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"Telephone Song," Lyrics, Text Format

Advanced syncopation, a blue note, developing the independent voice, and an excellent five finger keyboard exercise.



  • Grade: First
  • Origin: USA – Singing Game
  • Key: D Major – centered around the dominate (So) 
  • Time: 4/4
  • Form: AaBbCC
  • Rhythm: advanced: | ta ta/ ti ti/ ri | syncopation,
    | ti ta ta/ ta | syncopation, | ti ti ti ta/ ta |
    syncopation, | ta ta ta ta | ti ti ti ta/ ti/ ri |
    syncopation, | ta ta ti/ ri ta | syncopation,
    | ta ta ti/ ri ti ti | syncopation, | ta ti ta/ ti/ ri | syncopation
  • Pitches: intermediate: Mi So La Te – lowered/natural leading tone, blue note
  • Intervals: intermediate: So\Mi/So (m3), So/Te(m3), Te\So (m3)
  • Musical Elements: notes: quarter, dotted eighth, eighth, sixteenth; pickup beat, adding the submediant (La) and the lowered leading tone (Te) to the beginning Orff interval (So\Mi), imperfect ending (ending on the mediant instead of the tonic), note:there is no tonic, accidental: natural sign, singing alone and with others 
  • Key Words: USA history, singing game, camp song, telephone, home, yeah; contraction: isn’t (is not), I’m (I am), quotations
  • Keyboard: intermediate: five finger exercise for right, left, and two hands together

“Telephone Song”

“Hey, Charlie! I think I hear my name!
Hey, Charlie! I think I hear it again!”
“You’re wanted on the telephone!”
“If it isn’t (any name) I’m not at home!”
With a rick-tick-tickety tick, Oh yeah!
With a rick-tick-tickety tick, Oh yeah!
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