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"Skin and Bones" Lyrics, Text Format

A minor tonality where the 6th (La) is the tonal center
in its relative Major.



  • Grade: Second
  • Origin: USA – Kentucky Folk Song
  • Key: A minor – pitched for C Major
    And: D minor – pitched for F Major
  • Time: 6/8
  • Form: A (through composed)
  • Rhythm: intermediate: | ti ti ti ti ti ti | ta ti ta/ |
    | ta/ ta ti |
  • Pitches: beginners: La Do Re Mi
  • Intervals: intermediate: La/Do, Do\La, Re\La, La/Mi
  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; rest: quarter; pickup beat, minor tonality
  • Key Words: Halloween, spooky songs, All Hallows Eve, All Saints Eve, scary songs, skin, bones, graveyard, broom; contractions: she’d (she would), hyphenated/abbreviation: a-lyin’ (a lying)
  • Keyboard: intermediate: five finger exercise, left, right, and two hands together

“Skin and Bones” 

1. There was an old woman all skin and bones,
She lived down by the old graveyard,
3. One night she thought she’d take a walk,
4. She walked down by the old graveyard,
5. She saw the bones a-layin’ around,
6. She went to the closet to get a broom,
7. She opened the door and BOO!!
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