Sheet Music: Comin' Thro' the Rye

TitleComin' Thro' the Rye
Alternate titlesComing Through the Rye
Common' Frae the Town
ComposerTraditional Scottish
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyA-flat major
Time signature4/4
Tempo100 BPM
Performance time0:20
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2010-10-13
Last updated2010-10-13
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Nursery rhymes, Traditional/Folk


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Wednesday 13 October 2010

Tune of the Day: Comin' Thro' the Rye

Traditional Scottish song

Robert Burns “Comin' Thro' the Rye” is well known as a traditional children's song, with the words set to the Scottish tune “Common' Frae the Town”. This is a variant of the tune to which “Auld Lang Syne” is usually sung, but with very different rhythm and tempo.

This song provides the title of J.D. Salinger's famous novel The Catcher in the Rye. The main character, Holden Caulfield, mishears the lyric, “Gin a body meet a body/ comin' through the rye”. Thinking it is, “Gin a body catch a body/ comin through the rye”, he imagines a field of rye and kids playing in the field.