Do-Re-Mi (Do a Deer...)

by Oscar Hammerstein & Richard Rodgers (1959)

Do, a deer, a female deer.
Re, a drop of golden sun.
Me, a name I call myself.
Fa, a long long way to run.
So, a needle pulling thread.
La, a note to follow so.
Ti, a drink with jam and bread.
That will bring us back to do, oh, oh, oh…

"Do-Re-Mi" is a show tune from the 1959 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "The Sound of Music." Within the story, it is used by Maria to teach the notes of the major musical scale to the Von Trapp children who learn to sing for the first time, even though their father disallowed frivolity after their mother's death. Each syllable of the musical solfège system appears in the song's lyrics, sung on the pitch it names.