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"Simple Simon" Lyrics, Text Format

Minor key signature: the home pitch is the submediant
(6th, La) of the major scale.



  • Grade: Kindergarten
  • Origin: England, Nursery Rhyme – 1764
  • Key: E minor (pitched in G Major)
  • Time: 2/4
  • Form: ABCD
  • Rhythm: advanced: | ti/ ri ti ti | syncopation,
    | ta/ ti | syncopation | ta (ta) |
  • Pitches: intermediate: Mi La Ti Do Re Mi Fa – extended range
  • Intervals: intermediate: Mi\Do, Do\La, La\Mi, Fa\Re
  • Musical Elements: notes: quarter, dotted quarter, eighth, dotted eighth, sixteenth; rest: quarter: minor mode, begins in the relative major
  • Key Words: world geography: England; paying for food, pie-man, fair, ware, penny, fishing, whale, pail, plums, thistle, pricked, whistle

“Simple Simon”
1. Simple Simon met a pieman,
Going to the fair;
Says Simple Simon to the pieman,
Let me taste your ware.
Says the pieman to Simple Simon,
Show me first your penny;
Says Simple Simon to the pieman,
Indeed I have not any.
Simple Simon went a-fishing,
For to catch a whale;
All the water he had got,
Was in his mother’s pail.
4. Simple Simon went to look
If plums grew on a thistle;
He pricked his fingers very much,
Which made poor Simon whistle.
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