; descending tonic arpeggio, ascending tonic octave skip, extending the vocal range
  • Key Words: nursery rhyme, cobbler, bench, chased, weasel, monkey, thought, sigh, patience, by and by, nickel, spool, thread, sewing, regal; contractions; I’ve (I have), ’twas (it was); possessive: cobbler’s

A seemingly nonsense rhyme with many interpretations. Excellent for class discussion. In the United States the first verse represents children working in the fabric shops prior to the industrial revolution; chasing yarn balls.

“Pop Goes The Weasel” 

1. All around the cobbler’s bench,
The monkey chased the weasel,
The monkey thought ’twas all in fun,
Pop! goes the weasel!
I’ve no time to wait and sigh,
No patience to wait till by and by,
So kiss me quick, I’m off, goodbye,
Pop! goes the weasel!

A nickel for a spool of thread,
A penny for a needle-
That’s the way the money goes,
Pop! goes the weasel.
You may try to sew and sew,
And never make anything regal,
So roll it up and let it go,
Pop! goes the weasel.

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