Kikirikee

Word count: 1341

?. All the bells were ringing [sung text not yet checked]

All the bells were ringing
And all the birds were singing,
When Molly sat down crying
For her broken doll:
O you silly Moll!
Sobbing and sighing
For a broken doll,
When all the bells are ringing
And all the birds are singing. 

Authorship

Set by by Charles Wood (1866 - 1926), published 1925 [ unison chorus and piano ]

Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

?. Angels at the foot [sung text not yet checked]

Angels at the foot,
 And Angels at the head,
And like a curly little lamb
 My pretty babe in bed.

Authorship

Set by by Charles Wood (1866 - 1926), published 1925 [ unison chorus and piano ]

Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

?. Dancing on the hill-tops [sung text not yet checked]

Dancing on the hill-tops,
 Singing in the valleys,
Laughing with the echoes,
 Merry little Alice.

Playing games with lambkins
 In the flowering valleys,
Gathering pretty posies,
 Helpful little Alice.

If her father's cottage
 Turned into a palace,
And he owned the hill-tops
 And the flowering valleys,
She'd be none the happier,
 Happy little Alice.

Authorship

Set by by Craig Sellar Lang (1891? - 1971), published 1925 [ voice and piano ]

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?. A diamond or a coal? [sung text not yet checked]

A diamond or a coal?
  A diamond, if you please:
Who cares about a clumsy coal
  Beneath the summer trees?

A diamond or a coal?
  A coal, sir, if you please:
One comes to care about the coal
  What time the waters freeze. 

Authorship

Set by by Henry George Ley (1887 - 1962), published 1925 [ voice and piano ]

Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

?. Eight o'clock, the postman's knock [sung text not yet checked]

Eight o'clock;
The postman's knock!
Five letters for Papa;
  One for Lou,
  And none for you,
And three for dear Mamma.

Authorship

Set by by Herbert Norman Howells (1892 - 1983), published 1925 [ voice and piano ]

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?. An emerald is as green as grass [sung text not yet checked]

An emerald is as green as grass;
  A ruby red as blood;
A sapphire shines as blue as heaven;
  A flint lies in the mud.

A diamond is a brilliant stone,
  To catch the world's desire;
An opal holds a fiery spark;
  But a flint holds fire. 

Authorship

Set by by Charles Wood (1866 - 1926), published 1925 [ unison chorus and piano ]

Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

?. Hear what the mournful linnets say [sung text not yet checked]

Hear what the mournful linnets say:
  "We built our nest compact and warm,
But cruel boys came round our way
  And took our summerhouse by storm.

"They crushed the eggs so neatly laid;
  So now we sit with drooping wing,
And watch the ruin they have made,
  Too late to build, too sad to sing." 

Authorship

Set by by Emily Daymond , published 1925 [ voice and piano ]

Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

?. Heartsease in my garden bed [sung text not yet checked]

Heartsease in my garden bed,
  With sweetwilliam white and red,
Honeysuckle on my wall:--
  Heartsease blossoms in my heart
When sweet William comes to call,
  But it withers when we part,
And the honey-trumpets fall.

Authorship

Set by by R. T. White , published 1925 [ voice and piano ]

Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

?. Hopping frog [sung text not yet checked]

Hopping frog, hop here and be seen,
  I'll not pelt you with stick or stone:
Your cap is laced and your coat is green;
  Good bye, we'll let each other alone.

Plodding toad, plod here and be looked at,
You the finger of scorn is crooked at:
But though you're lumpish, you're harmless too;
You won't hurt me, and I won't hurt you. 

Authorship

Set by by Charles Macpherson (1870 - 1927), published 1925 [ voice and piano ]

Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

?. I am a King [sung text not yet checked]

I am a King,
  Or an Emperor rather,
I wear crown-imperial
  And prince's-feather;
Golden-rod is the sceptre
  I wield and wag,
And a broad purple flag-flower
  Waves for my flag.

Elder the pithy
  With old-man and sage,
These are my councillors
  Green in old age;
Lord-and-ladies in silence
  Stand round me and wait,
While gay ragged-robin
  Makes bows at my gate. 

Authorship

Set by by Craig Sellar Lang (1891? - 1971), published 1925 [ voice and piano ]

Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

?. I know a baby [sung text not yet checked]

I know a baby, such a baby, --
  Round blue eyes and cheeks of pink,
Such an elbow furrowed with dimples,
  Such a wrist where creases sink.

