Loveliest of Sad Songs,
The Grenadier and the Lady

Sad songs such as The Grenadier and the Lady are likely to be among your students' favorite music. Get:

  • free vocal sheet music and 
  • piano accompaniment and
  • easy guitar tabs for this traditional English ballad.
Sad songs Grenadier and the Lady sheet music

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The Grenadier and the Lady is a great song for a beginning singer. The range is only an octave, and the melody stays mostly in the middle, with two little climbs to the top. It is easily memorized, as it tells a story. And the phrases are very singable -- no hard parts.

Yet the song has many opportunities for breath control practice. Even the first phrase, "As I was a-walking one morning in May..." offers the temptation to take a little breath after "a-walking."

Singers don't need to breathe there...make them get at least to the comma!

Generally, the phrases of this song should not be interrupted by a breath.  I make an exception down at the bottom line, and allow a breath before the last 5 notes if it seems necessary...and always on the final verse, where a ritard is natural.

The Grenadier and the Lady is one of the most hauntingly beautiful sad songs your students will ever love. Well, you don't really know how sad it is unless you read between the lines of "O soldier, O soldier, will you marry me?'

I first heard this lovely ballad in the movie Far from the Madding Crowd with Julie Christie, Terence Stamp and Alan Bates. It is a fascinating film, set in a sometimes bleak landscape, based on the book by Thomas Hardy.

Listen to the movie excerpt from "Far from the Madding Crowd". This is a stirring performance, especially if you are caught up in the story.

Here, Sergeant Troy, a British Grenadier, has just buried the woman he truly loves (it is not his new-married wife), and his infant son whom he never met. You can't help but think, "If only...if only..." 


This is a story about choices, careless choices that ruin many lives.

It is a good use for this beautiful English ballad. In verse 2, the soldier asks the lady where she is going, and I almost think in a foreshadowing of heaven, she replies "I am going a-walking by the clear crystal stream..." 

But folk songs are not like classical musicso the reason I'm picky about phrasing in this English ballad is because I want to train students to breathe for singing: 

- to take quick breaths and long exhalations, and to observe natural pauses in the sentence structure. Breathing for singing has to become a habit.

Pianists who want to play this song may find the extra melody notes confusing. 

Of course, the extra voicings are there to accommodate the rhythm changes which occur with the different words in each verse. I have made an easy piano version for students with fingering but no left hand -- just chord symbols. 

Lead sheet for Grenadier and the Lady or Emigrant's Daughter

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Here is a version for guitarists who love sad songs.  Finger-picking is very beautiful with this piece.

Easy guitar tabs for Grenadier and the Lady or Emigrant's Daughter

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You can listen to a beautiful classical-style guitar rendition of The Grenadier and the Lady by Denio, who first encountered the song here on my site and was moved to arrange it for guitar. Denio, if you are out there, I still want the PDF for your lovely arrangement if you are willing to share it!

Denio said:

I'm a classical guitarist (who loves melancholic tunes) and I just wanted to thank you for introducing me to the beautiful tune The Grenadier and The Lady (The Bold Grenadier) here on your site. I arranged the tune for solo guitar and you can hear and see my performance on YouTube.

I hope you enjoy my performance and if you'd like the sheet music for your students I'd gladly send you a PDF.

I'd say it's high intermediate to advanced difficulty. I also want to thank you for introducing me to the film Far From The Madding Crowd with Julie Christie which I borrowed from the library and absolutely loved it!

The music from the film was composed by the great Richard Rodney Bennett who has written for the classical guitar so that was a nice surprise. Thanks again and keep up all the great music and teaching for everybody here on the internet and in real life.

Best,

Denio (GuitarRomancer on YouTube) 





The links for the vocals plus piano:


Download free vocal sheet music with piano accompaniment, sad songs "The Grenadier and the Lady" in Am


Free vocal sheet music with piano in the key of Gm


The Bold Grenadier in Fm for voice and piano


Easy piano music for The Grenadier and the Lady with note names inside the note heads (not shown)



The guitar tabs link:


Easy guitar tabs for The Grenadier and the Lady 












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

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

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