The arpeggio passages, being in 6/8, are introduced by six eighth-note
The first is always quarter-note motion in 4/4; the second is always primarily eighth-note
motion in 3/4, often including some syncopation; the third is always primarily eighth-note
motion in 6/8.
The second stanza is introduced by a faster tempo and staccato eighth-note
octaves in the bass and sustained tritones in the treble that reflect the poet's hesitation and bashfulness at being so near the Saints and her hope that they will pronounce her name.
The commentary provides the context for this discrepancy by explaining that each of the early editions on which the present edition is based includes an extra eighth-note
rest at the end of the measure, making the measure three-and-a-half beats long.
There is quite a bit of syncopation, and phrases generally end with a longer note value followed by an eighth-note
He was the originator of the down-stroke eighth-note
guitar style, which is very difficult to do for hours on end like he did playing in the Ramones.
The canonic line does not express a regular (metrical) pulse larger than the eighth-note
micr opulse, and this keeps the 4:5 tempo relationship of the canonic voices from being obvious.
Sometimes, to achieve more swing, he changes a beat into an eighth-note
triplet or a dotted eighth/sixteenth.
The four parts share equal interest and independence, with eighth-note
motion emerging in different voices at different times.
The voice enters unaccompanied for the first phrase, followed in the piano by a single-voice, rising rapid staccato eighth-note
pattern in the bass clef, divided between the hands.
The piece uses a combination of metered and proportional notation, with the eighth-note
pulse notated by stems connected to a continuous beam above each part.
The relationship of the C# to the following B is more complex, being that of an eighth-note
triplet to a quarter-note quintuplet.