The end credits sequence of Star Trek: Picard season 3 shows sheet music: enter image description here

What song do these notes represent? I've seen people suggest it's "Pop goes the weasel", but I can't confirm because I don't have the required musical reading skills

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    Gotta be Frere Jacques eh. Or that one flute tune he learned that time he lived an entire other life in 20 minutes? Commented Apr 12, 2023 at 13:52
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    Definitely not "Frere Jacques" since that doesn't have doubled notes like this. Found a few settings for "Pop goes the weasel," and those match notes 2-10, but this goes in another direction after that.
    – DavidW
    Commented Apr 12, 2023 at 14:16
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    Looper claims (without attribution) that this is "Pop goes the weasel." Of course it also claims it's in 6/8 time, but the second full bar on the first line has 7 beats... (Classic arrangement for comparison purposes.)
    – DavidW
    Commented Apr 12, 2023 at 14:25
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    Given its significance to Data, "Pop Goes The Weasel" would certainly fit with the credits' other visual references to the characters' past and/or the plot of season 3 itself.
    – Withad
    Commented Apr 12, 2023 at 15:14
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    @DavidW it looks like it was in 6/8 until the graphics guys moved the barlines around. See also the nonsensical beaming and ties.
    – OrangeDog
    Commented Apr 13, 2023 at 9:09

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It is indeed Pop Goes the Weasel, but written quite irregularly.

I've filled in the end of the first line with what the tune normally is, but the second line is some sort of variation.

In the video below you can hear (and see) the visible tune from the screenshot.


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    Not a musical person myself so I don't know, but I suspect that it is “written irregularly” to better match Data's attempt at the tune in encounter at Farpoint? Commented Apr 13, 2023 at 14:41
  • @DavidSpillett not at all. It doesn't change anything about how it sounds. I suspect whoever made the credits just thought it looked better, and had a similar lack of musical knowledge.
    – OrangeDog
    Commented Apr 13, 2023 at 15:00
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    I find that the vast majority of musical notes used as a graphical element turn out to be either gibberish (made by an artist that has no idea how to read music), or just ripped off of something famous but irrelevant (usually Mozart or Beethoven). It's refreshing to see something that's at least related to the plot in this case. They hid a lot of stuff in there. This credit sequence is almost begging for people to pore over it frame by frame looking for stuff like that. Commented Apr 13, 2023 at 18:50

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