Excellent song to assess beginning grade level skills.
- Grade: Fifth
- Origin: USA – Western Folk Ballad
- Key: F Major
- Time: 3/4
- Form: staves: ABAB – song: AA, verse/refrain
- Rhythm: beginners: | ta ta ti/ ri | syncopation,
| ta/ ti ti ti | syncopation, | ta/a ti/ ri | syncopation
- Pitches: beginners: So Ti Do Re Mi Fa So
- Intervals: beginners: Do\So (P4), So/Mi (M6), Mi\Do (M3), Re\So (P5), So/Ti (M3),
- Musical Elements: notes: half, dotted quarter, quarter, dotted eighth, sixteenth; pickup beat, verse/refrain (same), syncopation, ballad
- Key Words: USA history/geography: California Gold Rush; cavern, canyon, excavating, mine, dwelt, miner, forty-niner, daughter, darling, forever, dreadful, fairy, herring, topses, sandals, ducklings, stubbed, splinter, foaming brine, ruby, bubbles, alas, swimmer, peak, pine, oughter, churchyard, myrtle, boughs, entwine, roses, posies, fertilize, doth, haunt, robed, garments, soaked
|1.||In a cavern by a canyon,
Excavating for a mine,
Dwelt a miner, forty-niner,
And his daughter Clementine.
|Oh, my daring, oh, my darling,
Oh, my darling Clementine,
You are lost and gone forever,
Dreadful sorry Clementine.
|Light she was and like a fairy,
And her shoes were number nine,
Herring boxes, without topses,
Sandals were for Clementine.
|3.||Drove she ducklings to the water
Ev’ry morning just at nine,
Stubbed her toe against a splinter,
Fell into the foaming brine.
|4.||Ruby lips above the water,
Blowing bubbles, soft and fine,
But, alas, I was no swimmer,
So I lost my Clementine.
|5.||Then the miner, forty-niner,
Soon began to peak and pine,
Thought he oughter join his daughter,
Now he’s with his Clementine.
|6.||In a corner of the churchyard,
Where the myrtle boughs entwine,
Grow the roses and the posies,
Fertilized by Clementine.
|7.||In my dreams she still doth haunt me,
Robed in garments soaked in brine;
How in life I used to hug her,
Now she’s dead, I draw the line.
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