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This is an Old English Nursery Tune. I am teaching tone chimes and African drumming in summer school this year, so I'm writing p some tunes that can be played by 4th & 5th graders. Since it appears to be so slow around here, and I haven't submitted anything for 6 months, I decided, "what the heck, I'll post it" Of course, in the process, I had to get on the forums, comment on some folks' music, and spend about two hours here, but that's what summer is for. (If you're a grade school music teacher) Lyrics are, like many nursery rhymes, a little weird, especially at the end. We have been working on it for two days in the class, and the kids all sing along on the last line.
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Oranges and lemons, say the bells of St. Cle-mens,
You owe me five farthings, say the bells of St. Mar-tin's
When will you pay me, say the bells of Old Bailey,
When I grow rich, say the bells of Shoreditch.
When will that be? say the bells of Stepney,
I do not know, says the great bell of Bow.
Here comes a candle to light you to bed,
And here comes a chopper to chop off your head.
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SmokeyVW said 2580 days ago (June 23rd, 2012)
so familiar
i recall as a child hearing a full orchestral version of a melody very similar to this, i wonder what it was?

thanks for reminding me!
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kristyjo said 2580 days ago (June 24th, 2012)
so familiar
as a lot of these tunes are. One of the students knew this whole song at the beginning of our first class, and by the end of the second class, everyone was singing along to it. Everything just fits together, as is the way with folk songs that have made it through centuries of singing. Thanks for stopping, Smoky.
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alackbass said 2580 days ago (June 24th, 2012)
Oranges & Lemons
How cool that you work in a district that provides some music instruction during summer. I like the melody. Yeah, that last line of the lyrics is a bit rough. A good lesson on the perils of not paying one's bills. Good to see you Kristy.
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kristyjo said 2580 days ago (June 24th, 2012)
We have lots of music in the summer
these are mostly enrichment courses that we don't have time to concentrate on during the school year. I teach this class and three 'act and sing' classes. We also have music keyboarding and band and string lessons.
By the way, my second graders adored your version of 'The Cat Came Back" this past Spring. We listened to it after we learned the 'official' text book version, and did a compare and contrast with it. Thanks for enriching my curriculum.
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egobandit said 2580 days ago (June 24th, 2012)
5th graders
thats cool that they can learn some african drumming and chimes a very lovely piece of music thanks for introducing me to it!
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kristyjo said 2580 days ago (June 24th, 2012)
I'm Glad...
...that our district doesn't yet have summer enrichment courses on the chopping block (I think it's coming, but not just yet.) As long as I don't ask for expensive supplies and work at 'base pay' for the summer, they'll keep asking me to teach things like this that the kids really enjoy.

I'm glad you liked the piece.
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paul f. page said 2578 days ago (June 25th, 2012)
It's such a cute little song.
The bells are lovely and I can easily imagine your "children" enjoying playing them and singing along. Don't worry about how often you post anything or who's listening (or not). It is always a delight to hear your music. What a delightful gift you give to your students with this little gems.
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kristyjo said 2575 days ago (June 29th, 2012)
I do feel bad, sometimes,
that most of what I write is totally job related. I've spent most of this Spring re-working "Pirates of Penzance" for sixth graders. Great for us, but something that needs to be seen as well as heard to be appreciated.
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Relic67 said 2578 days ago (June 26th, 2012)
don't fear the chopper
I always liked this tune... I remember not liking a lot of the songs I learned when I started piano lessons as a kid, but this one I could really get behind! I'm sure the kids are relishing the lyrics... what's next in your curriculum, Death Metal? :)
Anyway, enjoyed the bell-like sounds and the very nice arrangement!
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kristyjo said 2575 days ago (June 29th, 2012)
The kids like
anything that's a little gruesome or weird. I guess we all do at some level. In this class, we even got around to finding out that people of that time had to use toothbrushes with boar hair bristles, if they even got to brush their teeth at all, and they freaked out about that. Learning - it's a great thing!
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michael2 said 2577 days ago (June 26th, 2012)
this was way soothing and I know that melody well. childhood is such a sweet time full of exploration; how much fun it must be for you to share the gift of music with those kids.
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kristyjo said 2574 days ago (June 29th, 2012)
Thanks ...
for taking a listen. It is a vary comforting melody for me, too. Although there are some pits in teaching music, there are a lot of great things about it, and I enjoy my work very much.
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Ed Hannifin said 2560 days ago (July 14th, 2012)
A predecessor...
...of 'The Bells Of Rhymney'...and I think, if I'm not mistaken, that this showed up in '1984', oddly enough...
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VicDiesel said 2559 days ago (July 15th, 2012)
Tone chimes
You'll have to tell me more about that. Didn't you do things with hand bells a while back?

That last line is surely not conducive to a child's night's rest?!

Lovely tune otherwise.
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