Baa Baa Black Sheep is an old traditional nursery rhyme. The earliest version of the song dates back to 1732. The current version with the melody has been published in 1744. Unfortunately, the songwriter is unknown. Several attempts have been made to find out more about the hisotry and the meaning of this ryhme. The song may refer to the slave trade in the southern United States in order to underline that the wool of black sheep could be easily used for black cloth without dyeing. However, there is not historical evidence for this version.
The nursery rhyme is sung with the French melody Ah! vous dirai-je, maman. Some other songs for kids use the same melody as well, such as Twinkle Twinkle Little Star or the Alphabet Song. It’s a nursery rhyme that is much fun to sing for young kids and also easy to play on the guitar for beginner.
Chords and Lyrics for Baa Baa Black Sheep
The strumming version of Baa Baa Black Sheep is really easy. You only have to know the basic chords G, C and D, which are part of every first guitar lessons.
GBaa, baa, black sheep,
CHave you any Gwool?
CYes, sir, Gyes, sir,
DThree bags Gfull.
One for the Cmaster,
Gone for the Ddame,
And Gone for the Clittle boy
who Glives down the Dlane.
Sheet Music and Tabs for Baa Baa Black Sheep
Once you master the strummed version of the nursery rhyme, you can move forward learning the fingerpicked version. Therefore, you can either use the tabs or music sheet if you know how to read music. Reading music for those simple songs is in general not difficult and quite fast to learn. The PDF download is coming very soon.
Baa Baa Black Sheep Printables
Make your guitar lessons and playing more fun for kids! The Ebook Easy Guitar Songs For Kids features printables of the song Baa Baa Black Sheep! Check it out!
Learn another easy nursery rhyme:
Five little Ducks
Itsy Bitsy Spider
Mary had a little Lamb
Old MacDonald had a Farm
Row row row your Boat
Twinkle twinkle little Star
Wheels on the Bus