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"Big Rock Candy Mountain," Lyrics, Text Format

Straight and dotted syncopation within a melody
which has no leading tone.


  • Grade: Fifth
  • Origin: USA – Folk Song, circa. 1920’s
  • Key: C Major
  • Time: 4/4
  • Form: phrases: ABACDEF – song: AB
  • Rhythm: intermediate: | ta ta ta ta | ta ta/a ti ti |
    | ta/a (ta) ti ti | ti ti ti ta ti ti | ta ti ti ta ti ti |
    | ta ta ta/ ti | syncopation, | ta ta/a ti/ ri | syncopation, | ti ti ta ta ti ti | ta ta ta ti ti |
  • Pitches: intermediate: Do Re Mi Fa So La Do – no leading tone: seventh (7, Ti)
  • Intervals: intermediate: Mi/So (m3), La\Fa/La (M3), La/Do\La (m3), So\Re (P4), Re/Fa (m3), So\Do/So (P4), Fa/Do (P5)
  • Musical Elements: notes: half, dotted quarter, quarter, dotted eighth, eighth, sixteenth; pickup beat, fermata, melodic rhythm patterns
  • Key Words: USA history, hobo, daydreams, “Hobo Paradise,” “Hobo Heaven,” land, fair bright, handouts, bushes, sleep, night, boxcars, empty, shines, snow, rain, wind, blow, sycamore tree, soda water, water fountain, lemonade, springs, bluebird sings; contractions: that’s (that is), doesn’t (does not), there’s (there is); abbreviation: buzzin’ (buzzing) I’m (I am), isn’t (is not)
  • Recorder: intermediate: alternating repeated pitches, four measure phrases

“Big Rock Candy Mountain” 

In the Big Rock Candy Mountains*,
There’s a land that’s fair and bright,
Where the handouts grow on bushes
And you sleep out every night.
Where the boxcars all are empty
And the sun shines every day.
Oh, I’m bound to go where there isn’t any snow,
Where the rain doesn’t fall and the wind doesn’t blow,
In the Big Rock Candy Mountain.
Oh, the buzzin’ of the bees in the sycamore trees
Round the soda water fountain,
Where the lemonade springs and the bluebird sings
In the Big Rock Candy Mountain.

*Hobo’s dream of paradise.

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