Syncopation, tonic arpeggios, and an interval of a minor seventh (m7).
- Grade: Fourth
- Origin: USA – Samuel Woodworth, 1821
- Key: G Major
- Time: 4/4
- Form: AB – verse/refrain
- Rhythm: intermediate: | ti ti ti ti ti ti ti ti | running eighth notes | ta/ ti ti ti (ti) ti | syncopation,
| ti ti ti ti ti ti (ta) | ti ti ti ti ti ta ti | syncopation
- Pitches: intermediate: So La Ti Do Re Mi Fa So La
- Intervals: advanced: So8\Mi\Do descending tonic arpeggio (I, G), Do\So (P4), So/Do-Do/Mi ascending tonic arpeggio (I,G), Mi/So8 (m3), Fa\Re/Fa (m3), Do\La (m3), So/Fa (m7), Re/So8 (P4), So8\Ti (m6)
- Musical Elements: notes: dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; rests: quarter, eighth; pickup beat, verse/refrain, tonic arpeggios, running eighth notes, syncopation
- Key Words: USA; Kentucky, New Orleans; gentlemen, grace, rehearse, ditty, opportunity, conceive, hardy, freeborn, race, stranger, chase, despising toil, danger, daring, foe, annoys, alligator horses, attempted, wince, schemes, repented, rifles, occasion, hue, sooty, brags, cotton bags, spite, greater, half a horse, half an alligator, vain, booty, wisely, danger, protect; Old English: Ye (you); contractions: ’tis (it is), we’ll (we will), you’ve (you have), there’s (there is), he’d (he would), ’twas (it was); abbreviations: e’er (ever), s’pose (suppose), cock’d (cocked), flock’d (flocked), fam’d (famed), ev’ry (every), wish’d (wished)
- Recorder: intermediate: playing in G major, introducing F#, tonic arpeggios, syncopation
Packenham: Sir Edward Pakenham (1778–1815) Anglo-Irish Army Officer and Politician
Old Hickory Jackson: Andrew Jackson (1767–1845) was the seventh President of the United States (1829–1837)
|Ye gentlemen and ladies fair who grace the famous city,
Just listen if you’ve time to spare, while I rehearse a ditty;
And for an opportunity, conceive yourselves quite lucky,
For ’tis not often here you see a hunter from Kentucky.
|Oh Kentucky, the hunters of Kentucky,
Oh Kentucky, the hunters of Kentucky,
|We are a hardy freeborn race, each man to fear a stranger.
What e’er the game, we join the chase, despising toil and danger,
And if a daring foe annoys, what e’er his strength and forces,
We’ll show him that Kentucky boys are “alligator horses.”
|3.||I s’pose you’ve read it in the prints how Pakenham attempted
To make Old Hick’ry Jackson wince, but soon his schemes repented;
For we with rifles ready cock’d through such occasion lucky,
And soon around the hero flock’d the hunters of Kentucky.
|4.||You’ve herd I s’pose how New Orleans is fam’d for wealth and beauty,
There’s girls of ev’ry hue it seems, from snowy white to sooty;
So Pakenham he made his brags, if he in fight was lucky,
He’d have their girls and cotton bags, in spite of old Kentucky.
|5.||A bank was raised to hide ourselves, not that we thought of dying,
But that we always like to rest, unless the game is flying;
Behind it stood our little force-none wish’d it to be greater,
For ev’ry man was half a horse and half an alligator.
|6.||They found at last ’twas vain to fight, where lead was all their booty,
And so they wisely took a flight and left us all our beauty;
And now if danger e’er annoys, remember what our trade is;
Just send for us Kentucky boys, and we’ll protect you, ladies.
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