Composer: Steve DanielsonDetailsFormat: Mixed Choir - 4 voicesVoicing: SATBIncidental Divisi: S, A, TSolo Requirements: S, TAccompaniment: keyboardInstrumentation: pianoNotation: standardPerformance Length: 3:15 Study Scores & Audio FilesStudy Score & Audio Order Printed ScoresOrder site / Alternate source of score: sheetmusicplus.com Texts & TranslationsLanguage(s): EnglishText Source: Steve DanielsonText: Can't you hear the fiddle playin'? Can't you hear the music sayin', "Can't you take me back to when The world learned to sing?" Pre-Chorus Fiddle hi-diddle ai-diddle-ai, my honey, Hey diddle-ho diddle-up, my honey! Can't you take me back to when The world learned to sing? Can't you dance the high step (low step), Won't you dance along? Oh! Can't you find the point in time Where the world sang its first song? Pre-Chorus Chorus So, take me back, my partner! Take me back, my friend! Start me back at the very beginning And I'll sing it to the end! Solo Little Robin Ross, lived up in the hills, Never took a bath and never will! We're glad he's up there still! Robin had a mule: called it Master Dave. Dave went to school and learned some new rules And taught Robin to behave! Chorus Can't you hear the banjo strumming? Won't you sing along? Sayin', "Can't you take me back to when The world learned to sing. Pre-chorus Solo Into town came Robin, Master Dave in tow, They reached the town square and jumped in the air And dance the do-sai-do! Robin was a miser, his mule was gent. He gave sweet kisses to all of the misses Everywhere they went! Chorus Can't you hear the fiddle playin'? Can't you hear the music sayin', "Can't you take me back to when The world learned to... Chorus Take me back, my partner! Take me back, my friend! Start me back at the very beginning And I'll sing it to the end! Programming AidsPerformance Difficulty: moderateDescriptive Terms: joyfolkcelebrationpastfutureAllow Excerpts: Composition is a single movementComposer’s Notes: This original folk song written in a style similar to “Skip to My Lou” and “Bile Them Cabbage Down” is a look back at our musical past. In a world of disconnectedness, people are looking for ways to connect. This song looks back at a time when people came together to sing and tell stories. By learning from our past, we can learn how to negotiate the future. This song makes a great concert opener or closer! It is a raucous, galloping good time set for SATB choir and piano. The piece is also available for chorus and full orchestra. Written for a high school choir, the piece has also been performed by the University of Washington Chorale and the Ensign Symphony & Chorus in Seattle, WA. Additional InformationDate of Completion: February, 2015Date of First Performance: Sunday, March 22, 2015Premier Performance Data: Germantown High School Chamber Choir and Chorale (Steve Danielson, cond), 80th Floor, Empire State Building, New York, NYAdditional Performances: University of Washington Chorale, Spring 2018, Giselle Wyers, conductor. Ensign Symphony & Chorus, June 2019, premiere of full orchestration, Steve Danielson, conductor.