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"The Girl I Left Behind Me"
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"The Girl I Left Behind Me," Lyrics, Text Format



"The Girl I Left Behind Me," Lyrics, Text Format



Complete descending tonic arpeggio (I, D),
ascending tonic arpeggio, and dotted syncopation.

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Description
 
  • Grade: Fifth

  • Origin: Ireland - Traditional Folk Tune, circa. 1700's

  • Key: D Major

  • Time: 2/4

  • Form: phrases: ABCB - song: AB

  • Rhythm: intermediate: | ti ti ti ti | ti ti ti/ ri | syncopation, | ti ti ti ri ti ri | ta ti ti ri | ti ti ti ti/ ri | syncopation, | ti ti ti/ ri | syncopation

  • Pitches: intermediate: So La Ti Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do - extended range

  • Intervals: intermediate: So8\Mi\Do descending tonic arpeggio (I, D), Do\La (m3), Mi/Do8 (m6), Ti/Re (m3), Re\So (P5), Do/So (P5), Mi/So (m3), Do8\So8\Mi\Do complete descending tonic arpeggio (I, D), Do/Mi/So8 ascending tonic arpeggio

  • Musical Elements: notes: quarter, dotted eighth, eighth, sixteenth; pickup beat, syncopation, tonic arpeggios

  • Key Words: world geography: Ireland, popular soldier's song: USA war of independence, war of 1812, and American Civil war; lonesome, moor, heavy thoughts, parting, fine and gay, remind, swift, forget, night, stars, gently, lent, vowed, bound, Brighton camp, heaven, pray, guide, safely, golden hair, ringlets, diamonds, shining, slender waist, heavenly face, pining, gods, prayer, beauteous, bee, honey, taste, dove, ranger, falling waters, roar, cease, ere, vows, cheer, bind me, constancy; contractions: I'm (I am); abbreviations: ne'er (never), silv'ry (silvery), heav'n (heaven)

  • Recorder: advanced: introducing F#, (high and low), complete descending tonic arpeggio, extended range

 
 

"The Girl I Left Behind Me"


       
 
1.
I'm lonesome since I crossed the hill,
And o'er the moor and valley
Such heavy thoughts my heart do fill
Since parting with my Betsey.
I seek no more the fine and gay
For each does but remind me,
How swift the hours did pass away
With the girl I left behind me.
 
       
 
2.
O ne'er shall I forget the night,
The stars were bright above me
And gently lent their silv'ry light
When first she vowed to love me.
But now I'm bound to Brighton camp
Kind heaven then pray guide me
And send me safely back again,
To the girl I left behind me.
 
       
  3. Her golden hair in ringlets fair,
Her eyes like diamonds shining
Her slender waist, her heavenly face,
That leaves my heart still pining.
Ye gods above oh hear my prayer
To my beauteous fair to find me
And send me safely back again,
To the girl I left behind me.
 
       
  4. The bee shall honey taste no more,
The dove become a ranger
The falling waters cease to roar,
Ere I shall seek to change her
The vows we made to heav'n above
Shall ever cheer and bind me
In constancy to her I love,
The girl I left behind me.
 
       


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