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No. 5: Song (Arrostino and Chorus)

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ARROSTIO.
  The Duke and the Duchess as they travel through the lands
    With the clips of their whips and their high jerry ho!
  Will pass by the rock where that monastery stands,
    In a first-class fine-folk fashion,
        With their high jerry ho!
      Their postilion in vermilion
And the rattle of their cattle,
        And their high jerry ho!
CHORUS.
        With their high jerry ho!
      Their postilion in vermilion
And the rattle of their cattle,
        And their high jerry ho!
Their high, their high jerry ho!

ARROSTIO.
  Minestra they’ll find as a tottering old crone,
    With her moans and her groans and her high jerry ho!
  Who has tumbled down the rock, and is lying all alone,
    And her cries will excite their compassion —
        With her high jerry ho!
      And her cropper so improper
And her fussy, “Lawk ha’ mussy,”
        And her high jerry ho!
CHORUS.
        With her high jerry ho!
      And her cropper so improper
And her fussy, “Lawk ha’ mussy,”
        And her high jerry ho!
Her high, her high jerry ho!

ARROSTIO.
  She’ll beg that the Duke will convey her to the friars,
    With their splint and their lint and their high jerry ho!
  Then he’ll take her up at once through the brambles and the briars;
    And her woes to the monks she’ll explain them,
        With their high jerry ho!
      With their wrappings and their strappings,
And their cackle on diachylon —
        Their high jerry ho!
CHORUS.
        With their high jerry ho!
      With their wrappings and their strappings,
And their cackle on diachylon —
        Their high jerry ho!
Their high, their high jerry ho!

ARROSTIO.
  By this time the monks will have fallen into our clutches,
    With their cries of surprise and their high jerry ho!
  And, disguised in the robes, we’ll receive the Duke and Duchess;
    And in custody close we’ll detain them,
        With their high jerry ho!
      And the pusses of those cusses,
And a ransom very handsome
        And a high jerry ho!
CHORUS.
        With their high jerry ho!
      And the pusses of those cusses,
And a ransom very handsome
        And a high jerry ho!
A high, a high jerry ho!

Exeunt all.


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