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"The Derby Ram," Lyrics, Text Format

Mastering the 6/8 rhythm ta ti ta ti, practicing the intervals La/Do and Do\La, with an ascending tonic arpeggio.


  • Grade: Fourth
  • Origin: England – Folk Song
  • Key: F Major
  • Time: 6/8
  • Form: AA, verse/refrain
  • Rhythm: beginners: | ta ti ta ti | ta/a ti | syncopation
  • Pitches: intermediate: So La Do Re Mi So La – pentatonic scale
  • Intervals: intermediate: La/Do, Do\La, So/Do/Mi/So ascending tonic arpeggio, So\Mi
  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; tied notes, pickup beat, arpeggio, syncopation
  • Key Words: world geography, Derby, England, sheep herding, sheep farming, wool, finest, fed, hay, drug (verb), believe, hauled, farmer’s market, weighed, ten thousand, pounds, parts of a ram (sheep): wool, horns; reached, moon, butcher, February, June; contraction: it’s (it is), don’t (do not), you’ll (you will); possessives: summer’s, ram’s

“The Derby Ram” 

1. As I went down to Derby town,
All on a summer’s day,
It’s there I saw the finest ram,
That’s ever fed on hay.
And if you don’t believe me,
And think I tell a lie,
Just you go down to Derby,
And you’ll see the same as I.
The wool upon the ram’s back
It drug to the ground,
I hauled it to the market,
And it weighed ten thousand pounds.
3. The horns upon this ram’s head
They reached to the moon,
The butcher went up on February,
And never got back till June.
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