"Cuddle and love me, cuddle and love me,"
  Crows the mouth of coral pink:
Oh, the bald head, and, oh, the sweet lips,
  And, oh, the sleepy eyes that wink! 

Authorship

Set by by William Henry Harris, Sir (1883 - 1973), published 1925 [ voice and piano ]

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?. If a mouse could fly [sung text not yet checked]

If a mouse could fly,
  Or if a crow could swim,
Or if a sprat could walk and talk,
  I'd like to be like him.

If a mouse could fly,
  He might fly away;
Or if a crow could swim,
  It might turn him grey;
Or if a sprat could walk and talk,
What would he find to say? 

Authorship

Set by by Thomas Frederick Dunhill (1877 - 1946), published 1925 [ voice and piano ]

Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

?. If all were rain [sung text not yet checked]

If all were rain and never sun,
  No bow could span the hill;
If all were sun and never rain,
  There'd be no rainbow still.

Authorship

Set by by Martin Akerman , published 1925 [ voice and piano ]

Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

?. If I were a Queen [sung text not yet checked]

If I were a Queen,
  What would I do?
I'd make you King,
  And I'd wait on you.

If I were a King,
  What would I do?
I'd make you Queen,
  For I'd marry you. 

Authorship

Set by by Charles Macpherson (1870 - 1927), published 1925 [ voice and piano ]

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?. If the sun could tell us half [sung text not yet checked]

If the sun could tell us half
  That he hears and sees,
Sometimes he would make us laugh,
    Sometimes make us cry:
Think of all the birds that make
  Homes among the trees;
Think of cruel boys who take
    Birds that cannot fly.

Authorship

Set by by William Henry Harris, Sir (1883 - 1973), published 1925 [ voice and piano ]

Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

?. Lie a-bed, sleepy head [sung text not yet checked]

Lie a-bed,
Sleepy head,
Shut up eyes, bo-peep;
Till daybreak
Never wake: --
Baby, sleep.

Authorship

Set by by Charles Wood (1866 - 1926), published 1925 [ unison chorus and piano ]

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?. A linnet in a gilded cage [sung text not yet checked]

A linnet in a gilded cage, --
  A linnet on a bough, --
In frosty winter one might doubt
  Which bird is luckier now.

But let the trees burst out in leaf,
  And nests be on the bough,
Which linnet is the luckier bird,
  Oh who could doubt it now?

Authorship

Set by by Hilda M. Grieveson , published 1925 [ voice and piano ]

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?. Love me, -- I love you [sung text not yet checked]

Love me, - I love you,
  Love me, my baby;
Sing it high, sing it low,
  Sing it as may be.

Mother's arms under you,
  Her eyes above you;
Sing it high, sing it low,
  Love me, - I love you.

Authorship

Set by by Thomas Frederick Dunhill (1877 - 1946), published 1925 [ voice and piano ]

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?. Margaret has a milking-pail [sung text not yet checked]

Margaret has a milking-pail,
  And she rises early;
Thomas has a threshing-flail,
    And he's up betimes.
Sometimes crossing through the grass
  Where the dew lies pearly,
They say "Good morrow" as they pass
    By the leafy limes.

Authorship

Set by by George Dyson (1883 - 1964), published 1925 [ voice and piano ]

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?. Mother shake the cherry-tree [sung text not yet checked]

Mother shake the cherry-tree,
  Susan catch a cherry;
Oh how funny that will be,
  Let's be merry!

One for brother, one for sister,
  Two for mother more,
Six for father, hot and tired,
  Knocking at the door. 

Authorship

Set by by Herbert Norman Howells (1892 - 1983), published 1925 [ voice and piano ]

Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

?. O wind, why do you never rest [sung text not yet checked]

O wind, why do you never rest
  Wandering, whistling to and fro,
Bringing rain out of the west,
  From the dim north bringing snow?

Authorship

Set by by Martin Akerman [ voice and piano ]

Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

?. Oh, fair to see [sung text not yet checked]

Oh, fair to see
Blossom-laden cherry tree,
  Arrayed in sunny white;
  An April day's delight,
Oh, fair to see!

Oh, fair to see
Fruit-laden cherry tree,
  With balls of shining red
  Decking a leafy head,
Oh, fair to see! 

