I Gave My Love a Cherry
The Riddle Song
I Gave My Love a Cherry (The Riddle Song) is a very pretty folk tune with initially puzzling, but clever lyrics. Students will be intrigued as they read the solution to the riddle.
Download the sheet music as a lead sheet, an early intermediate piano arrangement, or a beginner Middle C version.
*Listen to a recording of I Gave My Love a Cherry*
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This song's lyrics may puzzle students
I loved this song as a girl, but admit to being mystified by some of the lyrics for years. What was a cherry "stone?" In my part of the country, we used the term "pit" instead. Of course, a blooming flower hasn't developed a fruit yet, so it has no stone.
But what is "pippin'?" No one ever told me, so I eventually looked that word up... Turns out, that is the stage of an egg before the chicken has developed.
A version for beginners
Turn this song into a duet by supplying the chords for your student. Not sure how to do that? Get started by reading through my page Free Lead Sheets.
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The third part of the riddle, "I gave my love a story that has no end," is not the way that I knew it as a child. What I learned was, "I gave my love a ring, that has no end."
I like "story" much better! Because the answer to the riddle of the never-ending story is sweet, whereas the answer to the riddle of the ring doesn't really make much sense: "A ring when it's rolling, it has no end..."
Lead sheet arrangements
In the key of G
The key of G is easier for beginning violinists and guitarists.
The links for the sheet music:
Download Riddle Song in the key of D for piano
Download I Gave My Love a Cherry for the piano in the key of F
Download piano arrangement in the key of G
The link for the beginner arrangement:
Download the Middle C arrangement
The links for the lead sheets:
Download the lead sheet for the Riddle Song in D
Download the lead sheet I Gave My Love in F
Download lead in the key of G
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