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Seven Somewhat Silly Songs

Word count: 163

Song Cycle by Emma Lou Diemer (b. 1927)

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1. A little lamb

Language: English

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2. Samson Agonistes

Language: English

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3. Comment [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Language: English

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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

4. The fly [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Language: English

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God, in his wisdom
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5. I'm nobody [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Language: English

Translation(s): FRE GER GER ITA

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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Walter A. Aue) , "Ich bin ein Niemand! Wer bist Du?", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Io non sono nessuno, e tu?", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


I'm nobody! Who are you?
Are you nobody, too?
Then there's a pair of us - don't tell!
They'd [banish us]1, you know.

How dreary to be somebody!
How public, like a frog
To tell [your]2 name the livelong [day]3
To an admiring bog!


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1 Bacon, G. Coates: "advertise"
2 Bacon, G. Coates: "one's
3 Bacon, G. Coates: "June"

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6. One perfect rose [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Language: English

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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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7. Limericks

Language: English

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