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Song #2 from Osgood Rex, and the first one that takes place fully in the cartoon world. When thinking about cartoon music from the late 20's/early 30's, the very first thing that came to mind was Cab Calloway's work with Max Fleischer. And really, the dirgy minor key stomp of songs like Minnie The Moocher and Saint James Infirmary seem pretty perfectly suited for the entrance of a Greek Chorus of cartoon characters. Here's the lyrics, along with the little bit of scene that precedes it. Enjoy!

PARADOS


CHORUS

Behold! What’s this that mars the Great Blank Wastes,

Most ancient, sacred Doorway of the Gods

Eckhart and Bert, oh bless-ed be their names!

For here in this white space they do create

A litany of wonders to behold -

In wintertime, a forest of fir trees

Whose stately limbs do sprout lovely fur coats.

In autumn, leaves cascade and gently fall -

Along with anvils, very heavy safes,

And the occasional piano grand.


CHORUS LEADER

Such sweetly zany music our Lords make,

Yet this resembles not their handiwork -

No sense of humor, no reason nor rhyme,

A message neither comical nor clear.


CHORUS

It just feels too plain random, don’tcha think?


CHORUS LEADER

And if it’s not, it sure is Greek to me.

Rim shot. Awkward beat.


CHORUS

Well, since we’ve got that joke out of the way,

Let us all ponder what this sign portends.


CHORUS LEADER

For look! The shadow spreads across the land!


CHORUS

From north unto the south, from east to west,

Things look decidedly less funny now.


CHORUS LEADER

WHAT HAS BEFALLEN YOU, BELOVED GAG-FILLED SOIL?

YOUR SMILING SUN HAS COME DOWN WITH THE BLUES!


CHORUS

WOE, WOE, WOE UNTO US

WOE, WOE, WOE UNTO US


CHORUS LEADER

THE BUTTERCUPS HAVE GONE AND LET THEIR BUTTER BOIL

THE COBBLESTONES HAVE LEFT OFF MAKING SHOES!


CHORUS

WOE, WOE, WOE UNTO US

WOE, WOE, WOE UNTO US!


CHORUS LEADER

FROM ON HIGH-DE-HIGH-DE-HIGH


CHORUS

FROM ON HIGH-DE-HIGH-DE-HIGH


CHORUS LEADER

WE’RE BROUGHT LOW-DE-LOW-DE-LOW


CHORUS

WE’RE BROUGHT LOW-DE-LOW-DE-LOW!


CHORUS LEADER

WITH A SIGH-SIGH-SIGH


CHORUS

WITH A SIGH-SIGH-SIGH


CHORUS LEADER AND CHORUS

WE CRY WOE UNTO US


Antistrophe


CHORUS

OUR MINDS THAT ONCE WERE FERTILE, FILLED WITH ANTICS RARE

NOW ECHO, CHAMBERS EMPTY OF ALL MIRTH


CHORUS LEADER

I SAY WOE UNTO US!


CHORUS

WOE, WOE, WOE UNTO US

OUR LIMBS, ONCE FULL OF PRATFALLS ARE NOW BONES LAID BARE

JUST WAITING TO BE BURIED IN THE EARTH


CHORUS LEADER

WOE, WOE, WOE UNTO US!


CHORUS

WOE, WOE, WOE UNTO US.


CHORUS LEADER

FROM ON HIGH-DE-HIGH-DE-HIGH-DE-HIGH-DE-HIGH-DE-HIGH-DE-HIGH


CHORUS

FROM ON HIGH-DE-HIGH-DE-HIGH-DE-HIGH-DE-HIGH-DE-HIGH-DE-HIGH


CHORUS LEADER

WE’RE BROUGHT LOW-DE-LOW-DE-LOW-DE-LOW-DE-LOW-DE-LOW-DE-LOW!


CHORUS

WE’RE BROUGHT LOW-DE-LOW-DE-LOW-DE-LOW-DE-LOW-DE-LOW-DE-LOW!


CHORUS LEADER

WE SIGH-DE-SIGH-DE-SIGH-DE-SIGH-DE-SIGH-DE-SIGH-DE-SIGH


CHORUS

WE SIGH-DE-SIGH-DE-SIGH-DE-SIGH-DE-SIGH-DE-SIGH-DE-SIGH


CHORUS LEADER AND CHORUS

AND CRY WOE UNTO US!


Epode


CHORUS

OH GODS ON HIGH NOW HEAR OUR CRY, SOOTHE OUR UNREST

AND GRACE OUR EYES WITH WONDERS ONCE AGAIN


CHORUS LEADER

A MIRACLE THAT LEAVES US SUITABLY IMPRESSED

COULD REALLY COME IN HANDY NOW AND THEN!

FROM YOUR HIGH-DE-HIGH-DE-HEIGHT


CHORUS

FROM YOUR HIGH-DE-HIGH-DE-HEIGHT


CHORUS LEADER

COME AND SHOW-DE-SHOW-DE-SHOW


CHORUS

COME AND SHOW-DE-SHOW-DE-SHOW


CHORUS LEADER

YOUR MIGHTY MIGHTY MIGHT


CHORUS

YOUR MIGHTY MIGHTY MIGHT


CHORUS LEADER AND CHORUS

AND TAKE AWAY THIS WOE FROM US!

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