Nursery Rhyme Chords For Guitar and Lyrics

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Nursery Rhyme Chords For Guitar Index


Mary Had A Little Lamb
If you’re Happy and You Know it
Humpty Dumpty
Michael Finnigan
Big Hugs and Kisses
Hey, Diddle Diddle
Pease Pudding Hot
Hickory Dickory Dock
Polly Put the Kettle On
London Bridge
Little Bo-peepnursery rhyme guitar chords playing to baby 
This Old Man
Old MacDonald Had a Farm
See Saw, Margery Daw
Here We Go Looby Loo
Twinke, Twinkle, Little Star
'Round the Mulberry Bush
Farmer in the Dell
Jack and Jill
Baa Baa Black Sheep
Round and Round the Garden
Incy Wincy Spider
Frere Jacques
Little Miss Muffet
Row Row Row Your Boat
Ten in the Bed
This Little Piggy
The Wheels on the Bus
Three Blind Mice
Down by the station
Five Little Ducks
Do Your Ears Hang Low?
I’m a Little Teapot
Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
Six Little Ducks
Little Jack Horner
The Grand Old Duke of York
Sing a Song of Sixpence
Pat a Cake



Mary Had A Little Lamb


G               D7            G
Mary had a little lamb, little lamb, little lamb
G                                    D7                         G
Mary had a little lamb, it's fleece was white as snow
                                          D7             G
Everywhere that Mary went, Mary went, Mary went
                                                D7                     G
Everywhere that Mary went, that lamb was sure to go

It followed her to school one day, school one day, school one day
It followed her to school one day which was against the rules

It made the children laugh and play, laugh and play laugh and play
It made the children laugh and play to see a lamb at school

Mary had a little lamb, little lamb, little lamb
Mary had a little lamb, its fleece was white as snow

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If you’re Happy and You Know it

             D                                             A
If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands (clap clap)
             A                                             D
If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands (clap clap)
             G                                           D                   Bm (optional)
If you’re happy and you know it and you really want to show it
             A                    A7                     D
If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands (clap clap)

Continue with:
If you’re happy and you know it stomp your feet (stomp stomp)

If you’re happy and you know it nod your head (nod nod)

If you’re happy and you know it click your tongue (click click)

If you’re happy and you know it snap your fingers (snap, snap)

If you’re happy and you know it shout hooray, (Hooray!)

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Humpty Dumpty

G          C          D7           G
Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall,
G          C          G              D7
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
G                 C               D7              G
All the king's horses and all the king's men,
G               C           D7        G
Couldn't put Humpty together again.

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Michael Finnigan

C
There was an old man named Michael Finnigan
G
He grew whiskers on his chinnigan
C
The wind came up and blew them in again
G                       C
Poor old Michael Finnigan, begin again

C
There was an old mad named Michael Finnigan
G
He fell down and broke his shinngain
C
Folks said, “Mike, you’ll never swim again”
G                      C
Poor old Michael Finnigan, begin again

C
There was an old man named Michael Finnigan
G
He grew fat and then grew thin again
C
Thinner than a safety pinnigan
G                      C
Poor old Michael Finnigan, begin again
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Big Hugs and Kisses


C                                               E7
First you take your arms and you open them wide
F                           Ab
Big enough to fit an elephant inside
                    C                                            A7
And then you wrap them up tight around somebody you love
F                         G            C
And give them big hugs and kisses

C                                                            E7
Take your little tiny hands and move them very far apart
F                                                         Ab
Cause you’ve got to make room for that big, big heart
                    C                                     A7
And then you wrap them up tight around somebody you love
F                         G            C
And give them big hugs and kisses

F                                               Fm
You cant catch a ball cause your just too small
C
Those little arms can barely do anything at all
F                                          Fm
Speaking of bears, hugs were invented by bears
C                                                 G7
Hugs are all theirs but bears like to share

                   C                                 E7
So, first you take your arms and you open them wide
F                                   Ab
Big enough to fit a hippopotamus inside
                    C                                            A7
And then you wrap them up tight around somebody you love
       F                  G            C      A7
And give them big hugs and kisses
              F                   G          C
Yer, you give them big hugs and kisses

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Hey, Diddle Diddle

G                                 D7
Hey, diddle, diddle, that cat and the fiddle
G                                   D7
The cow jumped over the moon.
      C                            G
The little dog laughed to see such sport,
             D7                            G
And the dish ran away with the spoon.

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Pease Pudding Hot

C        G         C
Pease pudding hot
C        G         C
Pease pudding cold
C                     F
Pease pudding in the pot
C      G7   C
Nine days old

C       G      C
Some like it hot
C       G      C
Some like it cold
C                F
Some like it in the pot
C      G7   C
Nine days old

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Hickory Dickory Dock

G          D7      G
Hickory dickory dock
       G              D7      G
The mouse ran up the clock,
                         D
The clock struck one,
       C             G
The mouse ran down
G         D7        G
Hickory dickory dock (repeat)

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Polly Put the Kettle On

F
Polly put the kettle on,
G7               C7
Polly put the kettle on,
F      C7       F
Polly put the kettle on,
        G7   C7   F
We'll all have tea.

