Three little ducks

Text:
Three little ducks went out one day,
Over the hills and far away,
Mother Duck said,
“Quack, quack, quack, quack,”
But only two little ducks came back.

Two little ducks went out one day,
Over the hills and far away,
Mother Duck said,
“Quack, quack, quack, quack,”
But only one little duck came back.

One little duck went out one day,
Over the hills and far away,
Mother Duck said,
“Quack, quack, quack, quack,”
But none of her little ducks came back.

Old Mother Duck went out one day,
Over the hills and far away,
Mother Duck said,
“Quack, quack, quack, quack,”
And all of her little ducks came back. 

About the song:  This well known children's song may begin with any number of ducks - one duck is lost each verse, until all are returne at the end.  This song uses all the notes of the major scale.

About the arrangement:  This arrangement begins with mournful tune played by the solo violin, representing the mother duck who has already lost some of her ducks.  The melody is ushered in over a march rhythm in the accompaniment.  Each verse is similar until the end of the second last verse, when the opening chords return.  This prepares the way for more luscious harmony in the last verse, where mother duck finds all her ducks again.

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