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"The Shell"


"The Shell"
Additional Information
"Songs of a Little Child's Day"
By the Sea

"The Shell" Lyrics, Text Format

Centered around the 3rd (Mi)
before arriving home to the tonic (Do).

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  • Grade: First

  • Origin: Emilie Poulsson, Eleanor Smith

  • Key: G Major

  • Time: 6/8

  • Form: AABCD

  • Rhythm: intermediate: | ti ti ti ti ti ti | ti ti ti ta ti ri |
    | ti ti ti ta ti ri | ta/a |

  • Pitches: beginners: La Ti Do Re Mi

  • Intervals: intermediate: Mi\Do, Mi\La, Do\La, Do/Mi

  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted quarter, quarter, eighth, sixteenth; tempo: ben legato/well connected (tied together); pickup beat, tied notes, fermata; dynamics: piano/soft, pianissimo/very soft, crescendo, decrescendo

  • Key Words: earth science, oceans, shells, pretty, pink, ear, listening, message, hear, murmur; abbreviation: 'twill (it will)


"The Shell"

Put the pretty pink shell to your pretty pink ear,
And by listening well, you it's message will hear;
For 'twill murmur to you, as it murmurs to me,
"Oh I want to go back to my sea!"


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