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"Cindy," Lyrics, Text Format

Excellent for assessing grade level beginning reading skills.



  • Grade: Fifth
  • Origin: USA, North Carolina – Folk Song
  • Key: F Major
  • Time: 4/4
  • Form: AB – verse/refrain
  • Rhythm: beginners: | ta ta ta ta | ta ta/a ta |
    | ta/a/a ta | ta/a ti ti ta | syncopation,
    | ta/a ta/ ti | syncopation, | ta ta ti ti ta ta
    | ta ta/a ta | syncopation
  • Pitches: beginners: So La Do Re Mi So La – extended pentatonic scale
  • Intervals: beginners: So\Mi (m3), Do/So8 (P5), Mi/So (m3), Mi\Do (M3), Do\La/Do (m3), Do\So/Do (P5); distinguishing between the minor third (m3) Do\La/Do and the perfect fourth (P4, Do\So/Do)
  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted half, half, dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; pickup beat, straight and dotted syncopation, pentatonic scale, verse/refrain
  • Key Words: USA history, USA geography: Appalachia, North Carolina, mountain music, courting song, love song, apple, passed, bite, along, needle, sew, fine, coat tails, road, ought, down south, sweet, honeybees, swarm, shapped, parlor, coolded, mortal man, mouth; abbreviations: hangin’ (hanging), ev’ry (every), contractions: she’d (she would), I’d (I would) pret’ist (prettiest), that’s (that is)
  • Recorder: intermediate: syncopated repeated pitches



1. I wish I was an apple,
A hangin’ from a tree,
And ev’ry time my Cindy passed,
She’d take a bite of me.
Get along home, Cindy, Cindy,
Get along home, Cindy, Cindy,
Get along home, Cindy, Cindy,
I’ll marry you some day.
I wish I had a needle,
As fine as I could sew,
I’d sew that gal to my coat tails
And down the road I’d go.
3. You ought to see my Cindy,
She live away down south,
She’s so sweet the honeybees
All swarm around her mouth.
4. She took me to her parlor,
She cooled me with her fan,
She said I was the pret’ist thing
That’s shaped like mortal man.
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