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"Night Herding Song"


"Night Herding Song"
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"BuNight Herding Song," Lyrics, Text Format

"BuNight Herding Song," Lyrics, Text Format

Beginners syncopation, dominate and vi7 (Dm7) arpeggios, and a dominate octave skip.

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  • Grade: Fourth

  • Origin: USA - Cowboy Song

  • Key: F Major

  • Time: 6/8

  • Form: through composed

  • Rhythm: beginners: | ta ti ti ti ti | ti ti ti ta ti ri | syncopation, | ti ti ti ti ti ti | ti ti ti ta ti |
    | ti/ ri ti ti ti ti | syncopation, | ta ti ta ti | ta/a ti |

  • Pitches: intermediate: So La Ti Do Re Mi So

  • Intervals: intermediate: Do/Mi, Mi\Do\La\So descending vi7 (Dm7) arpeggio, La/Do, So/Mi/So (combination of M6 and m3), So\So descending dominate octave skip, Ti/Mi (P4)

  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted quarter, quarter, dotted eighth, sixteenth; pickup beat, arpeggio, dominate octave skip, vocal slur, tied notes

  • Key Words: USA history, cowboy song, cowboy vocabulary: dogies (cattle), herded, circle-herded, trail-herded, night herded; quit, roving, wandered, trampled, graze, forever, move slow, together, horse, leg-weary, awful, tired, fired, bunch up, lay down, limbs, seat is sore, laid, stretch, snore, drown, wild sound, lay still; contractions: kinda (kind of), that's (that is), I'm (I am)that'll (that will), (can't (cannot); abbreviations: goin' (going), siftin' (sifting), 'round (around)


"Night Herding Song"

  1. Oh, slow up dogies, quit roving around,
You have wandered and trampled all over the ground;
Oh, graze along, dogies and feed kinda slow,
And don't forever be on the go.
Oh, move slow, dogies, move slow,
Hi-oh, hi-oh, hi-oh!
I have circle-herded, trail-herded, night-herded too
But to keep you together, that's what I can't do.
My horse is leg-weary and I'm awful tired
But if I let you get away I'm sure to get fired.
Bunch up, little dogies, bunch up.
  3. Oh say, little dogies, when you goin' to lay down?
And quit this forever siftin' around?
My limbs are weary, my seat is sore
Oh, lay down, dogies, like you've laid before,
Lay down, dogies, lay down.
  4. Oh, lay still, dogies, since you have laid down
Stretch away on the big open ground.
Snore loud, little dogies, and drown the wild sound
That'll go away when the day rolls 'round,
Lay still, dogies, lay still.

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