The Erie Canal Song

The Erie Canal Song is still popular after all these years!  

Download free piano sheets online, an easy 5-finger arrangement for beginning readers, lead sheets in two keys, & tabs for your students who play guitar music.


the Erie Canal song with made-easy notes for piano

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These music note drawings - piano music with letters - are obviously about helping with reading music notes for beginners.  If this isn't your cup of tea, look farther down the page!

Easy guitar tabs for Erie Canal song


Erie Canal for beginner guitar

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This Am arrangement uses lots of open strings, and fingers 1 and 3... nice guitar music notes for beginners.  There's just a bit of high "A" on page 2, needing fret 5 - good practice for stretching a little outside of position 1.

Here are a couple versions for early intermediate/ late elementary piano, with a fun descending bass line:

Free! download notes for Erie Canal for elementary piano

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Give your students the joy of learning Beethoven's famous Für Elise in an easy-to-read format... every note from the ORIGINAL piece is here  in this beautiful new setting


If your students like the first page of the canal boat song, then it's a good bet that they'll want the whole thing.  

It requires another change of hand position.  Here's what those pages look like, in the key of Dm ( the short version, above, is in Am):

Easy piano notes for late elementary piano, Erie Canal sheet music


Erie Canal easy piano notes for late elementary piano

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I've put no fingering on page 2 of these arrangements.  Erie Canal is brand new for my students, so I'll just keep a pencil handy and we'll work out fingering on an as-needed basis.

And now, here are a couple lead sheets, with Erie Canal lyrics of three verses:

Easy chords songs in Am & Dm, Erie Canal song


easy chords songs for all instruments, Erie Canal

"Fifteen Years on the Erie Canal" was written in 1905 by Thomas S. Allen  This song is also known as "Low Bridge, Everybody Down," "The Erie Canal Song," and the way I sang it as a kid, "Fifteen MILES on the Erie Canal."

I had NO idea what the song was about.  But here is a very fun video, with still shots of old canals and mules with action added somehow, that demonstrates just what this song is about!





The links for the easy piano sheet music:


Download the Erie Canal Song with made-easy lettered notes, short


Download free Erie Canal sheet music for beginner piano, also with lettered notes, LONG



The links for the guitar tabs:


Download tabs and play guitar music for Erie Canal



The links for the harder versions:


Free! download notes for Erie Canal music for late elementary piano in Am, short


Free! download notes for elementary version of Erie Canal music in Dm, short


Alphanotes helper version for Dm elementary version of the Erie Canal song



The links to the long versions of Erie Canal:


Download easy piano sheet music LONG, with 2 pages in the key of Am


Download easy piano sheet music Erie Canal two pages in the key of Dm



The links for the lead sheets:


Download free lead sheet in Am


Free lead sheet in Dm












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