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Sword, Song, and Barrow


Lyrics: Master John Inchingham            


The chorus for this piece is played upon the 'tongue mandolin' -
an ancient and venerable instrument that anyone can attempt to play.
John says that the best part of this song for him is, watching his audience
make that attempt.

Upon the road 'tween hither and yon
I met a fool named Inchingham, John
He challenged me, the Dragon Pharoh
With a sword and a song and a wheelbarrow
A sword and a song and a wheelbarrow

The jester's weapon forth he drew
He said "Worm king, now I'll smite you!"
But I laughed loud, loud as I could
'Cause you can't slay a dragon with a sword of wood
Can't slay a dragon with a sword of wood

The clown sang me a lullaby
He sought to soothe me and sneak by
But I just smiled with serpent's glee
'Cause you can't charm a dragon if you sing off key
Can't charm a dragon if you sing off key

The ninny offered me a ride
He said he'd serve me, I grinned wide
Then I hopped on, much to his sorrow
'Cause you can't cart a dragon in a wheelbarrow
Can't cart a dragon in a wheelbarrow

The barrow broke 'neath my regal mass
The wheel rim rolled to that motley ass
He framed his face with iron tire
Said, what do you see in my mirror sire?
What do you see in my mirror sire?

I gave him gold for his wheel to fix
And bowed and called him the king of tricks
What could I do, but let him pass?
Or say I saw a fool in the looking glass?
Say I saw a fool in the looking glass.

Upon the road 'tween hither and yon
I met a fool named Inchingham, John
He challenged me, the Dragon Pharoh
With a sword and a song and a wheelbarrow
Sword and a song and a wheelbarrow

He challenged me, the Dragon Pharoh
With a sword and a song and a wheelbarrow
Sword and a song and a wheelbarrow
Sword and a song and a wheelbarrow

Lyrics © 2005 Steve Katlack
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