Gilbert and Sullivan Archive
Mirette

Song of the Duck

No. 2, Sung by Bobinet and Chorus

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BOBINET:
I know a little farmyard nicely stocked,
But the churlish farmer keeps it locked;
And the way that I go, when I pay a call
Is over the top of the farmyard wall.
So I climbed to the top,
And down with a flop,
And into the yard, you see;
When bow-wow-wow
Gr-r-row, row,
A dog looked out at me!

"Dilly, dilly, dilly," said I to the duck,
But she would not come - not she! not she!
And as I went after the duck, bad luck,
The dog came after me!

CHORUS:

"Dilly, dilly, dilly," said he to the duck,
But the dog looked fierce, fierce and grim,
And as he went after the duck, bad luck,
The dog came after him!

BOBINET:

Then away went the duck, and away went I,
Under the gate, and into the sty,
Till splash! in the pond, with a quack she fell,
And splash! in the pond went I as well.
It was green with weed,
Very green indeed,
And it's left me much as you see:
But I stuck to my duck
With considerable pluck,
Though the dog had stuck to me!

"Dilly, dilly, dilly," it's a very fine duck,
And so he ought to be, to be!
For though I have all, all of the duck, bad luck,
The dog has part of me!

CHORUS:
"Dilly, dilly, dilly," it's a very fine duck,
And fine and sound in wind and limb;
But though he has all, all of the duck, bad luck,
The dog has part of him!

 

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