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"Shoot the Buffalo" Lyrics, Text Format

Beginning syncopation in 6/8, tonic arpeggio,
and tonic octave skip.



  • Grade: Fifth
  • Origin: USA – Traditional
  • Key: E Flat Major
  • Time: 6/8
  • Form: Aa
  • Rhythm: beginners: | ta ti ta ti | syncopation,
    | ta/ ta ti | syncopation, | ta/a ti ti | syncopation
  • Pitches: intermediate: Ti Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do
  • Intervals: intermediate: m3: So\Mi, Do8\La;
    M3: Do/Mi; P4: Re/So; P5: So\Do; P8: Do\Do8descending tonic octave skip, So\Mi\Do descending tonic arpeggio
  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; pickup beat, tied note, syncopation, tonic octave skip, tonic arpeggio, multiple endings; expression: gingerly
  • Key Words: USA geography: Georgia, Texas, Ohio; dearest, present, far-off, distant, knit, sew, plow, ramble, canebrake (thick, dense growth of cane or sugarcane), scratch, together, potato patch, clothing, log cabins, blessed, wander; contraction: we’ll (we will), it’s (it is)

“Shoot the Buffalo”
Stand you up my dearest dear,
And present me with your hand,
And we’ll all run away
To some far-off distant land,
Where the ladies knit and sew,
And the men they plow and hoe.
And we’ll ramble in the canebrake
And shoot the buffalo.
Where the women sit and patch
While the men they stand and scratch,
And we’ll all meet together
In the old potato patch.
Oh, it’s all the way from Georgia
To Texas I must go
Just to ramble round the canebrake
And shoot the buffalo.
3. Come all you fine young girls
Who have got a mind to go.
Well, if you can make us clothing
And if you can knit and sew,
We will build you five log cabins
By the blessed Ohio,
Through the canebrake we will wander,
And chase the buffalo.
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