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Songs to click and play one phrase at a time


Hey Diddle Diddle
(Lyrics)
cat and fiddle taking a bow, link to animated interactive song  

Midis and Sheet music

Crafts related to music

Want to send  
someone a song ?

link to book of rounds, Let's Have Another Round, rounds edited to coordinate with Suzuki string instrument classes, edited by Karen Zethmayr
Let's Have Another Round, a book of familiar and new rounds designed to supplement the Suzuki string books

There were Five in the Bed
(and the little one said "roll over.")
(Lyrics) 


cartoon of dogs in a four poster bed, link to animation,animated click and play song

"Five in the Bed"
Ring tone:
[send ringtone]

Songs to click and play one note at a time

link to Duke of York animated interactive song, cartoon of beagle musicians, drum & beagle corps, drum and bugle corps, drummer, bugler, trumpet, percussion, cute dog picture
The Noble Duke of York
(AKA Grand Old Duke)
(Lyrics • words • text)
link to Brother John animated interactive song, treble clef and musical notes
Brother John

(Lyrics • words • text)  
link to animated interactive song, cartoon of guy in rowboat, rainbow and fishing
Row, Row, Row
Your Boat


(Lyrics • words • text)  

Songs for Birthdays – Click here for Copyright notes on the "the birthday song"

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link to e-card, happy birthday, funny beginner piano rendition, silly cartoon graphics

Birthday greetings at the mercy of a struggling beginner piano player
(Don't worry; Grandma was
a beginner too once.)

link to e-card, happy birthday, fancy romantic era piano rendition, clay sculpture animation, dancing mice

Birthday Mouse Ballet
(Same piano player
after much more practice)
 

Words to the songs on this page:

Brother John

Are you sleeping? Are you sleeping,
Brother John, Brother John?
Morning bells are ringing, morning bells are ringing,
Ding, ding, dong! Ding, ding, dong!

Bruder Jakob (German)

Bruder Jakob, Bruder Jakob,
Schläfst du noch? Schläfst du noch?
Höhrst do nicht die Glocke? Höhrst do nicht die Glocke?
Bim, bam, bim! Bim, bam, bim
!

Frère Jacques (French)

Frère Jacques, Frère Jacques,
Dormez-vous? Dormez-vous?
Sonnez les matines. Sonnez les matines.
Din, din, don. Din, din, don.

Martinillo (Spanish)

Martinillo, martinillo
¿Donde esta, donde esta?
Toca la campana, toca la campana.
Din, don , dan, din, don, dan.

Bro J. in solfege

Do re mi do, do re mi do
Mi fa sol, mi fa sol
Sol la sol fa mi do, sol la sol fa mi do
Do sol do, do sol do.


The Birthday Song

This song is copyrighted, or at least someone would like to think it is, but here's a trick: it's almost an exact copy of a turn-of-the-century song called "Good Morning to You." The only difference in the notes is that you need two notes to play "happy" and only one to play "good."

The Good Morning song is NOT copywrited, and the words are below, and all you have to do is substitute happy birthday for good morning:

Good morning to you, good morning to you.
Good morning dear children, good morning to you.

Good Morning in solfege:

sol la sol do ti, sol la sol re do
sol sol mi do ti la, fa mi do re do.

Traditional
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The duke of York
(AKA The Grand Old Duke of York)

Oh the noble duke of York, he had ten thousand men;
He marched them up to the top of the hill,
and he marched them down again.

And when you're up, your'e up,
and when you're down, you're down,
And when you're only halfway up, you're neither up nor down.

The Duke in solfege

Mi re do sol mi sol do, do re re re re re,
Re mi mi mi mi mi fa fa fa fa,
Fa fa mi mi re re do.

Traditional.

The Noble duke of York exists with so many variations of the tune, it's hard to guess which is the original. One way that kids love to do it is to stand and sit on the words "up" and "down," and squat at "halfway up." Then the game is to sing it faster and faster to increase the challenge of keeping up with both the words and the actions.

Notes on the historical background of this song are at http://www.nationmaster.com/encyclopedia/Grand-old-Duke-of-York

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Five in the Bed

The original song is really Ten in the Bed.

There were five in the bed, and the little one said,
Roll over! Roll over!
So they all rolled over, and one fell out.

There were four in the bed.... [etc.]

Five in the Bed in solfege•

Sol sol do do do do, sol sol do do do do,
Sol mi do! Sol mi do!
Sol sol do do do do, sol do do do.

Traditional

And how do you end this song? There must be as many solutions to that one as there are kids. There are several variants of the tune, but the differences are minor. If you have a Flash player and play my Flash version, you will see that the tune is simple enough to offer endless possibities for variation

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Hey, Diddle Diddle

Hey, diddle diddle, the cat and the fiddle,
The cow jumped over the moon.
The little dog laughed to see such sport,
And the dish ran away with the spoon,

Hey, Diddle Diddle in solfege•

Mi, mi mi mi fa, sol re re re re do,
Re mi mi mi fa sol re,
Mi fa fa fa fa sol la sol mi do,
Re mi sol sol sol sol la ti do.

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Row Row Row

Row, row, row your boat gently down the stream.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a dream.

Row Row Row in solfege•

Do, do, do re mi mi re mi fa sol.
Do do do, sol sol sol, mi mi mi, do do do, sol fa mi re do.

Traditional.

How can I send  
someone a song?

All you do is paste the song's URL into your email, and it will be an underlined, clickable link. The URLs for the songs on this page are in the list below, under the song names.
1. Highlight the whole URL, beginning with "http" all the way through .html or .swf.
2. Go to edit>copy
3. Paste into your email.

3 1/2. If you want more of an explanation, here's what URL means.

Brother John
http://grandmaskite.com/broj.html

Five in the Bed
http://grandmaskite.com/rollover.html

Hey Diddle Diddle
http://grandmaskite.com/heyd.html

The Noble Duke of York
(AKA The Grand Old Duke of York)
http://grandmaskite.com/duke.html

Row Row Row Your Boat
http://grandmaskite.com/rowrow.html

Birthday greetings
... (Drum & Beagle Corps)

http://grandmaskite.com/hbbgl.html

Birthday greetings
... (raw beginner piano player)

http://grandmaskite.com/HB4bgnrs.html

Birthday greetings
... (dancing mice)

http://grandmaskite.com/hbhb.html

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Copyright notes on the "the birthday song"
The song, "Good Morning to All" appeared in the book, Song Stories for the Kindergarten, pub. 1893. There is a lot of discussion on the web about the Public Domain status of a 90% similar tune many know as "Happy Birthday." One piece of that discussion, at http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2003/7/5/112441/6280, seems well stated to me (definitely not a lawyer) by J Byron. The difference between the two tunes is that pair of eighth notes (instead of one quarter note) every time the word "happy" occurs. There are folks who maintain that that difference is enough to merit a 1935 copyright for "Happy Birthday." Many disagree, but to be safe, I've simply used the "Good Morning to All" song instead. Plucky singers or players can figure it out.

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What do they mean by URL?
Grandma gets a lot of hits wondering "how to find a
song's URL." I hope the paragraph below helps.

URL stands for Universal Resource Locator, and it's another name for "web address," the one that appears in your browser's address window (usually at the top) and pops you to a web page. You can copy the address for any page you're looking at by putting your cursor in the address window and highlighting the whole address in that window.

If you miss the beginning (http) or leave off the end (things like .html or .swf or .pdf) the computer won't recognize it as an address, and you'll get an error message.

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