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"Doney Gal"
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"Doney Gal," Lyrics, Text Format



Practicing the ascending major sixth (M6)
and the descending minor sixth (m6).

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Description
 
  • Grade: Fifth

  • Origin: USA, Oklahoma - Cowboy Song*

  • Key: G Major - pentatonic scale

  • Time: 3/4

  • Form: AB, refrain/verse

  • Rhythm: beginners: | ta/a ti ti | ta ta ta |
    | ta ta ta_|_a/a ti ti | ta/ ti ta | syncopation,
    | ta/ ti ti ti | syncopation, (_=tie)

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

  • Intervals: advanced: So/Mi8 (M6), Do\Mi (m6), Mi/So (m3), La/Do (m3), Do/Mi8/So8 ascending tonic arpeggio (I, G), So8\Mi8\Do descending tonic arpeggio (I, G), Do\La (m3), So/Do (P5), So\Mi/So (m3), Mi8/So8\Mi8 (m3)

  • Musical Elements: notes: half, dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; pickup beat, tied notes, vocal slur, tonic arpeggios, imperfect ending: melody does not resolve to the tonic, ending on the dominate (So), which is sympolic of the wide open spaces and never ending cycles in the life of a cowboy

  • Key Words: USA history, USA geography: Oklahoma; westward expansion, cowboy song, cowboy horse song, life of a cowboy, rain, wind, hail, dogies (young cow), range, break of day, weary, rope, brand, ride, sing, trail: contractions: we're (we are), we'll (we will), he's (he is), it's (it is); abbreviation: drivin' (driving); possessive: cowboy's

*Notated by John Lomax in 1910, from the singing of Louise Henson, San Antonio, Texas

 
 


"Doney Gal"

           
      Refrain:    
   
We're alone, Doney Gal, in the wind and hail,
Gotta drive those dogies down the trail.
   
    1. We'll ride the range from sun to sun,
For a cowboy's work is never done,
He's up and gone at the break of day,
Drivin' the dogies on their weary way.
   
      Refrain    
   
2.
A cowboy's life is a weary thing,
For it's rope and brand and ride and sing:
Yes, day or night in the rain or hail,
He'll stay with his dogies out on the trail.
   
           
           


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