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Stevensonia

Song Cycle by Vladimir Drozdoff


?. Auntie's skirt [
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Language: English

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Whenever Auntie moves around,
Her dresses make a curious sound,
They trail behind her up the floor,
And trundle after through the door.


?. Singing [
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Language: English

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Of speckled eggs the birdie sings
And nests among the trees;
The sailor sings of ropes and things
In ships upon the seas. 

The children sing in far Japan,
The children sing in Spain;
The organ with the organ man
Is singing in the rain.


?. Windy nights [
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Language: English
Translation(s): FRE

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    * FRE French (Fran├žais) (Sylvain Labartette) , title 1: "Nuit venteuse", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Whenever the moon and the stars are set,
Whenever the wind is high,
All night long in the dark and wet,
A man goes riding by.

Late in the night when the fires are out,
Why does he gallop and gallop about?
Whenever the trees are crying aloud,
And ships are tossed at sea,

By, on the highway, low and loud,
By at the gallop goes he.
By at the gallop he goes, and then
By he comes back at the gallop again.


Submitted by Ted Perry

?. Time to rise [
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Language: English
Translation(s): ITA

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    * ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , title 1: "Ora di alzarsi", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

A birdie with a yellow bill
Hopped upon the window sill,
Cocked his shining eye and said:
"Ain't you 'shamed, you sleepy-head?"


?. Rain [
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Language: English
Translation(s): ITA

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    * ITA Italian (Italiano) (Paolo Montanari) , title 1: "Pioggia", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

The rain is raining all around,
It falls on field and tree,
It rains on the umbrellas here,
And on the ships at sea.


?. Marching song [
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Bring the comb and play upon it!
Marching, here we come!
Willie cocks his highland bonnet,
Johnnie beats the drum.

Mary Jane commands the party,
Peter leads the rear;
Feet in time, alert and hearty,
Each a Grenadier!

All in the most martial manner
Marching double-quick;
While the napkin like a banner
Waves upon the stick!

Here's enough of fame and pillage,
Great commander Jane!
Now that we've been round the village,
Let's go home again.


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