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"Giddy Up, Little Horses" Lyrics, Text Format

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)

“Giddy Up, Little Horses” 

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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