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"Trail to Mexico," Lyrics, Text Format

Advanced syncopation, tonic arpeggio, and an extended range
using the pentatonic scale.



  • Grade: Fourth
  • Origin: USA – Cowboy Song
  • Key: G Major
  • Time: 4/4
  • Form: ABCD
  • Rhythm: advanced: | ta/a/ ti ri ti ti | syncopation,
    | ta/a/ ti ti ti | syncopation, | ta/a/ ti ti ri ti | syncopation, | ta/a/ ti ti ti ri | syncopation,
    | ta/a/ ti ti ri ti ri ti | syncopation
  • Pitches: intermediate: So La Do Re Mi So La – pentatonic scale
  • Intervals: intermediate: So/Do (P4), Do\La/Do (m3), Do/Mi (M3), Do/So8 (P5), So\Mi\Do descending tonic (I) arpeggio (G)
  • Musical Elements: notes: half, quarter, eighth; pickup beats, tied notes, tonic arpeggio, syncopation, vocal slur
  • Key Words: Cowboy song, world geography: USA, Mexico; driving cattle to Mexico, travel, west, many a mile, year of 1883, native home, A.J. Stinson, hired hand, herd

“Trail to Mexico” 

1. I made up my mind in the early morn
To leave the home where I was born,
To leave my native home for a while,
And travel west to many a mile.
‘Twas in the year of eighty-three
That A.J. Stinson hired me.
He said, “Young man, I want you to go,
And follow my herd to Mexico.”
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