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"The Wren Song," Lyrics, Text Format

Variations in rhythm patters to match syllables for changing verses, recognizing the interval So\Re as perfect fourth (P4) and Re/So and a perfect fifth (P5), and a tonic arpeggio.



  • Grade: Fourth
  • Origin: Ireland – Folk Song
  • Key: G Major
  • Time: 6/8
  • Form: ABab
  • Rhythm: beginners: | ta ti ta ti | syncopation,
    | ti ti ti ta ti | ti ti ti ti ti ti |
  • Pitches: beginners: So Do Re Mi So partial pentatonic scale
  • Intervals: intermediate: So/Do/Mi/So ascending tonic (I) arpeggio (G) with repeated pitches; So\Re (P4), Mi\Do (M3), Re\So (P5), Fa\Re (m3)
  • Musical Elements: notes: quarter, eighth; pickup beat, syncopation, tonic arpeggios, recognizing So\Re and a P4 and Re\So as a P5, variations in rhythm patterns to match lyric syllables
  • Key Words: world geography: Ireland, United Kingdom; Saint Stephen’s Day: St. Stephen’s Day, or the Feast of St. Stephen, is a Christian saint’s day to commemorate Saint Stephen, celebrated on 26 December in the Western Church and 27 December in the Eastern Church; Wren, king of birds, although, honor, great, me lads, treat, followed, three miles, through, hedges, ditches, leaps of snow, six o’clock, morning, hunt upon, wattle brought, show up all, box, under, tuppence, penny, no harm, boys, St. Stephens’s Day; abbreviation: ‘ll (will), possessive: Stephen’s

“The Wren Song” 
1. The wren the wren, the king of all birds,
Saint Stephen’s Day was caught in the tree;
Although he was little, his honor was great,
Jump up, me lads, and give us a treat!
We followed the wren three miles or more,
Three miles or more, three miles or more,
Through hedges and ditches and leaps of snow,
At six o’clock in the morning.

As I went out to hunt and all,
I met a wren upon the wall,
Up with me wattle and give him a fall,
And brought him here to show you all.

4. I have a little box under me arm,
A tuppence or penny ‘ll do it no harm,
For we are the boys that came you way
To bring in the wren on St. Stephen’s Day.
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