F         C7       F
Sukey, take it off again,
Bb       G7      C7
Sukey, take it off again,
F         C7      F
Sukey, take it off again,
            G7   C7    F
They've all gone away.

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London Bridge

F                                          C7               F
London bridge is falling down, falling down, falling down,
F                                          C7       F
London bridge is falling down, my fair lady

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Little Bo-peep

C                         G7
Little Bo-peep has lost her sheep
       C                                     G
And doesn’t know where to find them
C                               G7
Leave them alone and they will come home
C                   G7             C
Wagging their tails behind them

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This Old Man

C                                         F (optional)                 G
This old man, he played one, he played knick-knack on my thumb
          C
With a knick-knack patty whack, give a dog a bone
G
This old man came rolling home

C                                         F (optional)                 G
This old man, he played two, he played knick-knack on my shoe
          C
With a knick-knack patty whack, give a dog a bone
G
This old man cam rolling home

….three….on my knee

….four….on my door

….five….on my hive

….six….on my sticks

….seven…up to heaven

….eight….on my gate

….nine….all the time

….ten….once again

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Old MacDonald Had a Farm

G                     C      G          D7 G
Old MacDonald had a farm, e-i-e-i-o
  G                         C             G            D7 G
And on this farm he had some chicks, e-i-e-i-o
      G
With a chick, chick here and a chick, chick there
G
Here a chick, there a chick, everywhere a chick, chick
G                     C       G         D7 G
Old MacDonald had a farm, e-i-e-i-o

Repeat with any animal you like!

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See Saw, Margery Daw

C     G7   C          G7
See-saw, Margery Daw,
C                 G7              C
Johnny shall have a new master
C           G7           C          G7
He shall earn but a penny a day
  C                      G7          C
Because he won't work any faster

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Here We Go Looby Loo

C
Here we go looby loo,
                          G7
Here we go looby light,
C
Here we go looby loo,
G7                      C
All on a Saturday night


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Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

C                      F     C
Twinkle, twinkle little star
F       C         G           C
How I wonder what you are
C    F              C         G
Up above the world so high
C        F           C      G
Like a diamond in the sky
C                      F     C
Twinkle, twinkle little star
F       C         G7          C
How I wonder what you are

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Round the Mulberry Bush

G
Here we go 'round the mulberry bush,
     D7
the mulberry bush, the mulberry bush.
G
Here we go 'round the mulberry bush,
        D7                   G
On a cold and frosty morning.


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Farmer in the Dell

F
Farmer in the dell, the farmer in the dell
                                                  C7     F
Heigh oh, the derry oh, the farmer in the dell.

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Jack and Jill


C                         G
Jack and Jill went up the hill
      C                 G
to fetch a pail of water
C                           G7
Jack fell down and broke his crown
       C            G7         C
And Jill came tumbling after

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Baa Baa Black Sheep

C                              F                  C
Baa baa black sheep have you any wool
F          C          G7            C
Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full
C               F               C              G7
One for my master and one for my dame
C               F                  C      G7         C
One for the little boy who lives down the lane

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Round and Round the Garden

(no guitar needed)

Round and round the garden
Went the teddy bear
One step, two step
Tickle you under there

Round and round the haystack
Went the little mouse
One step, two steps
In his little house

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Incy Wincy Spider

D                                  A                D
Incy Wincy spider climb up the water spout
D                                  A                        D
Down came the rain and washed poor Incy out
G                   D                  A                   D
Out came the sunshine and dried up all the rain
     D                                 A                D
So Incy Wincy spider went up the spout again

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Frere Jacques

C
Frere Jacques, Frere Jacques

Dormez-vous, dormez-vous?

Sonnez les matines, sonnez les matines,
G             C       G            C
Ding-dang-dong, ding-dang-dong

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Little Miss Muffet

D                        A
Little Miss Muffet sat on her tuffet
D                             A
Eating her curds and weigh
G
Along came a spider and
D
Sat down beside her
      A                                D
And frightened Miss Muffet away

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Row Row Row Your Boat

A
Row row row your boat gently down the steam
A                                            E
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily life is just a dream

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Ten in the Bed

G
There were ten in the bed
G
And the little one said, ‘Roll over, Roll over’
G
So they all rolled over and one fell out

There were nine in the bed….(etc)

There was one in the bed
And the little one said, ‘Goodnight’

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This Little Piggy

(no guitar needed)

This little piggy went to market
This little piggy stayed at home
This little piggy had roast beef
This little piggy had none
But this little piggy, cried wee wee wee wee
All the way home

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The Wheels on the Bus

C
The wheels on the bus go round and round
G
Round and round, round and round
C
The wheels on the bus go round and round
G
All through the town

The people on the bus go up and down……

The wipers on the bus go swish, swish, swish….

