Beginners syncopation with the pentatonic scale,
arpeggios built on the tonic (Do) and the sixth (La),
while contrasting straight and syncopated rhythms.
- Grade: Fourth
- Origin: USA, Kentucky – Play Song
- Key: F Major
- Time: 2/4
- Form: staves: ABACD – song: AB, verse/refrain
- Rhythm: beginners: | ti ti ti/ ri | syncopation,
| ti ti ta | ta/a | ti/ ri ta | syncopation
- Pitches: beginners: La Do Re Mi So La – pentatonic scale
- Intervals: intermediate: Mi/So, La8\Mi, Do/Mi/So ascending tonic arpeggio, Do\La/Do, Mi\Do\La descending vi arpeggio (Dm), La/Mi, La/Do
- Musical Elements: notes: half, quarter, dotted eighth, eighth; tonic arpeggio, vi arpeggio (Dm), contrasting straight rhythms to dotted syncopated rhythms (measures 1/3, 5/7, and 9-12), verse/refrain
- Key Words: USA history, USA geography: Kentucky, jubilee (50th anniversary), dance tune, jubilee dance, railroad, hard work, farm work, easy work, horse, rocky road, true love, arm, half a chance, up and down, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, contractions: I’d (I would), they’ll (they will); abbreviations: swingin’ (swinging), crawlin’ crawling), darlin’ (darling); homonym: see/sea
|1.||All out on the old railroad,
All out on the sea;
All out on the old railroad,
Far as I can see.
|Swing and turn,
Live and learn,
|Hardest work I ever done,
Working on the farm.
Easiest work I ever done was
Swingin’ my true love’s arm.
|3.||If I had no horse at all,
I’d be found a-crawlin’,
Up and down this rocky road,
Lookin’ for my darlin’.
|4.||Some will come on Saturday night,
Some will come on Sunday;
If you give ’em half a chance,
They’ll be back on Monday.
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