The Riddle Song (Traditional)

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  • (Posted 2004-08-10)  CPDL #07748:  Network.png PDF & MIDI files
Editor: Eva Toller (submitted 2004-08-10).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 124 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Arranged by Eva Toller. All files are available on (midi files available for each part)

General Information

Title: The Riddle Song
Composer: Anonymous (Traditional)

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: SSA
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published:
Description: Traditional English folk song.

External websites:

Original text and translations

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I gave my love a cherry, that had no stone
I gave my love a chicken, that had no bone
I gave my love a ring, that had no end
I gave my love a baby, with no cryin'

How can there be a cherry, that has no stone
How can there be a chicken, that has no bone
How can there be a ring, that has no end
How can there be a baby, with no cryin'

A cherry when it's bloomin', it has no stone
A chicken when it's hatchin', it has no bone
A ring when it's rollin', it has no end
A baby when it's sleepin, there's no cryin'