Sing a song of sixpence, A pocket full of rye. Four and twenty blackbirds, Baked in a pie. When the pie was opened, The birds began to sing;1 [Wasn't]2 that a dainty dish, To set before the king? The king was in his counting house,3 Counting out his money; The queen was in the parlour, Eating bread and honey. The maid was in the garden, Hanging out the clothes; When down came a blackbird And [snapped]4 off her nose.
1 Here Malotte adds: "Caw! Caw!"
2 Malotte: "was not"
3 Malotte adds: "one, two, three, four, (ha, ha, ha, ha!)"
4 Malotte: "pecked"
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Albert Hay Malotte (1895 - 1964), "Sing a song of sixpence", published 1938 [ voice and piano ], New York: G. Schirmer [sung text checked 1 time]
- by John (Milford) Rutter, CBE (b. 1945), "Sing a song of sixpence", published 1974 [ SATB chorus a cappella ], from Five Childhood Lyrics, no. 5 [sung text checked 1 time]
Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Singt das Lied vom Sixpence", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
Research team for this text: Bertram Kottmann , Garrett Medlock [Guest Editor]
This text was added to the website: 2015-01-26
Line count: 16
Word count: 79