How did get this old before figuring this out?
Baa Baa Black Sheep as well, though I think I was seven (and playing it on a play-back organ) when I finally figured that one out.
I don’t get it.
Abc song, Baa baa black sheep, and Twinkle twinkle little star, share the same melody.
Baa Baa Black Sheep is a slightly more complicated variation on Twinkle Twinkle Little Star – “have you any wool?” has notes of half the length which reach a third higher than “little star”, and “little boy” briefly moves down a step then up two, where the second “little star” just moves up one step.
Bob: The two songs (and more) have exactly the same tune, and the adult in the comic never realized it until that moment.
Oh, yeah, I’ve been there with my two boys about 15 years ago.
I sing this same song to our kids. Our three-year-old hates it, but our new kid (born last month) doesn’t mind at all. Probably because she doesn’t know the words. And also is a baby.
Seeing the kid swaddled in the comic reminds me that I’d rather not be sitting in a cubicle right now. So thanks Chris. 🙁
Had a similar moment in reverse once, where I suddenly realized that the christmas carol “Away in a Manger” had two different tunes. I knew them both, by heart — but I had never realized that there were two of them.
Have you noticed “What Chlild Is This” is “Greensleeves”?
What about “old macdonald”? Sounds pretty similar as well….
It’s such a simple melody. I think it’s the only tune I can play on a piano while singing to my daughter at the same time.
In french we do have the ABC song and we have a completely different one called “Ah vous dirais-je maman” on the same melody. The lyrics don’t make any sense though.
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