Speak roughly to your little boy
Speak roughly to your little boy,
And beat him when he sneezes;
He only does it to annoy,
Because he knows it teases.
I speak severely to my boy,
I beat him when he sneezes;
For he can thoroughly enjoy
The pepper when he pleases!
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Note: this is a parody of David Bates' "Speak Gently."
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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Gary Bachlund , "Pig and Pepper", 1991, published 1996 [high voice or medium voice and piano], from "Alice" Songs, no. 3. [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by John Woods Duke (1899 - 1984), "The Duchess' Lullaby", 1982 [baritone and piano], from Five Lewis Carroll Poems, no. 5. [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by Ulf A. Grahn , "The Duchess' Lullaby", published 1989, first performed 1992. [voice, piano] [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by Liza Lehmann (1862 - 1918), "Speak Roughly to Your Little Boy", published 1908 [contralto], from Nonsense Songs: The Songs That Came Out Wrong, no. 4. [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by Nicholas Maw (b. 1935), "Speak roughly to your little boy", published 1978 [voice (or unison voices) and piano], from Caroline Pink (and other Nonsense Rhymes), no. 1, London ; New York : Boosey & Hawkes [ sung text checked 1 time]
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