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"Oh, Dear What Can the Matter Be?"
       



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Introducing 6/8 time and running eighth notes.
This one is just for the girls.

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Description
 
  • Grade: First

  • Origin: English Folk Song, Traditional

  • Key: E Flat Major

  • Time: 6/8

  • Form: ABACDEDC

  • Rhythm: intermediate: | ta/ ta/ | ti ti ti ti ti ti |
    | ta/a ta | ta/a/a | running eighth notes

  • Pitches: intermediate: La Do Re Mi Fa So Do - adding Fa to the pentatonic scale

  • Intervals: intermediate: So\Mi, Mi/Do, Do\So, Mi\Do, Do/Fa, Fa\Re, Re/So, Do\La, La/Do

  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted half, dotted quarter, quarter, eighth, running eighth notes; refrain/verse, extending the vocal range, D.C. al Fine, Fine

  • Key Words: Valentines, courting song, English rhyme song, trinket, matter, tease, promised, ribbons, bonnie brown, flowers, posies, lilies, roses, straw, tie

 
 


"Oh, Dear What Can the Matter Be?"


       
      Refrain:
       
     

Oh, dear, what can the matter be?
Oh, dear, what can the matter be?
Oh, dear, what can the matter be?
Johnny's so long at the fair.

       
   
1.

He promised to bring me a trinket to please me,
And then for a smile, oh, he vowed he would tease me.
He promised to buy me a bunch of blue ribbons,
To tie up my bonnie brown hair.

       
      Refrain
       
    2. He promised to bring me a basket of posies
A garland of lilies, a gift of red roses,
A little straw hat to set off the blue ribbons,
That tie up my bonnie brown hair.
       
      Refrain
       

 

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