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Just So Songs
for children's voices, piano and (optional) percussion
Words by Rudyard Kipling
commissioned by Farnham Festival 2007
no 1 - The Camel's Hump
(from How the Camel Got His Hump)
The Camel's hump is an ugly lump
Which well you may see at the Zoo;
But uglier yet is the hump we get
From having too little to do.
no 2 - There runs a road
(from How the First Letter was Written)
There runs a road by Merrow Down -
A grassy track today it is -
An hour out of Guildford town,
Above the river Wey it is.
no 3 - Rolling down to Rio
(from The Beginning of the Armadillos)
I've never sailed the Amazon,
I've never reached Brazil;
But the Don and Magdalena,
They can go there when they will!
no 4 - Free and fair she flits
(from How the Alphabet was made)
Of all the Tribe of Tegumai
Who cut that figure, none remain, -
On Merrow Down the cuckoos cry -
The silence and the sun remain.
no 5 - Balkis and Solomon
(from The Butterfly that Stamped)
There was never a Queen like Balkis,
From here to the wide world's end;
But Balkis talked to a butterfly
As you would talk to a friend.
choral - high voices accompanied