Owl and Pussycat
unison with chords – poem by Edward Lear – music by Peter Amidon
In Amidons’ book and companion CD “A Song In My Heart“. Peter wrote this in 1971, the year after he graduated from college (BA in Arts and Science with a concentration in music). He was living with some friends in the Berkshires of Massachusetts and had recently been laid off from his construction laborer job. It would be years before he had any inkling that he would have a career doing children’s music. Here is more information about the poem.
The Owl and the Pussycat
by Edward Lear
The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea
In a beautiful pea green boat,
They took some honey, and plenty of money,
Wrapped up in a five pound note.
The Owl looked up to the stars above,
And sang to a small guitar,
‘O lovely Pussy! O Pussy my love,
What a beautiful Pussy you are,You are,
What a beautiful Pussy you are!’
Pussy said to the Owl, ‘You elegant fowl!
How charmingly sweet you sing!
O let us be married! too long we have tarried:
But what shall we do for a ring?’
They sailed away, for a year and a day,
To the land where the Bong-tree grows
And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood
With a ring at the end of his nose,His nose,
With a ring at the end of his nose.
‘Dear pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling
Your ring?’ Said the Piggy, ‘I will.’
So they took it away, and were married next day
By the Turkey who lives on the hill.
They dined on mince, and slices of quince,
Which they ate with a runcible spoon;
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,
They danced by the light of the moon, The moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.