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"This Old Man"
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"This Old Man" Lyrics, Text Format



Sixteenth note syncopation while
rhyming the numbers 1 through 10.


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Description
 
  • Grade: Kindergarten

  • Origin: England - Folk Song

  • Key: F Major

  • Time: 2/4

  • Form: ABCD

  • Rhythm: advanced: | ti ti ta | ti ti ti ti ri | syncopation, | ti ti ti ri ti | syncopation, | ti ri ti ri ta | syncopation

  • Pitches: intermediate: Do Re Mi Fa So La

  • Intervals: intermediate: So\Mi, Mi/So, So\Do, So\Re, Re/Fa

  • Musical Elements: notes: quarter, eighth, sixteenth

  • Key Words: world geography: England; counting forwards from one (1) to ten (10), rhyming words for numbers 1-10: one/thumb, two/shoe, three/knee, four/door, five/hive, six/sticks, seven/heaven, eight/gate, nine/spine, ten/again; whack

Paddywack was a term used to describe an angry person on the early 1800's, specifically someone of Irish decent. In the United States the term paddywack has been replaced with paddy whack.


 
 


"This Old Man"

   

   
  1.
This old man, he played one,
He played knick-knack on my thumb;
With a knick-knack paddy whack,
Give a dog a bone,
This old man came rolling home.
   
   

   
  2.
This old man, he played two,
He played knick-knack on my shoe;
With a knick-knack paddy whack,
Give a dog a bone,
This old man came rolling home.
   
   

   
  3.
This old man, he played three,
He played knick-knack on my knee;
With a knick-knack paddy whack,
Give a dog a bone,
This old man came rolling home.
   
   

   
  4.
This old man, he played four,
He played knick-knack on my door;
With a knick-knack paddy whack,
Give a dog a bone,
This old man came rolling home.
   
   

   
  5.
This old man, he played five,
He played knick-knack on my hive;
With a knick-knack paddy whack,
Give a dog a bone,
This old man came rolling home.
   
   

   
  6.
This old man, he played six,
He played knick-knack on my sticks;
With a knick-knack paddy whack,
Give a dog a bone,
This old man came rolling home.
   
   

   
  7.
This old man, he played seven,
He played knick-knack up in Heaven;
With a knick-knack paddy whack,
Give a dog a bone,
This old man came rolling home.
   
   

   
  8.
This old man, he played eight,
He played knick-knack on my gate;
With a knick-knack paddy whack,
Give a dog a bone,
This old man came rolling home.
   
   

   
  9.
This old man, he played nine,
He played knick-knack on my spine;
With a knick-knack paddy whack,
Give a dog a bone,
This old man came rolling home.
   
   

   
  10.
This old man, he played ten,
He played knick-knack once again;
With a knick-knack paddy whack,
Give a dog a bone,
This old man came rolling home.
   
   
   


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HAND JIVE

This old man:

Point at self with thumb.

He played one:

Hold up one finger.

He played knick-knack:

Clap on twice for kinick-knack.

On my thumb:

Point at thumb.

With a knick-knack:

Clap twice for knick-knack.

Paddy whack:

Palms flat, criss-crossing hands twice one over the other.

Give a dog a bone:

Roll hands forward then toss imaginary bone.

This old man:

Point at self with thumb.

Came rolling home:

Roll hands backwards.



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