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"Bound for the Promised Land," Lyrics, Text Format

Minor tonality, the sixth (La) is the tonal center in the major key, intervals of a perfect fourth (P4) and minor third (m3).



  • Grade: Fifth
  • Origin: USA – Traditional
  • Key: D minor (pitched in F Major)
  • Time: 2/2 – counted in 4/4
  • Form: Aa – verse/refrain
  • Rhythm: intermediate: | ta ta ti ti ta | ta ta ta ta |
    | ta/a ta/ ti | syncopation, | ta ta ta ti ti |
    | ta/a/a ti/ ri | syncopation, | ta/ ti ti ti ta | syncopation
  • Pitches: beginners: La Ti Do Re Mi La
  • Intervals: intermediate: La/Do (m3), Re\Ti (m3), Mi\Ti (P4), Mi/La\Mi (P4), Do\La (m3)
  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted half, half, dotted quarter, quarter, dotted eighth, eighth; pickup beat, two double barlines, syncopation, minor tonality where the sixth (La) of the major scale is the tonal center, vocal slurs
  • Key Words: USA history, westward expansion, religious revivals of the 1800’s; world geography: Jordan, Canaan, Jordan River; Lord, sacred, song of Heaven, stormy, banks, cast, wishful, possessions, promised, bound, generous fruit, immortal, brooks, milk, honey, vales, soul, prepare, never-ending, everlasting, pleasures, praises, cease; possessives: Jordan’s, Canaan’s


“Bound for the Promised Land” 

1. On Jordan’s stormy banks I stand
And cast a wishful eye,
To Canaan’s fair and happy land
Where my possessions lie.
I am bound for the promised land,
Bound for the promised land;
Oh, who will come and go with me,
I am bound for the promised land.
There, generous fruits which never fail
On trees immortal grow,
There rocks and hills and brooks and vales
With milk and honey flow.
3. The Lord my soul will soon prepare
For never-ending peace,
Where everlasting pleasures roll
And praises never cease.
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