Sheet Music: I Don't Want To Play In Your Yard

TitleI Don't Want To Play In Your Yard
Alternate titlesTwo Little Maids
See, see my playmate
Say, say my enemy
ComposerHenry W. Petrie (1857–1925)
InstrumentationFlute and Piano
KeyF major
Time signature3/4
Tempo126 BPM
Performance time1:20
Difficulty leveleasy
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Date added2015-05-22
Last updated2015-05-22
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20th century


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Friday 22 May 2015

Tune of the Day: I Don't Want To Play In Your Yard

Transcribed for flute and piano

This parlor song, also known under the titles “Two Little Maids” and “See, See My Playmate”, was written by American popular music composer Henry W. Petrie in 1894, to words by Philip Wingate.

Once there lived side by side, two little maids, Used to dress just alike, hair down in braids, Blue ging'am pinafores, stockings of red, Little sun bonnets tied on each pretty head.

When school was over secrets they'd tell, Whispering arm in arm, down by the well, One day a quarrel came, hot tears were shed: “You can't play in our yard,” but the other said:

I don't want to play in your yard,
I don't like you anymore,
You'll be sorry when you see me,
Sliding down our cellar door,
You can't holler down our rainbarrel,
You can't climb our apple tree,
I don't want to play in your yard,
If you won't be good to me.

Thanks to Steve for suggesting this tune!