Jabberwocky Dandelion Back to: Some So-Called Music

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Jabberwocky

(version 2.01)
Music by Leonard Cohen ("Hallelujah")
Words by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, a.k.a. Lewis Carroll (as rearranged by Rich Brown)

I heard there was a vorpal sword,
That snickered through a spinal cord.
Do you find Carroll’s poetry too talky?
Those made-up words are treasure troves,
The ‘jubjub birds,’ the ‘borogoves,’
...the one I love the most is ‘jabberwocky.’

Jabberwocky
Jabberwocky
Jabberwocky
Jabberwocky

“Out there’s a scary catching claw,
A flaming eye, a toothy jaw.
To come back home alive, my boy, is the key.
There’s one thing to learn from your pa:
When something burbles from its craw,
Take care, you must beware the jabberwocky.”

Jabberwocky
Jabberwocky
Jabberwocky
Jabberwocky

He left behind the mome wraths,
His foe to find down winding paths,
Galumphing even while the way was rocky.
With gleaming vorpal blade at hand,
He schemed, daydreamed, and laid a plan:
To meet and to defeat the jabberwocky.

Jabberwocky
Jabberwocky
Jabberwocky
Jabberwocky

So thought the boy so uffishly,
Then fought beside a tumtum tree,
’Til homeward through the tulgey wood did walk he.
He took with him a souvenir,
With darkened eye and deafened ear:
The severed head of the dead jabberwocky.

Jabberwocky
Jabberwocky
Jabberwocky
Jabberwocky

And when the lad came from the wood,
His dad said gladly, “Knew you could!
You’re beamish, so your being back don’t shock me.
‘Callay’, I say, and ‘Callooh’, too,
O frabjous day; I’m proud of you:
You slew, and cut in two, the jabberwocky.”

Jabberwocky
Jabberwocky
Jabberwocky
Jabberwocky


Lyrics: Copyright 2014, Rich Brown (rmf51@FreeMars.org )


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Last rev: February 27, 2014 at 04:04 PM (a Thursday)