Songwriter's Activity

 

British soldiers were probably surprised to hear their songs changed into American songs! The two best examples of this are God Save the King/America, and Yankee Doodle.

Read the words again at the bottom of this page. Underneath each line are spaces [ ___...___ ___ ] for the individual syllables that create the melody.

Like poets, songwriters "break" many of the usual rules of written and spoken language. Look at the word every (e-e-ver-y) in America. When you say that word it has only 2 syllables. However, when you sing it, you give it 4 different notes: ___...___...___...___ and it sounds OK!

Write your own words using one syllable for each line. (Remember you can break the rules!)

Good Luck! Chose either God Save the King/America or Yankee Doodle to begin with.

At the bottom of this page you will find a link to an on-line rhyming dictionary. This is a wonderful resource for poets and songwriters!

God Save the King

 

God save our gra...cious King!
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Long live our no...ble King!
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God save the King!
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Send him vic...to...ri...ous,
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Hap...py and glo...ri...ous,
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Long to...o re...ign o-ver us,
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Go...od save the King!
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America

 

My coun-try 'tis of thee
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Sweet land of lib...er...ty
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Of thee I sing!
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Land where my fa...thers died,
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Land of thy pil...grim's pride
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From
e...e...ve...ry moun...tain side
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Le...et free..dom ring!
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British Yankee Doodle

 

Yan...kee Doo...dle came to town,

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For to buy a fire...lock,

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We will tar and fea...ther him,

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And so we will John Han...cock.

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American Yankee Doodle

 

Yan...kee Doo...dle went to town,

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A...rid...ing on a po...ny,

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Stuck a fea...ther in his cap

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And called it mac...a...ro...ni!

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INSTRUCTIONS FOR USING THE RHYMING DICTIONARY:

 1
Have a paper and a pencil ready.

2
Brainstorm and write down words you think you would like to use in your song.

 3
Click open the Online Rhyming Dictionary and type the word you want to rhyme. Remember to use your BACK button to return here!

4
When you click on the second box it shows you different choices for how you want your word to rhyme.

5
 Pick what type of rhyme you would like, and then click the last box.

6
 HINT: Some words will have lots of matches and some won't.

7
 Take your lists of words back to your desk to work on your poem or song.

 
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