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The first song I wrote for my Aural Skills class. I did not expect things to become popular, and wasn't yet aiming to be very pedagogical. It was just a fun way to play with solfege puns in the same way that Rogers and Hammerstein did with "Do, a deer."

Nevertheless, it is beloved by many, and reinforces the function of all of the diatonic solfege syllables in a major key.


Dough, I had a lot of dough until I gave my dough to Ray.
Ray took all my dough, so then I asked Ray to give me dough.
Give me dough, Ray! Ray, give me dough!

So far, Ray won't give me dough.
So far, Ray just says "la la la la la la la"
So far, Ray won't give me tea, either.
And tea's what Ray and me like best.

Turns out that Ray, he lost my dough.
Turns out that Ray, he lost my tea, too.
So me and Ray are gonna have a chat.
Me and Ray are gonna work it out
So there is dough and tea for me, Ray, and lots of our friends.

So here's our plan:
Just give me and Ray dough.
(And tea.)


from The Well Trained Ear: songs to strengthen aural skills, released May 20, 2019
David Newman - Piano and Voices


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David Newman Harrisonburg, Virginia

Educational Songwriter, Classical Singer, Digital Creator and Innovator, Science Geek and Music Nerd.

Music Theory and Voice Faculty at James Madison University.

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