Once I Had a Sweetheart, an Appalachian folk song with piano accompaniment in three keys. This lovely and wistful tune won my heart the very first time I heard it... chances are your beginning voice students will love it too!
This beautiful and singable Appalachian song has been sung by a number of folk artists, including Joan Baez. I think the soundtrack on this video is her voice in concert, singing in the key of B:
Because this free vocal sheet music is a folk tune, you will find slightly different versions of the lyrics, some with more verses than others.
And not surprisingly, there is also a different melody for these words, which has been arranged for band (a very pretty tune in 4/4 time - you can listen to the band version by hunting on this page at Sheetmusicplus for the "Listen" button). I like the melody I have arranged here the best:
I have to admit that even after finishing these two arrangements of the folk song, I still keep playing with the chords. I've also decided that I prefer a slightly different rhythm at measure 1 of the last line - a dotted quarter note followed by an eighth, as performed by Marianne Faithfull (find her on Youtube).
I guess that's why it's hard to pin down the "authentic" version of any folk song - people keep tweaking it! You will find a number of singers performing this song on Youtube - recommend to your students that they choose a favorite version.
It's a good idea for your beginning singers to listen to how other singers have performed a song. Imitation of other singers' styles is an excellent way to learn how to sing better.
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