Authorship

Set by by John Francis Holcombe Read (b. 1821), published 1925 [ voice and piano ]

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?. When a mounting skylark sings [sung text not yet checked]

When a mounting skylark sings
	In the sunlit summer morn,
I know that heaven is up on high,
	And on earth are fields of corn.

But when a nightingale sings,
	In the moonlit summer even,
I know not if earth is merely earth,
	Only that heaven is heaven.

Authorship

Set by by Edgar Leslie Bainton (1880 - 1956), published 1925 [ voice and piano ]

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?. Pussy has a whiskered face [sung text not yet checked]

Pussy has a whiskered face,
Kitty has such pretty ways;
Doggie scampers when I call,
And has a heart to love us all. 

Authorship

Set by possibly by Hubert S. Middleton , published 1925 [ voice and piano ], note: may be by a different H. S. Middleton

Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

?. Rushes in a watery place [sung text not yet checked]

Rushes in a watery place,
And reeds in a hollow;
A soaring skylark in the sky,
A darting swallow;
And where pale blossom used to hang
Ripe fruit to follow. 

Authorship

Set by by Alan Palmer , published 1925 [ voice and piano ]

Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

?. The days are clear [sung text not yet checked]

The days are clear,
 Day after day,
When April's here,
 That leads to May,
And June
Must follow soon:
 Stay, June, stay! --
If only we could stop the moon
And June!

Authorship

Set by by Herbert Norman Howells (1892 - 1983), published 1925 [ voice and piano ]

Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

?. O wind, where have you been [sung text not yet checked]

O wind, where have you been,
  That you blow so sweet?
Among the violets
  Which blossom at your feet.

The honeysuckle waits
  For Summer and for heat.
But violets in the chilly Spring
  Make the turf so sweet. 

Authorship

Set by by Emily Daymond , published 1925 [ voice and piano ]

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?. There's snow on the fields [sung text not yet checked]

There's snow on the fields,
  And cold in the cottage,
While I sit in the chimney nook
  Supping hot pottage.

My clothes are soft and warm,
  Fold upon fold,
But I'm so sorry for the poor
  Out in the cold.

Authorship

Set by by Hilda M. Grieveson , published 1925 [ voice and piano ]

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?. Three plum buns [sung text not yet checked]

Three plum buns
  To eat here at the stile
In the clover meadow,
  For we have walked a mile.

One for you, and one for me,
  And one left over:
Give it to the boy who shouts
  To scare sheep from the clover. 

Authorship

Set by by John Francis Holcombe Read (b. 1821), published 1925 [ voice and piano ]

Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

?. Twist me a crown of wind-flowers [sung text not yet checked]

Twist me a crown of wind-flowers;
  That I may fly away
To hear the singers at their song,
  And players at their play.

Put on your crown of wind-flowers:
  But whither would you go?
Beyond the surging of the sea
  And the storms that blow.

Alas! your crown of wind-flowers
  Can never make you fly:
I twist them in a crown to-day,
  And to-night they die. 

Authorship

Set by by Basil Harwood (1859 - 1949), published 1925 [ voice and piano ]

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?. Wee wee husband [sung text not yet checked]

Wee wee husband,
  Give me some money,
I have no comfits,
  And I have no honey.

Wee wee wifie,
  I have no money,
Milk, nor meat, nor bread to eat,
  Comfits, nor honey. 

Authorship

Set by by Craig Sellar Lang (1891? - 1971), published 1925 [ voice and piano ]

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?. When the cows come home [sung text not yet checked]

When the cows come home the milk is coming,
Honey's made while the bees are humming;
Duck and drake on the rushy lake,
And the deer live safe in the breezy brake;
And timid, funny, brisk little bunny,
Winks his nose and sits all sunny.

Authorship

Set by by Edgar Leslie Bainton (1880 - 1956), published 1925 [ voice and piano ]

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?. Your brother has a falcon [sung text not yet checked]

Your brother has a falcon,
	Your sister has a flower.
But what is left for mannikin,
	Born within an hour?

I'll nurse you on my knee, my knee,
	My own little son;
I'll rock you, rock you, in my arms,
	My least little one.

Authorship

Set by by Dorothy Wauchope Stewart , published 1925 [ voice and piano ]

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Researcher for this text: Ted Perry