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"Donkey Riding" Lyrics, Text Format

Introducing harmony using a two part refrain.

  • Grade: Third
  • Origin: Canada – Dock-Workers Song
  • Key: D Major
  • Time: 2/4
  • Form: AB
  • Rhythm: intermediate: | ti/ ri ti ti | syncopation,
    | ti ti ta | ti ti ti ti | ti ti ri ti ti ri | ta ti/ ri | syncopation, | ta ta |
  • Pitches: intermediate: melody: So Do Re Mi Fa So La Do; 2nd part: La Ti Do Re Mi Fa
  • Intervals: advanced: melody: Fa\Re, Do/Mi, Re/So, So\Do, So\Mi, Do/La/Do8, Do8\So, Re/So; second part: Re\Ti, Do/Fa
  • Musical Elements: notes: quarter, dotted eighth, eighth, sixteenth; syncopation, two part, singing in parts, reading two parts, two part harmony, verse/refrain
  • Key Words: world geography, North America, Canada, Sea Chanty, dock loader, dock worker, Quebec, stowing, timber, deck, golden, crown, donkey, Horn of Africa, lion, unicorn, sailing round the world; contraction: there’s (there is), it’s (it is)

“Donkey Riding” 

1. Were you ever in Quebec,
Stowing timber on the deck?
Where there’s a king with a golden crown,
Riding on a donkey.
Hey, ho! Away we go!
Donkey riding, donkey riding,
Hey, ho!! Away we go,
Riding on a donkey.
Were you ever off the Horn,
Where it’s always fine and warm?
Seen the lion and the unicorn,
Riding on a donkey.
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