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"Sheep Shearing" Lyrics, Text Format

Arpeggios: So\Mi\Do, Do/Mi/So, Mi\Do\So, and Fa\Re\Ti
make sheep shearing fun!



  • Grade: Third
  • Origin: Sweden – Folk Song
  • Key: F Major
  • Time: 3/4
  • Form: verse: ABAb – refrain: AB – song AB verse/refrain
  • Rhythm: beginners: | ta ti ti ti ti | ta ti ti ta |
    | ta ta (ta) |
  • Pitches: intermediate: So La Ti Do Re Mi Fa So
  • Intervals: intermediate: So\Mi\Do descending tonic arpeggio, Do/Mi/So ascending tonic arpeggio, Fa\Re\Ti descending arpeggio, Ti/Re, Mi\Do\So descending tonic arpeggio, Do\So
  • Musical Elements: notes: quarter, eighth; rest: quarter, verse/refrain, two double bars
  • Key Words: world geography, Sweden, animal science, sheep farming, sheep shearing, harvesting wool, spinning wool, wheel, clipping, stockings, spinning wheel, spinning wheel sound, knit, scarf, dance, morning; contraction: we’re (we are)

“Sheep Shearing” 

1. Go get the sheep, we’re clipping today,
Clipping their wool, yes, clipping their wool
So we can knit some stockings for you,
Then we shall dance till morning.
Surr, surr, surr, surr, surr, surr,
Wheel spins around, now hear the sound;
Surr, surr, surr, surr, surr, surr,
Then we shall dance till morning.

Tell mother dear we’re carding today,
Carding the wool, yes, carding the wool
So we can knit a scarf for her, too,
Then we shall dance till morning.

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