Tuesday, January 26, 2010

1-26-09 Maggie and Milly and Molly and May

alright, I cheated a little bit on this one. The lyrics in this song are an e.e. cummings poem. I could write songs to cummings' poems all day. Whilst looking for an appropriate image for this, I found out (to my chagrin) that I'm actually not the first person to set this poem to music.

Here's the full text of the poem:

maggie and milly and molly and may
went down to the beach (to play one day)

and maggie discovered a shell that sang
so sweetly she couldn’t remember her troubles, and

milly befriended a stranded star
whose rays five languid fingers were;

and molly was chased by a horrible thing
which raced sideways while blowing bubbles: and

may came home with a smooth round stone
as small as a world and as large as alone.

For whatever we lose (like a you or a me)
it’s always ourselves we find in the sea

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