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"Wade In the Water"
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"Wade In the Water," Lyrics, Text Format



Minor tonality pitch in the relative major, intermediate
syncopation and a raised dominant (Si) functioning
as a leading tone to the parallel D Major.

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Description
 
  • Grade: Fifth

  • Origin: USA - African American Spiritual

  • Key: D minor (pitched in F Major)

  • Time: 4/4

  • Form: ABA - refrain/verse/refrain

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

  • Pitches: intermediate: Si La Do Re Mi So La - pentatonic scale with a raised dominant Si (functions as a leading tone to the parallel D Major)

  • Intervals: intermediate: La/Do\La (m3), La/Mi (P5), Mi/So\Mi (m3), Mi/La (P4), La\Si/La (m2), Mi\Do (M3)

  • Musical Elements: notes: half, dotted quarter, quarter, eighth;rest: eighth; syncopation, raised/sharp dominant (Si), tied notes, tied rhythms, vocal slurs, D.C. al Fine, Fine, two double barlines, refrain/verse/refrain, minor tonality

  • Key Words: USA history, African American history; world history: Israelites; sacred, spiritual, Bible stories, God, Moses

  • Recorder: advanced: introducing G#, high F, G, and A, syncopation

 
 


"Wade In the Water"

           
      Refrain    
   
Wade in the water.
Wade in the water, children;
Wade in the water.
God's goin' to trouble the water.
   
    1. See that band all dressed in white,
God's gonna trouble the water.
The leader looks like the Israelite,
God's gonna trouble the water.
   
      Refrain    
   
2.
See the band all dressed in red,
God's gonna trouble the water.
It looks like the band that Moses led,
God's gonna trouble the water.
   
      Refrain    
           


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