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When the Wind Blows

"Softly, Softly Blows the Wind" Lyrics, Text Format

Adding the 4th (Fa) to the pentatonic scale while introducing the quarter followed by an eighth pattern in 6/8 time.



  • Grade: First
  • Origin: Emilie Poulsson, Eleanor Smith
  • Key: F Major
  • Time: 6/8
  • Form: ABaC – (question/answer)
  • Rhythm: intermediate: | ta ti ta ti | ta/_ti (ti ti) |
  • Pitches: intermediate: Do Re Mi Fa So La – adding Fa to the pentatonic scale
  • Intervals: intermediate: So\Mi, Mi\Do, Do/Mi, Mi/So, ascending tonic arpeggio Do/Mi/So, Fa\Re
  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; rest: eighth; repeat signs, dynamics: piano/soft, crescendo, decrescendo; tempo: andante cantabile/singing walk
  • Key Words: earth science, wind, blows, gently rocks, nest, downy, birds, while, softly, sings, rocking nest, joy, wings

“Softly, Softly Blows the Wind” 

Softly, softly blows the wind,
And gently rocks the nest
Where the downy baby birds
Are taking happy rest.
While the wind so softly blows,
“Oh baby birds,” it sings:
“Now for you the rocking nest,
But soon the joy of wings!”
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