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Calico Canturquil


Lyrics and Refrain: Master John Inchingham            
Music for Verses:   Master Alexander de Seaton



Chorus:
When hey diddle diddle, clawed the cat on the fiddle,
Brother Beaver played the bones.
The Bygolly Dog twanged, Otter sang refrain,
In that Canturquil cat’s windmill home.
Verses:
Upon the bonny banks of the perilous Pilchard Sea,
There grew an ancient orchard of pale-red apple trees.
At the core of this old grove stood a wobbly windmill.
On the gears in the middle,
Sat a cat with a fiddle,
Called Calico Canturquil.

A beaver left the Abby of St. Bohdran’s Blessed Beasts,
To seek that minstrel moggy, Bard of Catastrophe;
Swam past nasty shad-fish; gnawed through gnarled apple boughs;
To the Windmill of Skew,
Where the tunecat mewed,
“Hey nonny nonny, holy cow!”

A dog of many moons jumped on a bygolly brigantine.
He sailed the sibilant Sea of Sinister Sardines;
Debarked in that garden of Eden’s famous fruit;
Then he strummed his guitar,
And he laughed, “Har har!
Hey cat, can I join your group?”

An errant otter joined the song of that mad menagerie.
“Long the shore, the four wasailed along, till Calico got hung-ery.
That cat’s crew said seafood would come to them who croon . . .
Though their meal-plan was daring,
When they sang to the herring,
All the fish swam away from the tune.

Lyrics & Refrain  © 2004 Steve Katlack
Music for Verses © John Seaton
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