Cairo (pronounced CARE-o) is the southernmost city in Illinois (USA). It lies on the junction of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers.


(Folk song)

Goin’ down to Cairo, Goodbye and a goodbye
Goin’ down to Cairo, Goodbye Liza Jane.

Mop that deck and make it shine (echo)
Mop that deck and make it shine (echo)

Recorder Notes D, E, G, A, B, D’


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  • Composition Handout
  • Song with chords in 2 keys, Orff arrangement, Lesson ideas for Form (AB, call & response), Melody (improvisation in F & G), Student Recorder Copies (notes D,E,G,A,B) (PDF)
  • MIDI file
  • Listen to the song

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3 thoughts on “Goin’ Down to Cairo”

  1. Amit Kshirsagar LLP

    I wish to thank my music teacher, mr. Carroll hart, at Lawton elementary school in 1982, for teaching me this special song

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