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"Down by the Bay" Lyrics, Text Format

A challenging round where entrances occur on the second beat and end on the first half of the first beat. Excellent for counting silent whole and half beats (rests).



  • Grade: Third
  • Origin: USA – Traditional Round
  • Key: F Major
  • Time: 2/4
  • Form: AB
  • Rhythm: advanced: | ta (ti) (ta ) | (ta ) ti ti |
    | ti ti ti ti | ta ta | ta/a| ti (ti) ti ti |
  • Pitches: intermediate: So Do Re Mi Fa So
  • Intervals: beginners: two intervals: one entrance: Re/So, and Do\So/Do – melody moves primarily by stepping up and down the staff
  • Musical Elements: notes: half, quarter, eighth: rests: quarter (11), eighth (7); pickup beat, two part round, tied note
  • Key Words: lyrics explain singing a round, two part round, singing in parts, teaching part singing with rounds, come, along, sing, song, follow, easy, repeat, till, complete; contraction: tune’s (tune is), abbreviation: ev’ry (every)

“Follow Me”

Come along,
Sing a song.
Follow me:
It is easy as you see.

Every day,
In this way,
Just repeat
Till the tune’s complete.

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