Syncopation for beginners, less than an octave in range,
with an advanced minor seventh interval So/Fa.
- Grade: Fourth
- Origin: USA – Folk Ballad, circa. early 1800’s
- Key: G Major
- Time: 3/4
- Form: staves: ABAb – song: AB, verse/refrain
- Rhythm: beginners: | ta ta ti ti | ta/ ti ti ti | syncopation, | ti ti ti ti ti ti |
- Pitches: beginners: So La Ti Do Re Mi Fa
- Intervals: advanced: So/Do/Mi ascending tonic (I) arpeggio (G), Mi\So (M6), Ti/Re (m3), So/Fa (m7), Do\So/Do (P4), Re\So (P5)
- Musical Elements: notes: dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; pickup beats, syncopation, tonic arpeggio, vocal slurs
- Key Words: USA history, USA geography: Wilbraham, Massachusetts (songs origins), Timothy Merrick 1761 (subject of song), dwell (live), handsome, youth, Monday morning, meadow, mow grass, cutting grass, mowed, half, field, pesky, sarpent (serpent), heel, took, scythe*, bit, blow, rattlesnake, laid
*scythe: a tool used for cutting crops such as grass or wheat, with a long curved blade at the end of a long pole attached to which are one or two short handles.
|1.||On Springfield Mountain there did dwell
A handsome youth: I knew him well.
|Too loo-re-lay, too loo-re-lay,
Too loo-re-lay, too loo-re-loo.
|One Monday morning he did go
Down in the meadow for to mow.
|3.||When he had mowed but half the field,
A pesky sarpent bit his heel.
|4.||He took the scythe and with a blow,
He laid the pesky sarpent low.