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"Good-Bye My Riley O"
       



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"Good-Bye My Riley O"
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Syncopated rhythms, tonic and dominate arpeggios, and a
dominate octave skip make African American History fun!

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Description
 
  • Grade: Third

  • Origin: African American Song - Georgia Sea Island Singers

  • Key: G Major

  • Time: 6/8

  • Form: staves: ABAC - song: AB verse/refrain

  • Rhythm: intermediate: | ta ti ta ti | syncopation,
    | ta/ ta ti | syncopation, | ta/ ta/ | ta/ (ta/) |

  • Pitches: intermediate: So La Do Re Mi So La - pentatonic scale

  • Intervals: intermediate: La/Do, Do/So, So\Mi\Do descending tonic arpeggio, Do/Mi/So ascending tonic arpeggio, So\So descending dominate octave skip

  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; rest: dotted quarter, syncopation fermata, verse/refrain, tonic arpeggio, dominate arpeggio, dominate octave skip

  • Key Words: African American History, Georgia Sea Island Singers, USA history, USA geography, Georgia, South Carolina, coastal plain, Mobile Bay, world geography, Liverpool, London; abbreviation: goin' (going)

Georgia Sea Island Singers: formed in the early 1900's, African Americans performing songs of the Gullah culture - low country region of South Carolina and Georgia, which includes both the coastal plain and the Sea Islands.

Riley is thought to have been a slave owner who treated his slaves well and was missed when he traveled from his plantation.

 
 


"Good-Bye My Riley O"

       
  1. Riley, Riley, where are you?  
    Refrain:  
    O Riley O man!
Riley gone and I goin' too,
Good-bye my Riley O!
 
 
2.
Riley gone to Liverpool.  
    O Riley O man!
Riley gone and I goin' too,
Good-bye my Riley O!
 
  3. Riley gone to London Town.  
    O Riley O man!
Riley gone and I goin' too,
Good-bye my Riley O!
 
  4. Riley gone to Mobile Bay.  
    O Riley O man!
Riley gone and I goin' too,
Good-bye my Riley O!
 
       

 

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