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A Year and a Day

by Robert Palomo

A salt-flavored sea shanty based on the classic children's poem "The Owl and the Pussycat" by 19th-century English poet Edward Lear.
Genre: Folk: Sea Shanties
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I have taken a well-known children's poem by the 19th-century English poet, Edward Lear (1812-1888), and set it to music in sea shanty style. The verses are almost, but not quite verbatim from Lear's poem. The chorus is mine, albeit with a borrowed expression from Lear, which forms the track title.

One of my earliest memories from my childhood is my mum reading this poem aloud. That was long before I learned about biology, so the idea that an Owl and a Cat sail would away to sea and decide to get married didn't seem at all odd. The fact that they found they lacked a ring made sense. My folks had rings, they were married, so obviously a ring was a requirement.

It took the pair a while (a year and a day!) to locate one - in a far-off land, attached to the nose of a Pig. Our neighbors were farmers and even at a very tender age I'd seen their big boar hog with a nose ring, so that idea didn't seem strange either. The couple strikes what was evidently a fair deal for it, and then they go off and find a Turkey to perform the ceremony - probably not the first turkey ever to conduct a wedding, and likely not the last!

The story ends happily with a wedding night supper and dance on the beach under the moonlight. What's not to like?

Image Credits:
Moon on Sea:
Frank van de Velde on Flickr-dot-com
CC BY-SA 2.0 (MODIFIED)

Owl & Pussycat Sailing:
sammydavisdog on Flickr-dot-com
CC BY 2.0 (MODIFIED)

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