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"The Railroad Corral," Lyrics, Text Format

Syncopation on 3/4: mastering ta ta/ ti (8 times), ascending and descending vi7 arpeggio (Em7) and the tonic arpeggio I (G).



  • Grade: Fourth
  • Origin: USA – Cowboy Song
  • Key: G Major
  • Time: 3/4
  • Form: AaBa
  • Rhythm: intermediate: | ta ta/ ti | syncopation (x8)
    | ta ta ta | ta/a ta | ta/ ti ti |
  • Pitches: intermediate: Mi So La Do Re Mi So La – pentatonic scale, extended range
  • Intervals: intermediate: So/Mi (M6), Mi8\Do\La\So\Mi (x3) descending (vi7) arpeggio (Em7), Mi/So/La/Do (x3) ascending (vi7) arpeggio (Em7), Mi\Do (M3), Do/Mi/So8 ascending tonic (I) arpeggio (G), So8\Mi/So8 (m3), So\Do (P5)
  • Musical Elements: notes: half, dotted quarter, eighth; pickup beat, repetition of the vi7 arpeggio (Em7) gives the feeling of a minor tonality and a tonal center of Mi the third of I and the fifth of vi, moving in and out of major and minor tonalities
  • Key Words: USA history, cowboy vocabulary: ere (before), chuck wagon, flapjack (pancake), herd,cinches, reins, bronco, steers, chaparral, outfit, railroad coral, punchers, night riders, cook; breaking of day, hillside, vale, crowding, trail, shake, plains, roust (start moving), afternoon, shadows, lean, sticks, marshy, ravine, scatter, farther, vision, true, longest, evening, mountains, climbed, creeks, drooping, night, droop, sight

“The Railroad Corral” 

1. We’re up in the morning ere breaking of day,
The chuck wagon’s busy, the flapjack’s in play.
The herd is a stir over hillside and vale,
With the night riders crowding them in the trail.
Come take up your cinches, come shake out your reins,
Come wake your old bronco and break for the plains;
Come roust out your steers from the long chaparral,
For the outfit is off to the railroad coral.
3. The afternoon shadows are startin’ to lean
When the chuck wagon sticks in the marshy ravine;
The herds scatter farther than vision can look,
You can bet all true punchers will help out the cook.
4. The longest of days must reach evening at last,
The mountains all climbed and the creeks all are past; The herd is a-drooping and fast falls the night.
Let them droop if they will, for the railroads in sight!
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