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"Down by the Bay" Lyrics, Text Format

Introducing the raised or sharped 4th (Fi) and
singing bird calls with syncopation



  • Grade: Third
  • Origin: Unknown – Old Song
  • Key: C Major
  • Time: 6/8
  • Form: staves: ABCCDEDF – song: AB
  • Rhythm: intermediate: | ti ti ti ti ti ti |
    | ti ti ti ti (ti) ti | ti ti ti ti (ti) ti ri | ta/ ti (ti) ti ri | syncopation, | ta ti ti (ti) ti ri |
  • Pitches: intermediate: Do Re Mi Fa Fi So La Ti Do – sharped 4th (Fi)
  • Intervals: advanced: Do/Mi/So ascending tonic arpeggio, So\Mi, Mi/Fi, Ti\Re, Ti\So, So/Do\So, So\Re, Mi/La, Fa/La
  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted quarter, quarter, eighth, sixteenth; rest: eighth; pickup beat, arpeggio, raised 4th (Fi), fermata
  • Key Words: song birds, bird sounds, singing bird calls, animal science, robin, Spring, flew, orchard, sing, song, heart, light, right, tonight, mate, nest, nobody

“The Robin”

A sweet little robin one morning in Spring,
Flew into the orchard and stopped there to sing;
His heart was so light and his song was so right,
I asked him what song he was singing tonight.

“Tirileelee, Tirileelee;
Nobody knows but my mate and me:”
Tirileelee, Tirileelee;
Up in the nest with our little birds three.”

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