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"Farewell, Spanish Ladies," Lyrics, Text Format

Sharped subdominant (Fi, F#) and dominate (Si, G#),
and a mediant octave skip (Mi/Mi) in A minor.




  • Grade: Fifth
  • Origin: England – Sea Chantey*
  • Key: A minor (pitched in C Major) 
  • Time: 3/4
  • Form: phrases: AaBC – song: AA – verse/chorus
  • Rhythm: intermediate: | ta ta ta | ta/a ti/ ri | syncopation, | ta/a ta | ti ti ta ti/ ri | syncopation
  • Pitches: advanced: Mi Fi Si La Ti Do Re Mi – raised/sharp subdominant (Fi), raised/sharp dominate (Si) functions as the leading tone for the parallel major (A Major)
  • Intervals: advanced: Mi/La (P4), La\Si/La (m2),
    Si\Mi (M3), La/Re (P4), Ti/Mi (P4), Mi\La (P5), Ti\Si(M3), Si\Fi (M2), Fi\Mi (M2), Mi/Mi8 ascending mediate octave skip
  • Musical Elements: notes: half, quarter, dotted eighth, eighth, sixteenth; pickup beat, sharp subdominant (Fi, F#), sharp dominate (Si, G#), tempo: allegretto/moderately fast (98-109 BPM); note: melody moves between A minor and its parallel major, A Major 
  • Key Words: world geography: Spain, England, Downs, Dodman, Rame Head, Plymouth, Start, Portland, Wight, Beachy, Fairlight, Dover (Dungeness), South Foreland, Ushant, Scilly; French word: adieu (long goodbye); ladies, received, Old England, short-time, rant, roar, British sailors, salt sea, strike surrounding, English Channel, sea leagues, hove (past of heave), ship, deep soundings, fathoms, squared the main yard, bore up; contractions: we’ll (we will), ’twas (it was); abbreviation: sou’west (southwest)
  • Recorder: advanced: introducing F# and G#, played in a minor tonality

*Describing a voyage from Spain to the Downs.


“Farewell, Spanish Ladies”

1. Farewell and adieu to you all, Spanish ladies,
Farewell and adieu to you, ladies of Spain;
For we’ve received order to sail for Old England,
But we hope in a short-time to see you again.
We will rant and we’ll roar like true British sailors,
We’ll rant and we’ll roar all on the salt sea.
Until we strike soundings in the channel of old England;
From Ushant to Scilly is thirty five leagues.
We hove our ship to the wind from sou’west, boys
We hove our ship to, deep soundings to take;
‘Twas forty-five fathoms, with a white sandy bottom,
So we squared our main yard and up channel did make.
3. The first land we sighted was called the Dodman,
Next Rame Head off Plymouth, off Portsmouth the Wight;
We sailed by Beachy, by Fairlight and Dover,
And then we bore up for the South Foreland light.
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