Simple Nursery Rhymes for Piano: Oranges and Lemons

Part of our nursery rhymes series.

Here we present the original illustrations, printed music, printable music and MP3 audio for the nursery rhyme Oranges and Lemons.

Original Printed Score

This original music appeared in the 1911 book “Our Old Nursery Rhymes”. This image is not of high enough quality to print in full size so we have provided a PDF file transcription below.

Printable PDF Transcription

This PDF file contains the transcribed music and lyrics. It can be downloaded at the link below.

MP3 Audio

Listen to the MP3 audio file below.


“Oranges and lemons,” say the bells of St. Clements;
“You owe me five farthings,” say the bells of St. Martins;
“When will you pay me?” say the bells of Old Bailey;
“When I grow rich,” say the bells of Shoreditch;
“When will that be?” say the bells of Stepney;
“I do not know,” says the great bell of Bow;
Here comes a candle to light you to bed,
And here comes a chopper to chop off your head!