Early to Bed

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"Early to Bed" Old English Air


Bits of wisdom have been buried in music lyrics for as long as there have been songs. As travelling musicians imitated popular melodies from Royal Courts around Europe, the ideas and sentiments within the lyrics were often changed. These interchangeable folk melodies eventually evolved into many of the classic nursery rhymes we know today. Although the origins of most nursery rhymes can only be surmised, this month’s free sheet music download features one of well-known origin.

Benjamin Franklin’s wit and wisdom was so lyrical that it was destined to be put to a melody. In an ironic twist, a passage from the famous revolutionary’s publication Poor Richard’s Almanack found its way into an Old English Air. Enjoy this month’s free music download, Early to Bed arranged by Malcolm Lawson with lyrics by Jan L. Lawson.

Other Arrangements for "Early to Bed"


(Guitar Sheet Music)

Piano Accompaniment

(For use with solo instruments)

C Instrument

(Flute, Violin, Oboe, or Recorder)

Bb Instrument

(Trumpet, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, or Clarinet)

Eb Instrument

(Baritone Saxophone or Alto Saxophone)

F Instrument


Bass Clef Instrument

(Double Bass, Cello, Baritone Horn, Trombone, or Bassoon)


(Solo Viola)

Presto, from the 4th Movement of Divertimento, No.14

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

(includes 4 pages + cover)

Hello! Ma Baby

Joe Howard and Ida Emerson

(includes 4 pages + cover)

Capriccio "Morning Butterfly"

Johannes Brahms

(includes 5 pages + cover)

Progressive Lessons for Guitar

Mauro Giuliani

(includes 3 pages + cover)


Cécile Chaminade

(note: prints in landscape format)

Inventio 11

Johann Sebastian Bach

(includes 2 pages + cover)

Euphonic Sounds

Scott Joplin

(includes 4 pages + cover)

Why?, from "Fantastic Pieces,"
Opus 12

Robert Schumann

(includes 2 pages + cover)

Last Straw

Jack's Mannequin

(includes 8 pages + cover)

Mary Had a Little Lamb


(digital beginner notes)