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"Before Dinner" Lyrics, Text Format

Adding the sixth, La, to the beginning Orff interval So\Mi.


  • Grade: First Grade
  • Origin: Zarian Folk Song
  • Key: A Major
  • Time: 2/4
  • Form: ABABaBaBcBcB
  • Rhythm: intermediate: | ti ti ti ti | ti ta ti | ta/a |
    | ti ti ta | ti ri ti ri ti ti |
  • Pitches: beginners: Mi So La, structured around the fifth pitch (So) of the major scale
  • Intervals: beginners: La\Mi, Mi/La, So\Mi, Mi/So
  • Musical Elements: notes: half, quarter, eighth, sixteenth; syncopation, multiple repeats, call and response
  • Key Words: hoe, garden, farming, jugs, pound, yellow, corn, mush, stir, eat, gather, campfire, pots, cooking



“Before Dinner” 
First we go to hoe our garden,
Ya, ya, ya, ya.
Next we carry jugs of water,
Ya, ya, ya, ya.
Then we pound the yellow corn,
Ya, ya, ya, ya.
Then we stir our pots of mash,
Ya, ya, ya, ya.
Now we eat, come gather ’round the campfire,
Ya, ya, ya, ya.
Now we eat, come gather ’round the campfire,
Ya, ya, ya, ya.
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