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"Down by the Bay" Lyrics, Text Format

Introducing a sharp dominant (Si), a diminished fifth (d5),
and a diminished fourth (d4).



  • Grade: Fourth
  • Origin: USA – words: Will D. Cobb
    music: Gus Edwards, 1907
  • Key: G Major
  • Time: 3/4
  • Form: through composed
  • Rhythm: beginners: | ta/a/a | ta/a ta | ta ta ta |
    | ta (ta) ta | ta/a ti ti |
  • Pitches: intermediate: So Si La Ti Do Re Mi Fa So – raised/sharp dominant (Si)
  • Intervals: advanced: Mi\So (M6), So/Re\So (P5), So/Do (P4), Ti/La (d5-diminished fifth), Fa\La (m6), La/Mi (P5), Re\La (P4), Do\So (P4), So/Si/La (chromatic m2’s), La\Si/La (m2) Do/So8 (P5), Mi\Ti(d4-diminished fourth=M3) Mi\La (P5), La/Re (P4)
  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted half, half, quarter, eighth; rest: quarter; sharp dominate (D#, Si), ritardando, a tempo, tied notes, diminished fourth, diminished fifth
  • Key Words: USA history, popular song, primary school. elementary school, Golden Rule, queen, calico, bashful, barefoot, beau, slate, taught, tune; abbreviations: readin’ (reading), writin’ (writing), ‘rithmatic (arithmetic), hick’ry (hickory)
  • Recorder: advanced: playing in G major, introducing F# and D#, diminished 4th and diminished 5th


“School Days”

School days, school days,
Dear old golden rule days.
Read in’ and writin’ and ‘rithmatic,
Taught to the tune of a hick’ry stick.

You were my queen in calico,
I was your bashful, barefoot beau,
And you wrote on my slate, “I love you Joe,”
When we were a couple of kids.

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