Aura Lee is a sentimental ballade of the Civil War era. It enjoyed wide popularity, adopted by soldiers on both side. The melody was used in Elvis Presley's 1956 hit song Love Me Tender

Instructions: This song uses the applied dominant chords V7/IV, V7/V, and V7/vi and their resolutions. 

  1. Listen to the audio file called "Real."
    • Be sure to locate the V7/IV, V7/V, and V7/vi cadences.
  2. Using the Rhythm Worksheet, mark the chord changes at the beginning of the measure where the changes occur.
  3. Choose a voicing style from the list below, and using "Worksheet 2 or 3," write in your harmonization.
  4. Play hands together.

Aura Lee rhythm

Aura Lee voicing