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Simple Simon | Beginner Orff Arrangement Sheet Music

Simple Simon is a classic nursery rhyme which dates back to the 18th century England. The first publication of the rhyme was in an illustrated ballad chapbook in 1695. It was also the earliest reference to the character and was titled “Simple Simon’s Misfortunes and his Wife Margery’s Cruelty.” It tells about the story of Simple Simon’s adventures after the first day of his marriage with his cruel wife.

This Orff orchestration is perfect for second through fourth grade students. The parts are easy to play, and will require very little practice. Your fourth grade students may enjoy playing the melody on recorder. Click the link below to listen to the arrangement.

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Simple Simon | Beginner Orff Orchestration Sheet Music

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Lyrics for ‘Simple Simon

Simple Simon met a pieman,
Going to the fair;
Says Simple Simon to the pieman,
“Let me taste your ware.”

Says the pieman to Simple Simon,
“Show me first your penny,”
Says Simple Simon to the pieman,
“Indeed, I have not any.”

Simple Simon went a-fishing
For to catch a whale;
All the water he could find
Was in his mother’s pail!

Simple Simon went to look
If plums grew on a thistle;
He pricked his fingers very much,
Which made poor Simon whistle.

He went to catch a dicky bird,
And thought he could not fail,
Because he had a little salt,
To put upon its tail.

He went for water with a sieve,
But soon it ran all through;
And now poor Simple Simon
Bids you all adieu.

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