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"The Sidewalks of New York" Lyrics, Text Format



"The Sidewalks of New York" Lyrics, Text Format



Four perfect fourths (P4), changing rhythms for verse lyrics,
and repeated melodic rhythm patterns make waltzing fun!

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Description
 
  • Grade: Fifth

  • Origin: USA - James W. Blake, Charles B. Lawlor
    circa: 1894

  • Key: G Major

  • Time: 3/4

  • Form: AB - verse/refrain

  • Rhythm: beginners: | ta/a ta | ta ta ta | ta/a/a |
    | ta/a ti ti | ta ta/a |

  • Pitches: intermediate: So La Ti Do Re Mi Fa So

  • Intervals: intermediate: m3: Mi/So8, Do\La/Do;
    M3: Mi\Do/Mi; P4: So/Do, Re\La, Do/Fa; P5: La/Mi

  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted half, half, quarter, eighth; rest: quarter; tied notes, changing rhythms for verse syllables, repeating melodic rhythm patterns, fermata, two double barlines, includes guitar chords

  • Key Words: USA geography: New York, New York; stoop, evening, waltz, organ, baker, dough, dude, cork, East side, West side, tots (children), "Ring A-round the Rosie", "London Bridge is Falling Down", Mamie O'Rourke (married to "Diamond Dan" O'Rourke, early manager of the baseball player Jim Jeffries), tripped the light fantastic ( to dance), up in "G" (refers to the G train in the Subway); contractions: that's (that is), they'll (they will); possessive: Casey's; abbreviation: wand'rers (wanderers)

 
 

"The Sidewalks of New York"


       
 
1.

Down in front of Casey's
Old brown wooden stoop
On a summer's evening,
We formed a merry group.
Boys and girls together
We would sing and waltz.
While the "ginnie" played the organ
On the sidewalks of New York.

 
    Chorus:  
    East side, West side, all around the town,
The tots sing "Ring around Rosie,"
"London bridge is falling down."
Boys and girls together,
Me and Mamie O'Rourke
Tripped the light fantastic
On the sidewalks of New York.
 
 
2.
That's where Johnny Casey,
And little Jimmy Crowe
With Jakey Krause the baker
Who always had the dough.
Pretty Nellie Shannon,
With a dude as light as cork,
First picked up the waltz-step
On the sidewalks of New York.
 
    Chorus  
  3. Things have changed since those times.
Some are up in "G"
Others, they are wand'rers,
But they all feel just like me;
They'll part with all they've got.
Could they but once more walk,
With their best girl and have a twirl
On the sidewalks of New York.
 
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