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"Molly Malone," Lyrics, Text Format



"Molly Malone," Lyrics, Text Format



Syncopation on the second half of the first beat (& of 1),
melodic rhythm patterns, and a chorus melody
composed from parts of the verse melody.

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Description
 
  • Grade: Fifth

  • Origin: Ireland - Traditional, circa. 1883

  • Key: G Major

  • Time: 3/4

  • Form: phrases: ABA/B (third phrase is a combination of A and B) song: AB - verse/chorus

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

  • Pitches: beginners: So Do Re Mi Fa So

  • Intervals: beginners: So/Do (P4), Do/Mi\Do (M3), Re/Fa\Re (m3), Re\So (P5), Mi/So (m3)

  • Musical Elements: notes: half, dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; pickup beat, syncopation, verse/chorus, melodic rhythm patterns, two double barlines; composition: chorus is composed of music from the first and last line of the verse

  • Key Words: world geography: Dublin, Ireland; folk tales, USA holiday: St. Patrick's Day, Halloween; wheeled, wheelbarrow, broad, narrow, cockles (saltwater clams), mussels (fresh/saltwater clams), fishmonger (fisherman/fisherwoman), wonder, died, alive, father, mother, through, fever, ghosts, streets; abbreviation: 'twas (it was)

  • Recorder: intermediate: syncopation on the second half of the first beat (& of 1)

 
 


"Molly Malone"
also known as
"Cockles and Mussels"

       
  1. In Dublin's fair city, where girls are so pretty,
Was there that I found here sweet Molly Malone.
She wheeled a wheelbarrow through streets broad and narrow,
Singing, "Cockles and mussels, a-live, alive ho!"
 
    Chorus:  
    "Alive, alive ho! Alive, alive ho!"
Singing, "Cockles and mussels, alive, alive ho."
 
 
2.
She was a fishmonger, but sure 'twas no wonder,
For so were her father and mother before,
And they wheeled their wheelbarrow, through streets broad and narrow,
Singing, "Cockles and mussels, alive, alive ho!"
 
    Chorus  
  3. She died of a fever, and no one could save her,
And that was the end of sweet Molly Malone;
Now her ghost wheels her wheelbarrow, through streets broad and narrow,
Singing, "Cockles and mussels, alive, alive ho!"
 
    Chorus  
       


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