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"Ole Tar River" Lyrics, Text Format

Syncopation, descending arpeggio So8\Mi\Do\La, with each staff ending on an eighth rest after whistling on pitch.



  • Grade: Third
  • Origin: USA – Folk Song
  • Key: G Major
  • Time: 2/4
  • Form: rhythm: AAaA – pitches: ABCc
  • Rhythm: intermediate: | ti ti ti ti | ti ti ri ti/ | syncopation, | ta ti ti ri | ti ti ti (ti) | ti ti ri ti ti |
  • Pitches: intermediate: So La Do Re Mi So – pentatonic scale
  • Intervals: intermediate: So/Do, Do/Mi, Do\La/Do, Mi/So8, So8\Mi\Do\La descending arpeggio, Do\So/Do
  • Musical Elements: notes: quarter, dotted eighth, eighth, sixteenth; rest: eighth, syncopation, arpeggio, all staves end with an eighth rest
  • Key Words: USA geography, North Carolina, Alabama, Southern USA, ole (old), parting, grieve, leave, sing, sorrow, dance, sometime, tomorrow; abbreviation: Car’lina (Carolina); contraction: I’ll (I will)

“Ole Tar River”

1. Way down in North Car’lina,
On the banks of the Ole Tar River,
I go from there to Alabama,
For to see my ole Aunt Hannah.
Now Nancy, I must leave you,
Do not let our parting grieve you,
Dance and sing, forget your sorrow,
I’ll be back sometime tomorrow.
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