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"Down in the Valley"
       



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"Down in the Valley"
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"Down in the Valley," Lyrics, Text Format



Uncommon time signature: 9/8, feeling triple meter in 9/8,
harmony in thirds, and a diminished f sharp arpeggio (vii, df#).

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Description
 
  • Grade: Fifth

  • Origin: USA, Kentucky - Folk Song

  • Key: G Major

  • Time: 9/8 - uncommon time signature

  • Form: ABaB

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

  • Pitches: intermediate: melody: So Ti Do Re Mi Fa So
    harmony: Ti Re Mi Fa So La Ti (pitch formats include harmony)

  • Intervals: intermediate: melody: So/Do (P4), Mi/So (m3), So\Re (P4), So/Ti/Re/So ascending tonic arpeggio (I, D); harmony: Ti/Mi (P4), So/Ti (m3), Ti\Fa (P4), Ti/Re/Fa/Ti ascending arpeggio (vii, df#, diminished f sharp)

  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; rest: eighth; pickup beats, syncopation, tied notes, two part harmony (3rds), repeated melodic rhythm patterns; 9/8 time: eighth note receives one beat, divisions of a dotted quarter note: three eights (3 ti's), feeling triple meter (3) in 9/8: where three eights would be a triplet if the beat is represented by a dotted quarter

  • Key Words: USA history, USA geography: Kentucky, pining (heart-broken) love song, ballad, unrequited love, earth science, valley, hang your head, wind blow, roses, sunshine, violets, dew, angels, Heaven, sacred, I love you, write, letter, containing, will you be mine, build, castle, forty

 
 

"Down in the Valley"


       
 
1.
Down in the valley, the valley so low,
Hang your head over, hear the wind blow.
Hear the wind blow, dear, hear the wind blow,
Hang your head over, hear the wind blow.
 
       
 
2.
Roses love sunshine, violets love dew,
Angels in Heaven know I love you,
Know I love you, dear, know I love you,
Angels in Heaven know I love you.
 
       
  3. Write me a letter, containing three lines,
Answer my question, "Will you be mine?"
Will you be mine, dear, will you be mine?"
Answer my question, "Will you be mine?"
 
       
  4. Build me a castle forty feet high,
So I can see him/her as he/she goes by,
As he/she goes by, dear, as he/she goes by,
So I can see him/her as he/she goes by.
 
       


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