Thanksgiving Song Lyrics & Music
Over the River & Through the Woods

Thanksgiving song lyrics and piano sheet music for Over the River & Through the Woods, an old-fashioned song your students will enjoy playing and even singing. 

Thanksgiving song lyrics & music for piano

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The easy solo (late elementary)

Pictures from the past

I love the images of another time which the lyrics of this song bring to mind... Grandmother's cap... the horse and sleigh... trot fast, my dapple-gray!  I notice that my students like them too.

The duet - very fun!

An arrangement for early beginners

Here is the easiest version of this pretty piece - a setting at Middle C position, the notes that beginning piano players are focusing on the first year or two of learning to read music.  This is the arrangement played by my student in the video above.

Over the River & Through the Woods piano sheet music

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The arrangement above is PRETTY INTUITIVE, and easy. The lyrics are contagious!

A flowing secondo arrangement

Despite sounding pretty, this accompaniment to the melody is full of energy!  This is what I am playing as I accompany my student, in the video above.

Piano secondo for Over the River

I hope you enjoy this lively song from another time!


The link for the elementary piano solo:



Download Thanksgiving song lyrics & music "Over the River"



The links for the easy solos and secondos:



Thanksgiving song "Over the River" in the key of G, at Middle C position



Secondo arrangement for the easy arrangement in the key of G



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Carol L:  Hi Dana,
Just wanted to thank you for the "Over the River and Through the Woods" duet! I've been discussing this song with students for the past two holiday seasons. This seems to be one of those lesser known holiday songs. Students hadn't heard it and even more surprising, some parents as well! Last year we did a study on the lyrics and students listened to the song. This year we learned it using a lead sheet. Can't wait to try the duet! Thank you for all you do. Happy holidays to you and yours.

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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.