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"Colorado Trail," Lyrics, Text Format

Advanced syncopation, descending submediant arpeggio (vi, Am),
using an extended pentatonic scale.



  • Grade: Fifth
  • Origin: USA – Cowboy Song
  • Key: C Major
  • Time: Common Time, 4/4
  • Form: Aa – verse/refrain
  • Rhythm: advanced: | ta/a ti/ ri | syncopation,
    | ti ta/ ta/a | syncopation, | ta/a ta ta | ta/a/a/a |
    | ti ta/ ta/ ti | syncopation, | ti ta/ ta ta | syncopation, | ta ta ti ta/ | syncopation
  • Pitches: beginners: La Do Re Mi So La Do – extended pentatonic scale
  • Intervals: intermediate: Mi/So (m3), So\Re (P4),
    La8/Do8 (m3), Do8\So (P4), La8\Mi (P4), Do\La/Do (m3), La\Mi\Do descending submediant (vi, Am)
  • Musical Elements: notes: whole, half note, dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; syncopation, submediant arpeggio, vocal slurs, verse/chorus
  • Key Words: USA history, westward expansion, USA geography: Colorado, Abilene, Texas; lover’s lament, cowboy song, morning star, rose cheeks, pretty, God, Almighty, weep, rains, winds, wail, along, lonely night, through, herd, dark, stormy night, dark sky, warm and dry, climate: abbreviation: movin’ (a moving); possessive adjective: its; contraction: I’d (I would)


“Colorado Trail” 
1. Eyes like a morning star,
Cheeks like a rose,
Laura was a pretty girl,
God Almighty knows.
Weep all you little rains,
Wail, winds, wail.
All along, along, along,
That Colorado Trail.
Ride, all the lonely night
Ride through the day,
Keep the herd a-movin’ on
Movin’ on its way.
3. Dark is the stormy night
Dark is the sky,
Wish I’d stayed in Abilene
Nice and warm and dry.
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