When the Roll Is Called up Yonder


The football team at my alma mater, East Texas State University, traditionally sang "When the Roll Is Called up Yonder" after every home win. Naturally, I had to learn how to play it. The rhythm can be tricky at first, so I also have an easier version of When the Roll Is Called up Yonder available.


              When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder

                                           James Black, 1893
                                       Mandolin tablature by 
                                    Elizabeth T. Knuth, 1998

Key: G

Somewhat fast, like a march, syncopated.

Tip: *All* of the eighth notes in this song are dotted.  So 
the typical rhythm is: 
dotted eighth followed by a sixteenth, four times.

Verse:        

E--||----------------|------------------------------------------|
A--||--8:---------0--|--2------2--2------2--2------0------------|
D--||--8:--5---------|--------------------------------5------5--|
G--||----------------|------------------------------------------|
           |      |     |      |  |      |  |      |  |      |  
           |_     |=    |_     |= |_     |= |_     |= |_     |=                   

         When    the  trum -  pet of   the Lord shall sound  and


|------------------------------------------|
|--0------------------------------------0--|
|---------5--5------2--0---------5---------|
|------------------------------------------|
   |      |  |      |  |    |    |      |
   |_     |= |_     |= |    |    |_     |=

 time  shall be    no  more,    And    the


|------------------------------------------|
|--2------2--2------2--2------2--0---------|
|---------------------------------------5--|
|------------------------------------------|
   |      |  |      |  |      |  |      |
   |_     |= |_     |= |_     |= |_     |=

  mor - ning breaks e-ter-  nal, bright and

 
|------------------------------------------|
|--0------------------------------------0--|
|--------------------------------5---------|
|------------------------------------------|
   |    |    |    |    |    |    |      |
   |    |    |    |    |    |    |_     |=

   fair,                        When   the


|------------------------------------------|
|--2------2--2------2--2------0------------|
|--------------------------------5------5--|
|------------------------------------------|
   |      |  |      |  |      |  |      |
   |_     |= |_     |= |_     |= |_     |=

 saints  of God    are ga- thered o -  ver


|------------------------------------------|
|--0------------------------------------0--|
|---------5--5------2--0---------5---------|
|------------------------------------------|
   |      |  |      |  |    |    |      |
   |_     |= |_     |= |    |    |_     |=                               

  on     the o -  ther shore,   And    the


|------------------------------------------|
|--2------2--2---------0------0--0---------|
|-------------------5-------------------4--|
|------------------------------------------|
   |      |  |      |  |      |  |      |
   |_     |= |_     |= |_     |= |_     |=

  roll   is called up  yon - der, I'll  be


                                 Refrain:

|------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------2------3--|
|--5---------------------------------------|
|------------------------------------------|
   |    |    |    |    |    |    |      |
   |    |    |    |    |    |    |_     |=

   there!                       When   the

 
|------------------------------------------|
|--5-------------------5------3--2------3--|
|-----------(0------0--0)------------------|
|------------------------------------------|
   |    |    |    | |= |      |  |      |
   |    |    |    |    |_     |= |_     |=

  roll     (When   the roll) is  called up


|------------------------------------------|
|--5-------------------2---------2------2--|
|------------------------------------------|
|------------------------------------------|
   |    |    |    |    |    |    |      |
   |    |    |    |    |    |    |_     |=

   yon      -         der,      When   the


|------------------------------------------|  
|--3-------------------3------2--0------2--|
|-----------(0------0--0)------------------|
|------------------------------------------|
   |    |    |    | |= |      |  |      |
   |    |    |    |    |_     |= |_     |=                                                              

   roll    (When   the roll) is called  up


|------------------------------------------|
|--3-------------------0---------2------3--|
|------------------------------------------|
|------------------------------------------|
   |    |    |    |    |    |    |      |
   |    |    |    |    |    |    |_     |= 

   yon      -         der,      When   the


|------------------------------------------|
|--5-------------------5------2--0---------|
|-----------(0------0--0)---------------5--|
|------------------------------------------|
   |    |    |    | |= |      |  |      |
   |    |    |    |    |_     |= |_     |=

  roll     (When   the roll) is called  up


|------------------------------------------|
|----------------------3---------3------0--|
|--5---------------------------------------|
|------------------------------------------|
   |    |    |    |    |    |    |      |
   |    |    |    |    |    |    |_     |=

   yon      -         der,      When   the


|------------------------------------------|
|--2------2--2---------0------0--0---------|
|-------------------5-------------------4--|
|------------------------------------------|
   |      |  |      |  |      |  |      |
   |_     |= |_     |= |_     |= |_     |=

  roll   is called up yon - der, I'll  be


|------------------------------||
|------------------------------||
|--5---------------------------||
|------------------------------||
   |    |    |    |    |    |
   |    |    |    |    |    |

   there!

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==                 TABLATURE EXPLANATION                  ==
============================================================

----------                ----------
----(8)--- Ghost          -4:------- Time
---------- Note           -4:------- Signature
----------                ----------

Tune: Roll Call

The meter is irregular.

If you want to swing it a bit, downbeat is on the first and fourth beats in the verse, and on only the first beat for most of the refrain.

The optional notes in the refrain are syncopated, dotted eighth, sixteenth, dotted eighth. They're easy to play. Just hit the half note preceding, and let it ring (continue to hold your finger down) while you pick the open D string. If you were singing, this would be the tenors' part.

If you like, you can hear a MIDI file of "When The Roll Is Called up Yonder".


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