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*


Piano sheet music 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

Easy piano music 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.

The Riddle Song sheet music

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Alternate lyrics

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

Lead sheet for piano

In the key of G

Piano music for singing

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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Dana Thynes

Hi, I'm Dana!  (Say that like "Anna".)  I'm the owner of Music-for-Music-Teachers.com, and a newer site, SingTheBibleStory.com.

Like some of you, I've been playing the piano since early childhood, and have added a few other instruments along the way, plus an interest in arranging and composing music.

You can find out more about me and the reason for this website at my About Me page.