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No. 14 - Song - Mayor, Tammas and Servants

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Mayor & Tammas:  From place to place I fare, lads,
A strolling ballad-monger,
Good songs we have to make you weep or swear;
Servants: Or swear.
Mayor & Tammas: And by peddling ballads rare, lads,
I satisfy my hunger.
Listen while I sing a sample air;
Servants: An air.
Mayor: We've ballads gay, or sentimental.
Servants: Sing one!
Tammas: I'll sing a specimen or two!
Here's to the maiden of bashful fifteen,
And here's to the widow of fifty!
Mayor: (interrupting) Oh, where, tell me where,
Where has my Highland laddie gone?
Tammas: (continuing) Let the toast pass!
Drink to each lass.
I warrant she'll prove an excuse for a glass.
Both: It's so pretty, you know!
Servants: Quite so!
Tenors & Mayor: Then hark, while I warble!
And listen pray to my soulful lay!
Basses & Tammas: Surely hearts of marble
Would melt at such a voice.
Tenors & Mayor: All true lovers of music
All: Will pay us/you money to keep away.
Mayor & Tammas: We've new songs, or old songs,
Servants: We really have no choice!
   
Mayor & Tammas: We've ballads gay and doleful,
We've tearful songs of mother,
Our drinking songs and hymns are something great.
Servants: They're great.
Mayor & Tammas: And our love-songs are so soulful,
You'll never buy another.
If to hear us sing one you will wait;
Servants: Go on!
Mayor: I've stirring ballads patriotic.
Servants: Sing one!
Tammas: Here is a pretty song for you!
Duncan Grey came here to woo!
Tenors & Mayor: Ha, ha! the wooing o't! ...
Tammas: Rule, Britannia!
Mayor: ...woo! Ha, ha! the wooing...
Tammas: Rule, Brit...
Mayor: Christmas eve when I was fou'...
Tammas: ...rules the waves!
Britons never, never, never shall be...
Mayor: God save our gracious King!
Tammas: ..unco sky,
Made poor Duncan nearly cry;
Mayor: ...noble King!
Servants: Bravo!
Mayor & Tammas: That really is so sweet!
Servants: Quite so!
Mayor & Tenors: Then hark while I/they warble,
And listen, pray, to my/their soulful lay.
Tammas & Basses:  Surely hearts of marble
Would melt at such a voice.
Mayor & Tenors: All true lovers of music ...
All: Will pay us/you money to keep away.
Mayor & Tammas: We've new songs, or old songs,
Servants: We really have no choice!

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