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"O No, John"
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Centered around the fifth (So) of the major scale
before ending in G Major.

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Description
 
  • Grade: Fourth

  • Origin: USA - Traditional Folk Song

  • Key: G Major

  • Time: 4/4

  • Form: through composed

  • Rhythm: beginners: | ta ta ta ta | ta ti ti ta ta |
    | ta ta ta/a | ta/a ta ta | ta/a (ta) |

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

  • Intervals: intermediate: So/Do (P4), Re/So (P4), Re\So (P5), Fa\Re (m3), Mi\Do (M3), Ti\So (m3), Mi\La (P5), La/Do (m3), So/So8 ascending octave skip

  • Musical Elements: notes: half, quarter, eighth; rest: quarter; pickup beat, tempo: giocoso/joyful/merry,
    animato/animated

  • Key Words: courting song, yonder (over the hill), creature, ask for her hand, marriage, father, Spanish, captain, month, ago, kissed, bid, always, answer, madam, beauty, lips, red roses, grow, husband, marry me, jewels, cruel, since, stay, hear, hark, church bells, ringing, scorn, unkind, wife, silken dresses, vowed, settled, change, mind, single, know, free, face

 
 


"O No, John"

       
   
Boys
Girls
 
  1. On yonder hill there stands a creature
Who she is I do not know;
I'll go ask her hand in marriage,
She must answer yes or no.
 
    O no, John! No, John! No, John! No!  
 
2.
My father was a Spanish captain,
Went to sea a month ago;
First he kissed me then he left me,
Bid me always answer no.
 
    O no, John! No, John! No, John! No!  
  3. O Madam in your face is beauty,
On your lips red roses grow;
Will you take me for your husband?
Madam answer yes or no.
 
    O no, John! No, John! No, John! No!  
  4. O Madam I will give you jewels,
I will make you rich and free,
I will give you silken dresses;
Madam will you marry me?
 
    O no, John! No, John! No, John! No!  
  5. O Madam since you are so cruel,
And that you do scorn me so,
If I may not be your husband?
Madam will you let me go?
 
    O no, John! No, John! No, John! No!  
  6. Then I will stay with you forever,
If you will not be unkind;
Madam, I have vowed to love you;
Would you have me change my mind?
 
    O no, John! No, John! No, John! No!  
  7. O hark! I hear the church bells ringing,
Will you come and be my wife?
Or, dear Madam, have you settled
To live single all your life?
 
    O no, John! No, John! No, John! No!  
       

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