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"The Band Played On," Lyrics, Text Format

Introducing the lowered/natural seventh, Te, the raised/sharped
fifth, Si, and longer phrases to strengthen breath control.


  • Grade: Fourth
  • Origin: USA – words: John F. Palmer – music: Charles B. Ward (composed 1895)
  • Key: G Major
  • Time: 3/4
  • Form: ABCD
  • Rhythm: beginners: | ta ta ta | ta/a/a | ta/a ti ti |
    | ta ta/ ti | syncopation
  • Pitches: advanced: So Si La Te Ti Do Re Mi Fa – natural/lowered seventh (Te), sharped/ raised fifth, (Si)
  • Intervals: advanced: Do/Mi\Do, Ti/Mi\Ti, La/Do\La, Ti/Fa, Fa\La, Ti/Re\Ti, So/Mi, Mi\So, So/Do, Ti\Te, La/Re, La\Si/La, Mi\La
  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted half, half, dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; tied notes, syncopation, lowered seventh (natural) Te, sharped fifth (raised) Si, long phrases develop breath control
  • Key Words: United States history, waltz, strawberry blond, glide, adored, loaded, exploded, alarm, strawberry curl, band played on; contraction: he’d (he would); abbreviations: ‘cross (across), ne’er (never)



“The Band Played On”

Casey would waltz with the strawberry blond,
And the band played on;
He’d glide ‘cross the floor with the girl he adored,
And the band played on;
But his brain was so loaded, it nearly exploded,
The poor girl would shake with alarm;
He’d ne’er leave the girl with the strawberry curl,
And the band played on.

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