This is the latest sketch for this rhyme. While it works reasonably well, I think it’s still a little to old for pre-schoolers. I’ve been simplifying it with every try, believing there is more simplification to be achieved… In my mind it should be less about the Grand Old Duke and more about the way the words look when they are sung.
Sounds easy when I say it that way.
The Grand Old Duke of York
In 1460, Richard, The Duke of York and his army marched to his castle at Sandal to defend it against the Lancastrian army. Sandal Castle was built on top of a man-made hill 33 feet (10m) above the ground. In a moment of madness he decided to attack the Lancastrians (“ he marched them down again”). His army was overwhelmed and Richard the Duke of York was killed. A similar Nursery rhyme is The King of France went up the hill.