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"My Old Kentucky Home," Lyrics, Text Format
"My Old Kentucky Home," Lyrics, Text Format

Intermediate syncopation, dynamics: mf, f,
with a ritardando and caesura.



  • Grade: Fifth
  • Origin: USA – Stephen Foster (1826-1864), circa. 1853
  • Key: G Major
  • Time: 4/4
  • Form: AAB – verse/verse/refrain
  • Rhythm: intermediate: | ta ta ta ti ti |
    | ti/ ri ti ti ta (ti) ti | ti ti (ti) ti ti ti (ti) ti | syncopation, | ta/a/a (ti) ti | ti/ ri ti ti ta ti/ ri | syncopation, | ta ta ti ti ti/ ri | syncopation,
    | ti ti ti ti ta/ ti | syncopation, | ta/ ti ta ta | syncopation, | ti ta/ (ta) ti | syncopation,
    | ta/a (ta) ti ti | ti/ ri ti ti ta_ // ti ti | (_=fermata),
    (//=caesura), | ti/ ri ti ti ta ti/ ri | syncopation
  • Pitches: intermediate: La Ti Do Re Mi Fa So La
  • Intervals: intermediate: Mi\Do (M3), Fa/La (M3), So\Do (P5), Do/Fa (P4), Re\Ti M3), So\Mi (m3), Do\La/Do (m3)
  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted half, half, dotted quarter, quarter, dotted eighth, eighth, sixteenth; rest: quarter, eighth; pickup beat, repeat signs, first and second endings, syncopation, two double barlines, fermata, caesura (railroad tracks/silent pause), ritardando (rit.); dynamics: mezzo forte/medium loud, forte/loud, verse/verse/chorus
  • Key Words: USA history, USA geography: Kentucky; shines, bright, summer, folks, gay, corn tops, ripe, meadows, birds make music, cabin floor, merry, happy, bright, hard times, goodnight, weep lady possum, coon (raccoon), shore, glimmer, shadow, heart, sorrow, delight, bow, bend, wanderer trouble, sugar canes, weary load, trotter; contractions: ’tis (it tis), by’n (by and), ’twill (it will); abbreviations: knockin’ (knockin), o’re (over); possessives: top’s, meadow’s
  • Recorder: intermediate: introducing F#, caesura (railroad tracks/silent pause), ritardando (rit.), syncopation

“My Old Kentucky Home” 

1. The sun shines bright in the old Kentucky home,
‘Tis summer, the old folks are gay.
The corn top’s ripe and the meadow’s in the bloom,
While the birds make music all the day.
The young folks roll on the little cabin floor,
All merry, all happy and bright.
By’n by hard times come a-knockin’ at the door,
Then my old Kentucky home, goodnight.
Weep no more my lady,
Oh weep no more today.
We will sing one song for the old Kentucky home,
For the old Kentucky home, far away.
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