List Of Songs in Common Meter: Please Comment To Add Other Songs

These are "8686", songs, eigh syllables in first line, six in the nexts, then eight...
God rest Ye Merry Gentleman
O God Our Help In Ages Past
Amazing Grace
Yankee Doodle
America the Beautiful
Brighton Camp
The Marine Hymn
O Susannah
The Happy Wanderer (verses)
The Alpha Phi Omega toast song
I've been Working on the Railroad
Amazing Grace
Giligan's Island
House of the Rising Sun
Oh Little Town of Bethlehem
The Yellow Rose of Texas
Joy to the World
Auld Lang Syne
Beverly Hillbillies Theme
Ghost Riders in the Sky
Stairway to Heaven
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
Navy Hymn ( Eternal Father)
Angels We Have heard On High
Down By The Riverside

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I'm getting frustrated because I can't figure out how to sing "Because I Could Not Stop for Death" to the tune of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen...the refrain at the end of the chorus in that song is getting me.

For me it's easier to sing it to either the Gilligan's Island theme or House of the Rising Sun

You forgot "The Rains of Castamere"

JohnH5261 year ago

Battle Hymn of the Republic

tkenck4 years ago
The Colorado School of Mines / Georgia Tech fight Songs
lionsbru4 years ago
You're actually mixing (up) "ballad meter" and "common meter". The latter, the form used in many hymns, is always strictly iambic; ballad meter is not be so strict, allowing for additional syllables and varying types of metrical feet Just start singing the Gilligan's Island theme, and you'll notice there are often more than three syllables to a foot, whereas Amazing Grace always has just two. This also explains why it's generally much easier to sing the strict CM hymns to the ballad tunes than the other way round.

One other, perhaps less obvious or critical difference -- ballad meter is less demanding in rhyme structure. Common meter typically follows the A-B-A-B scheme; ballads only require that second a fourth lines rhyme (X-A-X-A).
Wilmette (author) 5 years ago
Four Things:

"Id like to teach the World To Sing" to the list

When "Because I Could Not Stop for Death" is sung to "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" , the universally accepted practice is to retain the chorus of "God Rest Ye ..."

Finally, I knew about editing. I was modelling the use of comments.

There are two amazing Graces, I am pretty sure.

Now , please, add more songs.

kelseymh5 years ago
You must really like Amazing Grace, since you've listed it twice.
Heh. Anyone else thinking of the relevant xkcd?
79, or 851?
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