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"The Canary" Lyrics, Text Format

Sixteenth rhythms and tempo changes for bird sounds.


  • Grade: First
  • Origin: Emilie Poulsson, Eleanor Smith
  • Key: C Major
  • Time: 3/8
  • Form: AaBCBC
  • Rhythm: intermediate: | ti ti ti | ta/ | ti ri ti ri ti ri |
  • Pitches: intermediate: Do Re Mi Fa So La
  • Intervals: intermediate: Fa/La, La\Re, Re/So, So\Mi, Mi\Do, Fa\Re
  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted quarter, eighth, sixteenth; tempo: allegro, poco rit. (ritardando); dynamics: piano/soft, mezzo forte/medium loud, crescendo, decrescendo
  • Key Words: animal science, bird sounds, canary

“The Canary”


Yellow canary is trying his wings;
Here he flies, there he flies, then sits and sings:
“Twitter, twitter, twitter, twee-wee-wee!
Tira, tira, tira, lee!
“Twitter, twitter, twitter, twee-wee-wee!
Tira, tira, tira, lee!”

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