Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Wha's Fu the Noo?

(That's how it would be if Robert Burns had written it.)



Here's another one for the CFC Song Book. (Published by Thomas Ravenscroft in 1609)






Who's the Fool Now?

Martin said to his man
Fie, man, fie
Martin said to his man
Who’s the fool now?
Martin said to his man
Fill thou the cup and I the can
Thou hast well drunken man
Who’s the fool now?


I saw the Man in the Moon ....
Cloutin’ of Saint Peter’s shoon ....

I saw a goose ring a hog ....
And a snail bite the dog ....

I saw the hare chase the hound ....
Forty miles above the ground ....

I saw the mouse chase the cat ....
And the cheese eat the rat ....

I saw a maid milk a bull ....
Every pull a bucket full ....

Martin said to his man
Fie, man, fie
Martin said to his man
Who’s the fool now?
Martin said to his man
Fill thou the cup and I the can
Thou hast well drunken man
Who’s the fool now?


(I give no guarantee that the verses will be sung in the printed order. I propose it be performed a-cappella. Generally I'm in the key of D and, for percussionists, it's in 3/4 time. Other participants may know additional nonsense verses. If so, kindly indicate that you intend to interject same by throwing an undergarment in the middle of the table.)

1 comment:

Arturo Cappelliano, counter-tenor said...

"a-capella"?
Readers and Colin should refer to http://www.singers.com/a-cappella.html where, inter alia, they say: The predominant, and most "correct" spelling, is a cappella - two words, two "p's", two "l's.".