I’ve Been Working on the Railroad

Advanced syncopation, advanced intervals, triplets, repeated melodic rhythm patterns, and the raised/sharped tonic (Di) makes this popular folk song fun and challenging. Includes all there (3) sections of the song.

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  • Grade: Fourth
  • Origin: USA - Folk Song, cir. 1894 Princeton University
  • Key: G Major
  • Time: 4/4
  • Form: by page: 1-A, 2-BC, 3-D; song: ABCD
  • Rhythm: advanced: | ta/ ti ti/ ri ti/ ri | syncopation, | ta/a ta/a | ta/ ti ta ta | syncopation, | ta/a/a (ta) | ta/a ta ti/ ri | syncopation, | ta ti/ ri ti/ ri ti/ ri | syncopation, | ti/ ri ti/ ri ta ta | syncopation, | ta ta ta/a | ta ta ta ta | ta/a ta/a | ti/ ri ti/ ri ti ti ta | syncopation, | ta/a/a/a | ti-ti-ti ta ta/a | triplets, | ta ta ti-ti-ti ta | triplets, | ti ti ti ti ta ta |
  • Pitchesadvanced: So La Ti Do Di Re Mi Fa So La - raised/sharped tonic (Di), extended range
  • Intervalsadvanced: Do\So/Do, Mi\Do, Do/Fa, Fa\Do, Re\Di/Re, So/Fa, Mi\La, Do\La, Do/Mi, So/Do, La/Re, Re\Ti, Mi\Do\So descending tonic arpeggio, So/Do/Mi ascending tonic arpeggio, Fa/La8
  • Musical Elements: notes: whole, dotted half, half, dotted quarter, quarter, dotted eighth, eighth, sixteenth; rest: quarter; repeated melodic rhythm patterns, advanced syncopation, vocal slurs, triplets
  • Key Words: USA history, glee club song, Princeton University, work song, railroad, live-long, pass time away, whistle, blowing, rise up, morn, captain, shouting, blow your horn, kitchen, strumming, banjo; contractions: I've (I have), don't (do not), someone's (someone is); abbreviation: strummin' (strumming)

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