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

Please scroll down the page for the download links.

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

Please scroll down the page for the download links.

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

Interested in songs from the Bible for your students or church?  Check out my other website, SingTheBibleStory.com!

SingTheBibleStory.com clickable logo link

Recent Articles

  1. Best Piano Books: According to This Piano Teacher!

    Best piano books - or at least, the ones I find myself using over and over again in my music studio! Here are my favorites.

    Read More

  2. Beautiful Free Hymn Sheet Music, Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling

    Free hymn sheet music to touch hearts, "Softly and Tenderly" is about going home -- the final home. Easy & advanced piano versions, lead sheet & guitar tabs.

    Read More

  3. Sleepsong Sheet Music for Piano, Voice, & Lead Instrument

    Sleepsong for voice,piano, & lead sheet. A Celtic-style piano arrangement imitates Secret Garden's soloist. This beautiful song will motivate your vocalists!

    Read More

  4. Piano Sheet Music for Kids "Kookaburra": 6 Easy Versions

    Piano sheet music for kids "Kookaburra" is also a singing round! Now with 2 beginner Middle C arrangements, 2 solo piano versions, & vocal rounds in 2 keys.

    Read More

  5. Baby Shark Sheet Music: Easy, Familiar, & Fun! For Early Piano

    Baby Shark sheet music is surprisingly easy, with a repeating melody in the right hand, and simple chord tones in the left hand. A WINNER with young students.

    Read More

Songs Old & Songs New

All the first-year material I give my beginner students. 

Piano keyboard sheets, scales, chords, note-reading exercises, and over 256 pages of music!

The Story of Esther - a Bible opera!

Queen Esther in the Bible

This beautiful song book for piano & voice "Esther, For Such a Time as This",  available as a digital downloadtells the riveting story of the time when  Jews in ancient Persia faced a foe named Haman, and how a  brave young queen risked her life to save her people.

A good choice for a singing story-teller, an operatic group, a short theater production, or a class of children!

This book is also available from Amazon as a paperback.

Just the Black Keys, a piano song book for young beginners.

Just the Black Keys

This book is available as a digital download  from this site.  Visit this page to see some free examples from the book.

It is also available from Amazon as a paperback!

This is the perfect easy start for little pianists.

And when they start reading white-key notes on the staff, this is a fun easy resource to say each week, "Choose a new black-key song at home this week and figure it out to show me next lesson!"  They will be spending more time at the piano.

The Adventures of Tonsta, Volume 1, is a book about a young boy travelling over mountains and fjords from village to village, encountering trolls and helping folk in distress.

The Adventures of Tonsta

A perfect read aloud storybook
for little boys or girls. 

The Adventures of Tonsta highlight the travels of a very young boy with a good heart, who goes about helping folk in trouble.  

With a red cap on his head and a sack of tools slung over his shoulder, Tonsta seems to meet people in distress wherever he goes.

Lots of trolls in this book - including one who gives him a Christmas gift!

Available at Amazon

Sign up for "Take Note!" to see what's new every month.

About the Author

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.