All summer long, we boys dreamed 'bout big circus joys! Down Main street, comes the band, Oh! "Aint it a grand and glorious noise!" Horses are prancing, knights advancing; Helmets gleaming, pennants streaming, Cleopatra's on her throne! That golden hair is all her own. Where is the lady all in pink? Last year she waved to me I think, Can she have died? Can! that! rot! She is passing but she sees me not.
- by Charles Edward Ives (1874 - 1954) [author's text checked 1 time 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), "The Circus Band", 2006 [medium voice or high voice and piano], from The Circus Band and Other Delights, no. 1 [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by Charles Edward Ives (1874 - 1954), "The Circus Band", 1894, from Five Street Songs, no. 5 [ sung text checked 1 time]
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- SPA Spanish (Español) (Alfredo García) , "La banda del circo", copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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