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"We Shall Overcome," Lyrics, Text Format



Syncopation with a triplet, repeating melodic rhythms,
and intervals for beginners.

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Description
 
  • Grade: Fourth

  • Origin: USA - Civil Rights Song

  • Key: C Major

  • Time: 4/4

  • Form: through composed

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

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

  • Intervals: beginners: Mi/So (m3), Re\Ti (m3), So\Do (P5), Do/Fa (P4)

  • Musical Elements: notes: whole, half, dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; rest: half, quarter; triplet, repeating melodic rhythms

  • Key Words: USA history, African American history, USA holiday: Martin Luther King's Birthday, civil rights movement, protest song, freedom song, civil rights marching song, USA geography; Selma, Alabama, Montgomery, Alabama, Atlanta, Georgia; overcome, shall, today, deep, heart, believe, hand in hand, not afraid

 
 


"We Shall Overcome"

       
  1. We shall overcome,
We shall overcome,
We shall overcome some day;
Oh, deep in my heart I do believe,
We shall overcome some day.
 
 
2.
We'll walk hand in hand,
We'll walk hand in hand,
We'll walk hand in hand some day.
Oh, deep in my heart I do believe,
We'll walk hand in hand some day.
 
  3. We are not afraid,
We are not afraid,
We are not afraid today.
Oh, deep in my heart I do believe,
We are not afraid today.
 
       

 

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