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"Doney Gal," Lyrics, Text Format

Practicing the ascending major sixth (M6)
and the descending minor sixth (m6).


  • Grade: Fifth
  • Origin: USA, Oklahoma – Cowboy Song*
  • Key: G Major – pentatonic scale
  • Time: 3/4
  • Form: AB, refrain/verse
  • Rhythm: beginners: | ta/a ti ti | ta ta ta |
    | ta ta ta_|_a/a ti ti | ta/ ti ta | syncopation,
    | ta/ ti ti ti | syncopation, (_=tie)
  • Pitches: intermediate: Mi So La Do Re Mi So – pentatonic scale
  • Intervals: advanced: So/Mi8 (M6), Do\Mi (m6), Mi/So (m3), La/Do (m3), Do/Mi8/So8 ascending tonic arpeggio (I, G), So8\Mi8\Do descending tonic arpeggio (I, G), Do\La (m3), So/Do (P5), So\Mi/So (m3), Mi8/So8\Mi8 (m3)
  • Musical Elements: notes: half, dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; pickup beat, tied notes, vocal slur, tonic arpeggios, imperfect ending: melody does not resolve to the tonic, ending on the dominate (So), which is sympolic of the wide open spaces and never ending cycles in the life of a cowboy
  • Key Words: USA history, USA geography: Oklahoma; westward expansion, cowboy song, cowboy horse song, life of a cowboy, rain, wind, hail, dogies (young cow), range, break of day, weary, rope, brand, ride, sing, trail: contractions: we’re (we are), we’ll (we will), he’s (he is), it’s (it is); abbreviation: drivin’ (driving); possessive: cowboy’s

*Notated by John Lomax in 1910, from the singing of Louise Henson, San Antonio, Texas

“Doney Gal” 
We’re alone, Doney Gal, in the wind and hail,
Gotta drive those dogies down the trail.
1. We’ll ride the range from sun to sun,
For a cowboy’s work is never done,
He’s up and gone at the break of day,
Drivin’ the dogies on their weary way.
A cowboy’s life is a weary thing,
For it’s rope and brand and ride and sing:
Yes, day or night in the rain or hail,
He’ll stay with his dogies out on the trail.
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