Syncopation pattern ti ta ti ta in 2/2 counted as 4/4.
- Grade: Fourth
- Origin: USA – Traditional, cir. 1844
- Key: D Major
- Time: 2/2 – counted in 4/4
- Form: AB verse/refrain
- Rhythm: intermediate: | ta ta ta ta | ta ta ta/a |
| ta/a/a a | ti ti ta ta ti ti | ti ta ti ta/a | syncopation, | ti ta ti ta ta | syncopation,
| ta ti ti ta ti ti |
- Pitches: intermediate: Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do
- Intervals: intermediate: So\Do, So\Mi/So, Fa\Re, Re/La, Fa/La, So/Do8, Mi/So/Do ascending tonic arpeggio
- Musical Elements: notes: dotted half, half, quarter, eighth; pickup beat, syncopation, verse/refrain
- Key Words: USA history, minstrel performers, USA geography: Buffalo, NY, courting song, nonsense lyrics, gal (girl), chanced, pretty, fair to see, moon light, sidewalk, wife, marry; contractions: won’t (will not), she’d (she would), I’d (I would)
As I was walking down the street
|Oh, Buffalo Gals won’t you come out tonight,
Come out tonight, come out tonight?
Oh, Buffalo Gals won’t you come out tonight,
And dance by the light of the moon.
|I asked her if she’d stop and talk,
Stop and talk, stop and talk,
Her feet took up the whole sidewalk,
And left no room for me.
|3.||I asked her if she’d be my wife,
Be my wife, be my wife,
Then I’d be happy all my life,
If she would marry me.
A popular American minstrel song.
Performers changed the location as they traveled.
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