I have my price - it's rather high (about the level of your eye) but if you're nice to me I'll try to lower it for you - To lower it! To lower it! Upon the rope they knit from yellow grass in Paraguay where knitting is taboo. Some knit them purl, some knit them plain some knit their brows of pearl in vain. Some are so plain, they try again to tease the wool of love! O felony in Paraguay there's not a soul in Paraguay who's worth the dreamingof. They say, who's worth the dreaming of.
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- by Mervyn Peake (1911 - 1968), "I Have My Price", appears in A Book of Nonsense, first published 1972 [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
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 (b. 1947), "I Have My Price", 2008 [ voice and piano ], from A Book of Nonsense, no. 17 [sung text checked 1 time]
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