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I noticed when my baby sisters are listening to a certain melody, I start singing Itsy Bitsy Spider or Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star. This makes me wonder if they are the same melody with different lyrics.

Are they the same song?

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    I'd be interested to hear the piece of music that you're describing, because I cannot correlate the two melodies in my head. Among other differences, Itsy Bitsy Spider is a swing rhythm, wheras Twinkle Twinkle Little Star is straight. I cannot understand how they can be confused. Please link to the melody that made you think of both songs, if possible. – Doctor Jones Nov 7 '18 at 11:46
  • Downvoted and deleted my answer, which I gave thinking this was an actual question. In the common sense, they are not the same songs. Their melodies are very different. Whoever does not know the difference between the two songs is very dumb. You just retain your dumbness, and then awkwardly ask this here? What's the point? – Maika Sakuranomiya 2 hours ago
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No. They are both simple melodies, but they're different.

This is Twinkle - Twinkle Little Star:

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This is The Itsy Bitsy Spider:

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  • This question reminded me of something, so I went on a hunt... the movie Heartburn, 1986 - Coming Around Again / Itsy Bitsy Spider - Carly Simon I'd forgotten just how good a song that was. – Tetsujin Nov 7 '18 at 8:46
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    On a related note, "Twinkle twinkle, little star" is basically the same melody as "Baa baa, black sheep", both of which are based on an 18th century French song: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ah!_vous_dirai-je,_maman – Guy G Nov 7 '18 at 10:43
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    @GuyG as well as the alphabet / "ABC" song, at least the version I've always heard here in the US. – sǝɯɐſ Nov 7 '18 at 12:59
  • The melody is also often falsely attributed to Mozart. He did 12 variations on the French folk song Ah! Vouz dirai je maman (m.youtube.com/watch?v=Ezvj-De6bxY) That said, it’s quite cool to listen to. – Nishka Arora Sep 27 at 15:28
  • Not quite the same as the "ABC" song, the way I learned it. 'S' and 'X' would both be half notes, rather than two quarter notes. Admittedly, that's an extremely minor change. – Donald.McLean Sep 27 at 18:28

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