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"The Galway Piper," Lyrics, Text Format

Italian tempo: vivace (lively and fast), tonic arpeggio and octave skip, and an interval of a minor seventh (m7, Re/Do).



  • Grade: Fifth
  • Origin: Ireland – Traditional Folk Song, circa. 1740
  • Key: E Flat Major 
  • Time: 4/4
  • Form: ABCD
  • Rhythm: beginners: | ti ti ti ti ti ti ti ri ti ri |
    | ti ti ti ti ti ti ti ti | ti ri ti ri ti ri ti ri ta ti (ti)|
    | ti ti ri ti ti ti ti ta |
  • Pitches: intermediate: Ti Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do
  • Intervals: intermediate: Do/Mi\Do (M3), Ti/Re\Ti (m3), Do/Mi\So ascending tonic arpeggio (I, Eb), So/Do8 (P4), So\Re (P4), Do/Do ascending tonic octave skip, Re/Do (m7)
  • Musical Elements: notes: quarter, eighth, sixteenth; rest: eighth; melodic rhythm patterns, tempo: Vivace/lively and fast (132–140 BPM) (Italian) 
  • Key Words: world geography: Ireland; person, nation, humble station, highest estimation, loudly, stir your toe, wedding bells, breath, lead the singing, jigs, swinging, splendid, eve, morn, scorn, outworn, highway, pealing, wheeling, carols, stealing, birds: thrush, Linnet, Finch, Lark, twitter, hark; abbreviation: ev’ry (every)
  • Recorder: advanced: introducing B flat, tempo:Vivace/lively and fast (132–140 BPM)

“The Galway Piper”

also known as
“Piping Tim”

Ev’ry person in the nation,
Or of great or humble station,
Holds in highest estimation,
Piping Tim of Galway;
Loudly he can play or low,
He can move you fast or slow,
Touch you hearts or stir your toe,
Piping Tim of Galway.
When the wedding bells are ringing,
His the breath to lead the singing,
Then in jigs the folks so swinging,
What a splendid piper!
He will blow from eve till morn,
Counting sleep a thing of scorn,
Old is he, but not outworn,
Know you such a piper?
3. When he walks the highway pealing
Round his head the birds come wheeling
Tim has carols worth the stealing,
Piping Tim of Galway.
Thrush and Linnet, Finch and Lark
To each other twitter, “Hark!”
Soon they sing from light till dark,
Piping Tim of Galway.
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