10. The Lady Godiva
Having duped her husband into agreeing to repeal the taxes, Lady Godiva must now keep her side of the bargain. But how can she maintain her dignity and fulfil her promise? This samba style telling of the Godiva story will reveal all - just like Lady Godiva had to!
‘The Lady Godiva’ demands stamina as lots of breath is required to sing all of the long notes of the refrain; breathe deeply and keep it going. The verses are softer and reflective and the narrative is important so we need to hear the words clearly. At the end, be ready for the final Go diva! exclamation - there is only one chance to get it right.
The samba rhythm of the refrain has eight quavers divided into a 3:3:2 feel and this permeates the whole song. The verses demand lots of breath and stamina KS1 (take a breather during the middle section between verses),
Use the breath marks to ensure each line in the chorus sounds strong.
Sing the verses in harmony - KS2
Play clave rhythms [3:3:2] in the verses and bells ringing through the middle section.
3 claps in the penultimate bar need to be rhythmic and precise - claves would make a suitable addition
♫ Which song by the band Queen mentions Lady Godiva?
Listen to Lady Godiva by Boney M https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHz-ePuYw20
💡 Sort the fact from the fiction. Whilst Lady Godiva was undoubtedly real, the legend that surrounds her has changed and been embellished over the years. Research her story and make a true or false quiz to test your friends and family.