sef_lopod (sef_lopod) wrote in song_archive,

There Was An Old Woman Went Up In A Basket [1]


Melody:anon./trad.
in low F, G, Bb or C; mid F, G, C or D; and high F, G, Bb or C.
also [2]
Lyrics:anon./trad.
Origin:English



There was an old woman went/tossed up in a basket,
Seventy/Seventeen times as high as the moon;
And where she was going I couldn't but ask it,
For in her hand she carried a broom.

"Old woman, old woman, old woman", quoth I,
"O whither, O whither thou goest[/, O whither] so high?"
"To brush the cobwebs out of the sky."
"May/Shall I come with you?" "Aye, by-and-by."



Sol-fa version of melody (6/8 in 8th notes, range S,-L):
1S,| 1D 1D 1D 1M 1M 1M | 1R 1M 1R 1D 2D |
| 1M 1M 1F 2S 1S | 1L 1S 1f 2S
1S | 1L 1L 1F 1S 1S 1M | 1S 1F 1M 1M 1R
1S,| 2D 1R 1M 1F 1S | 1M 1M 1R 2D

1S,| 1D 1D 1D 1M 1M 1M | 1R 1M 1R 2D
1D | 1M 1M 1F 1S 1S 1S | 1L 1S 1f 2S
1S | 2L 1F 2S 1M | 1S 1F 1M 1M 1R
1S,| 2D 1R 1M 1F 1S | 1M 1M 1R 2D
or (slight change):
1S,| 1D 1D 1D 1M 1M 1M | 1R 1M 1R 1D 2D |
| 1M 1M 1F 2S 1S | 1L 1S 1f 2S
1S | 1L 1L 1F 1S 1S 1M | 1S 1F 1M 1M 1R
1S,| 2D 1R 1M 1F 1S | 1M 1F 1R 2D

1S,| 1D 1D 1D 1M 1M 1M | 1R 1M 1R 2D
1D | 1M 1M 1F 1S 1S 1S | 1L 1S 1f 2S
1S | 2L 1F 2S 1M | 1S 1F 1M 1M 1R
1S,| 2D 1R 1M 1F 1S | 1M 1F 1R 2D
Tags: english, nursery
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