The horn on the bus goes beep, beep, beep…..

The money on the bus goes click, click, click…..

The drive on the bus says “move on back”…..


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Three Blind Mice

C       G     C       C      G     C
Three blind mice, three blind mice
C    G            C     C    G           C
See how they run, see how they run
        F        G          C
They all ran after the farmers wife
       F               G              C
She cut off their tails with a carving knife
            F      G              C
Did you ever see such a thing in your life
    C       G     C
As three blind mice


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Down by the station

D                 A                          D
Down by the Station early in the morning
D                                     A        D
See the little puffing billies all in a row
D                             A                D
See the engine driver pull the little lever
D                          A
Puff, puff, puff and away we go.

D                           A               D
Down by the Harbor early in the morning
D                           A        D
See the little ferries all in a row
D                             A                 D
See the busy captain pull the little whistle
D                   A       D
toot toot, toot off we go

D                          A               D
Down at the airport early in the morning
D                             A        D
See the big airplanes all in a row
D                           A                     D
See the clever pilot rolling down the runway
D               A       D
Brrrroooom off we go

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Five Little Ducks

C                             F          C
Five little ducks went out one day
C           F         G
Over the hill and far away
C                                    F                   C
Mother duck said “Quack, quack, quack, quack.”
C           F           G                C
But only four little ducks came back

(Repeat for four, three and two ducks)

One little duck went out one day
Over the hill and far away
Mother duck said “Quack, quack, quack, quack.”
But none of the five little ducks came back

Sad mother duck went out one day
Over the hill and far away
Sad mother duck said “Quack, quack, quack, quack.”
And all of the five little ducks came back


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Do Your Ears Hang Low?


G
Do your ears hang low?
G
Do they wobble to and fro?
G
Can you tie them in a knot?
D
Can you tie them in a bow?
D          G
Can you throw them o'er your shoulder
G
Like a Regimental Soldier?
G                 D      G
Do your ears hang low?

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I’m a Little Teapot

C                        F            C
I'm a little teapot, short and stout
F               C         G             C
Here is my handle, here is my spout
C                                      F          C
When I get all steamed up, hear me shout
       F        C           G          C
Just tip me over and pour me out!

C                           F        C
I'm a clever teapot, yes it's true
F            C               G              C
Here's an example of what I can do
C                                  F       C
I can change my handle to my spout
       F        C           G          C
Just tip me over and pour me out

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Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

G
Heads, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes
G                                         D
Heads, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes

       G                         C
And eyes and ears and mouth and nose
D7                                       G
Heads, shoulders, knees and toes

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Six Little Ducks

D                          A
Six little ducks that I once knew
A                                D
Fat ones, skinny ones, fair ones, too
D                                           A
But the one little duck with the feather on his back
A                                 D        A         D
He led the others with a quack, quack, quack
A                               D
Quack, quack, quack, quack, quack, quack
D                                            A        D
He led the others with a quack, quack, quack

D                       A
Down to the river they would go
A                                             D
Wibble, wobble, wibble, wobble, to and fro
D                                           A
But the one little duck with the feather on his back
A                                 D         A        D
He led the others with a quack, quack, quack
A                               D
Quack, quack, quack, quack, quack, quack
D                                            A        D
He led the others with a quack, quack, quack

D                           A
Back from the river they would come
A                                             D
Wibble, wobble, wibble, wobble, ho, hum, hum
D                                           A
But the one little duck with the feather on his back
A                                 D         A        D
He led the others with a quack, quack, quack
A                               D
Quack, quack, quack, quack, quack, quack
A                                            A        D
He led the others with a quack, quack, quack


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Little Jack Horner

G                        C
Little Jack Horner sat in a corner
G                            C
Eating his chistmas pie
   G
He put in his thumb
   C
and pulled out a plum,
   G                                         C
and said, "What a good boy, am I!"


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The Grand Old Duke of York

D
Oh the grand old Duke of York
     A
He had ten thousand men
     D                                 G
He marched them up to the top of the hill
       D                        A      D
And he marched them down again
      D
And when they were up they were up
      A
And when they were down they were down
      D                             G
And when they were only half way up
                D         A       D
They were neither up nor down

(repeat)

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Sing a Song of Sixpence


C
Sing a song of sixpence a pocket full of rye
C                                     G
Four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie
C                                           G
When the pie was opened they all began to sing
        C                  F                  G                  C
Now, wasn’t that a dainty dish to set before the king

C
The King was in his counting house, counting out his money
C                                        G
The queen was in the parlour eating bread and honey
C                                       G
The maid was in the garden hanging out the clothes
C                           F                    G                   C
When down came a black bird and pecked off her nose

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Pat a Cake

(no guitar needed)

Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake
Bakers man
Bake me a cake
As fast as you can

Poke it and pat it
And mark it with B
And put it in the oven
For Baby and me


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