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"Old Joe Clark," Lyrics, Text Format

Syncopation on the fourth quarter of the first and second beats
(uh of 1, uh of 2), dominant (So) is the tonal center,
experiencing the intervals So\Re (P4) and So/Re8 (P5).



  • Grade: Fourth
  • Origin: USA – Folk Song
  • Key: B flat Major – centered around the fifth (So) of the major scale
  • Time: 2/4
  • Form: ABA – refrain/verse/refrain
  • Rhythm: intermediate: | ti/ ri ta | syncopation,
    | ti ti ta | ti/ ri ti ti | syncopation, | ti ti ti/ ri | syncopation, | ti ti ti ti | ta (ta) |
  • Pitches: intermediate: Re So La Ti Do Re Mi Fa
  • Intervals: intermediate: So/Re8 (P5), Ti\So (M3), So\Re/So (P4), So/Ti (M3)
  • Musical Elements: notes: quarter, dotted eighth, eighth; rest: quarter, D.C. al Fine, Fine, two double barlines
  • Key Words: USA history, sixteen stories high, chicken pie, slept, feather bed, violin, fiddled, dance, play, southern mountain ballad

“Old Joe Clark” 

‘Round and ’round, Old Joe Clark,
‘Round and ’round I say;
‘Round and ’round, Old Joe Clark,
I haven’t long to stay.
1. Old Joe Clark, he had a house,
Sixteen stories high.
Ev’ry story in that house
Was full of chicken pie.
I went down to Joe Clark’s house,
Never been before.
He slept on the feather bed
And I slept on the floor.
3. Joe Clark had a violin,
He fiddled all the day.
Anybody start to dance
And Joe would start to play.
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