Introducing syncopation, the dotted quarter, and a melody transitioning from a center of Mi to Do.
- Grade: Second
- Origin: Tennessee, USA – Folk Song
- Key: G Major
- Time: 3/4
- Form: ABaC
- Rhythm: intermediate: | ti ti ta ta | ta ta ta |
| ti ta/ ta | syncopation, | ta (ta) ti ti |
- Pitches: beginners : Mi So La Do Re Mi – pentatonic scale
- Intervals: intermediate: Do/Mi, Do\La, So\Mi, Mi/So, La/Do
- Musical Elements: notes: dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; rest: quarter; pickup beat, vocal slur, syncopation; melody begins centered around the third (Mi) evoking a feeling of sadness during the first three phrases before ending on the true tonic (Do)
- Key Words: moving west, country life, horses, hungry, eat, hay, pony, darling, feed, belongings, ride, lonely, cabin, home, courting song, contraction: ain’t (are not)
|My horses ain’t hungry,
They won’t eat your hay,
So I’ll get on my pony,
I’m going away.
|I know you’re my Polly,
I’m not going to stay,
So come with me, darling,
We’ll feed on our way.
|3.||With all our belongings,
We’ll ride till we come
To a lonely little cabin,
We’ll call our home.
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