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Songs of Perfect Propriety

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Song Cycle by Seymour Barab (1921 - 2014)

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1. Song of perfect propriety [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

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Oh, I should like to ride the seas
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2. Now at liberty [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

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Little white love, your way you've taken
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3. Ultimatum [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

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I'm wearied of wearying love, my friend
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4. Renunciation [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

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Chloe's hair, no doubt, was brighter
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5. Inventory [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

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Four be the things I am wiser to know
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6. Social note [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

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Lady, lady should you meet
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7. A very short song [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

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Once, when I was young and true
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8. One perfect rose [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

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A single flow'r he sent me, since we met.
    All tenderly his messenger he chose;
Deep-hearted, pure, with scented dew still wet --
    One perfect rose.

I knew the language of the floweret;
    "My fragile leaves," it said, "his heart enclose."
Love long has taken for his amulet
    One perfect rose.

Why is it no one ever sent me yet
    One perfect limousine, do you suppose?
Ah no, it's always just my luck to get
    One perfect rose.


First published in Life, January 4, 1923

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9. Wisdom [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

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This I say, and this I know
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10. Men [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

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They hail you as their morning star
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11. Lullaby [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

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Sleep, pretty lady, the night is enfolding you
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12. Comment [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

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Oh, life is a glorious cycle of song
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First published in New York World, August 16, 1925

13. Symptom recital [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

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I do not like my state of mind
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14. The false friends [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

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They laid their hands upon my head
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15. Love song [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

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My own dear love, he is strong and bold
    And he cares not what comes after.
His words ring sweet as a chime of gold,
    And his eyes are lit with laughter.
He is jubilant as a flag unfurled --
    Oh, a girl, she'd not forget him.
My own dear love, he is all my world, --
    And I wish I'd never met him.

My love, he's mad, and my love, he's fleet,
    And a wild young wood-thing bore him!
The ways are fair to his roaming feet,
    And the skies are sunlit for him.
As sharply sweet to my heart he seems
    As the fragrance of acacia.
My own dear love, he is all my dreams, --
    And I wish he were in Asia.

My love runs by like a day in June,
    And he makes no friends of sorrows.
He'll tread his galloping rigadoon
    In the pathway of the morrows.
He'll live his days where the sunbeams start,
    Nor could storm or wind uproot him.
My own dear love, he is all my heart, --
    And I wish somebody'd shoot him.


First published in Life, October 23, 1924

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16. Indian Summer [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

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In youth, it was a way I had
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17. Somebody's song [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

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This is what I vow
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18. Song of one of the girls [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

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Here in my heart I am Helen
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19. Bric-Brac [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

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Little things that no one needs
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20. They part [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

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And if, my friend, you'd have it end
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21. Chant for dark hours [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

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Some men, some men
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22. The choice [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

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He'd have given me rolling lands
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23. The trusting heart [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

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Oh, I'd been better dying
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24. Coda [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

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There's little in taking or giving
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