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"Obedient" Lyrics, Text Format

Running eighth notes racing to find the tonic Do.



  • Grade: First
  • Origin: Emilie Poulsson, Eleanor Smith
  • Key: D Major
  • Time: 6/8
  • Form: ABCD
  • Rhythm: beginners: running eighth notes
  • Pitches: intermediate: Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do
  • Intervals: beginners: So\Mi, Fa\Re
  • Musical Elements: note: eighth; rest: eighth; tempo: allegro moderato/moderately fast (86-109 BPM), dynamics: forte/loud, crescendo, decrescendo, pickup beat, tied notes
  • Key Words: character education, minding, swiftly, patter, suppose, obey, spryer, flood, leaves



Just see that child running!
How swiftly he goes!
How fast his feet patter!
What can be the matter?
And what is his hurry?
What do you suppose?
So swiftly he goes!


His mother has called him,
He runs to obey!
He could not be spryer,
For flood or for fire.
When ever she calls him
He leaves off his play
And runs to obey!

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