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"Sing A Song of Sixpence" Lyrics, Text Format

Dotted sixteenth note, syncopation, tonic arpeggio and octave skip.
This very old rhyme will require your very best readers!



  • Grade: Kindergarten
  • Origin: England – 18th-century Nursery Rhyme
  • Key: C Major
  • Time: 4/4
  • Form: ABAC
  • Rhythm: advanced: | ti ri ti ti ti ti ti ta |
    | ti ti ti ti ti ta/ | ta ti ti ta/a | ti ti ti ti ta ta |
    | ti ri ti ti ti ti ti ti | syncopation, | ti ti ti ti ta/a |
    | ri ti/ ti ti ti ti ti ti | syncopation
  • Pitches: advanced: Ti Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do
  • Intervals: advanced: So\Mi\Do descending tonic arpeggio, Do/Do ascending tonic octave skip, Ti\Re, Re\Ti, Ti/La, So\Do, Mi\Do
  • Musical Elements: notes: half, quarter, eighth, dotted sixteenth, sixteenth; ascending tonic octave, running eighth notes, tonic arpeggio, extended vocal range
  • Key Words: world geography: England; nonsense rhyme, four, twenty, blackbirds, pie, dainty dish, king, counting house, money, queen, parlor (parlour – French), maid

Sixpence: known colloquially as the tanner, or half-shilling, a British pre-decimal coin, worth six pence, or 1/40th of a pound sterling.



“Sing a Song of Sixpence”

1.Sing a song of sixpence,
A pocket full of rye.
Four and twenty blackbirds,
Baked in a pie.


When the pie was opened,
The birds began to sing;
Was not that a dainty dish,
To set before the king?


The king was in the counting house,
Counting out his money;
The queen was in the parlour,
Eating bread and honey.

4.The maid was in the garden,
Hanging out the clothes;
A long came a blackbird
And snapped off her nose.

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