5 Songs for Contralto

Song Cycle by John Milton Cage (1912 - 1992)

Word count: 231

1. Little Four Paws [sung text not yet checked]

why did you go
little fourpaws?
you forgot to shut
your big eyes.

where did you go?
like little kittens
are all the leaves
which open in the rain.

little kittens who
are called spring,
is what we stroke
maybe asleep?

do you know?or maybe did
something go away
ever so quietly
when we weren't looking.

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Confirmed with E. E. Cummings, Tulips and Chimneys, in Chansons Innocentes, New York: Liveright, 1976, page 27.

First published as "V" in Seven Poems, in The Dial, Vol. 68, No. 1, January 1920

Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Poom Andrew Pipatjarasgit [Guest Editor]

2. Little Christmas Tree [sung text not yet checked]

little tree
 [ ... ]

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3. In Just- [sung text not yet checked]

in Just-
spring          when the world is mud-
luscious the little
lame balloonman
 
whistles       far         and wee --
 
and eddieandbill come
running from marbles and
piracies and it's
spring
 
when the world is puddle-wonderful
the queer
old balloonman whistles
far       and         wee
and bettyandisbel come dancing
 
from hop-scotch and jump-rope and
 
it's
spring
and
        the
 
                goat-footed
 
balloonMan         whistles
far
                                and
                wee

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First published as "IV" in Five Poems, in The Dial, Volume 68 no. 5, May 1920.

Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

4. hist whist [sung text not yet checked]

hist whist/ little ghostthings
 [ ... ]

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1 W. Mayer: "twitchy"

5. Another Comes [sung text not yet checked]

Tumbling-hair
 [ ... ]

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