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"Rock-a My Soul," Lyrics, Text Format



"Rock-a My Soul," Lyrics, Text Format



Advanced syncopation, two natural accidentals, tonic and
supertonic arpeggios, chromatic minor seconds, and a blue note.

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Description
 
  • Grade: Fifth

  • Origin: USA - African American Spiritual

  • Key: D Major

  • Time: 4/4

  • Form: ABA - chorus/verse/chorus

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

  • Pitches: intermediate: Do Re Me Mi Fa So La Te Do - lowered/natural mediant (3, Me), lowered/natural leading tone (7, Te), blue note

  • Intervals: intermediate: Mi\Do (M3), Do/Mi/So ascending tonic arpeggio (I, D), Fa\Re (m3), Re/Fa/La ascending supertonic arpeggio (ii, Em), Do/So (P5), So/Te\So (m3), So/Do8 (P4), Do8\La (m3), So\Mi/So (m3), So\Re/So (P4), Re/Me/Mi (chromatic m2's)

  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted half, half, quarter, eighth; pickup beat, tied notes, vocal slurs, D.C. al Fine, Fine; chorus/verse/chorus, accidentals: natural sign, two double bar lines, ascending chromatic steps, supertonic and tonic arpeggios, blue note: lowered leading tone

  • Key Words: USA history, African American history, sacred, Bible story, judgement day, valley, bosom, pray, soul, peace, sun shines, cloudiest; abbreviations: ev'rything (everything), pray'r (prayer)

  • Recorder: advanced: introducing F#, syncopation, natural sign, tonic and supertonic arpeggios (I-D, ii-Em), blue note: lowered leading tone

Partner song: "This Train"

 
 


"Rock-a My Soul"

           
      Refrain    
   
Oh, Rock-a my soul in the bosom of Abraham,
Rock-a my soul in the bosom of Abraham,
Rock-a my soul in the bosom of Abraham,
Oh, Rock-a my soul.
   
    1. When I went down to the valley to pray,
Oh, rock-a my soul
My soul got happy and I stayed all day,
Oh, rock-a my soul
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      Refrain    
   
2.
When I came home from the valley at night,
Oh, rock-a my soul,
I knew that ev'rything would be all right,
Oh, rock-a my soul.
   
      Refrain    
    3. I felt so sad on the morning before,
Oh, rock-a my soul,
I found the peace that I was looking for,
Oh, rock-a my soul.
   
      Refrain    
    4. The sun shines bright on the cloudiest day,
Oh, rock-a my soul,
A pray'r is all you need to light your way,
Oh, rock-a my soul.
   
      Refrain    
           


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