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You Are Cordially Invited to the Life and Death of Edward Lear

by The Winding Sheet Outfit

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1.
They went to sea in a Sieve, they did, In a Sieve they went to sea: In spite of all their friends could say, On a winter’s morn, on a stormy day, In a Sieve they went to sea! And when the Sieve turned round and round, And every one cried, ‘You’ll all be drowned!’ They called aloud, ‘Our Sieve ain’t big, But we don’t care a button! we don’t care a fig! In a Sieve we’ll go to sea!’ Far and few, far and few, Are the lands where the Jumblies live; Their heads are green, and their hands are blue, And they went to sea in a Sieve.
2.
The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea In a beautiful pea-green boat, They took some honey, and plenty of money, Wrapped up in a five-pound note. The Owl looked up to the stars above, And sang to a small guitar, "O lovely Pussy! O Pussy, my love, What a beautiful Pussy you are, You are, You are! What a beautiful Pussy you are!" Pussy said to the Owl, "You elegant fowl! How charmingly sweet you sing! O let us be married! too long we have tarried: But what shall we do for a ring?" They sailed away, for a year and a day, To the land where the Bong-Tree grows And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood With a ring at the end of his nose, His nose, His nose, With a ring at the end of his nose. "Dear Pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling Your ring?" Said the Piggy, "I will." So they took it away, and were married next day By the Turkey who lives on the hill. They dined on mince, and slices of quince, Which they ate with a runcible spoon; And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand, They danced by the light of the moon, The moon, The moon, They danced by the light of the moon.
3.
"Bless my heart — nine monstrous turkeys! — Gracious! — all the garden's full! — And one great one with a jerk has Pounced upon my favourite gull!" — Through the noise of turkeys calling, Now was heard, distinct and well, From the Southern window squalling Many a long and awful yell.
4.
"Mr Abebika kratoponoko Prizzikalo Kattefello Ablegorabalus Ableborinto phashyph" or "Chakonoton the Cozovex Dossi Fossi Sini Tomentilla Coronilla Polentilla Battledore & Shuttlecock Derry down Derry Dumps"
5.
SCYTHES FOREVER! They went to sea in a Sieve, they did, In a Sieve they went to sea: In spite of all their friends could say, On a winter’s morn, on a stormy day, In a Sieve they went to sea! And when the Sieve turned round and round, And every one cried, ‘You’ll all be drowned!’ They called aloud, ‘Our Sieve ain’t big, But we don’t care a button! we don’t care a fig! In a Sieve we’ll go to sea!’ Far and few, far and few, Are the lands where the Jumblies live; Their heads are green, and their hands are blue, And they went to sea in a Sieve.
6.
And far away in the twilight sky, We heard them singing a lessening cry,-- Farther and farther till out of sight, And we stood alone in the silent night! Often since, in the nights of June, We sit on the sand and watch the moon;-- She has gone to the great Gromboolian plain, And we probably never shall meet again! Oft, in the long still nights of June, We sit on the rocks and watch the moon;-- ----She dwells by the streams of the Chankly Bore, And we probably never shall see her more. Ploffskin, Pluffskin, Pelican jee! We think no Birds so happy as we! Plumpskin, Ploshkin, Pelican jill! We think so then, and we thought so still! (They went to sea in a sieve they did, in a sieve they went to sea... In spite of all their friends could say, on a winter's morn, on a stormy day In a sieve they went to sea.... In a sieve they went to sea....)

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The soundtrack for a show by The Winding Sheet Outfit, premiered at the 2019 Minnesota Fringe Festival.

ALL PROCEEDS GO TO DIRECTLY TO THE ARTISTS WHO CREATED THESE SONGS. Except Edward Lear. Alas, he is dead.

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released July 24, 2020

All lyrics by Edward Lear.

ACCORDION JUMBLIES
Vocals: Kayla Dvorak Feld, Kristina Fjellman, Dan Linden, Sam Landman, Boo Segersin
Accordion: Derek Lee Miller
Composition: Ensemble

THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT
Vocals: Kayla Dvorak Feld, Kristina Fjellman, Sam Landman, Boo Segersin
Toy Piano: Derek Lee Miller
Composition: Derek Lee Miller and Boo Segersin

TURKEY DISCIPLINE
Vocals: Boo Segersin
First French Horn: Kayla Dvorak Feld
Second French Horn: Sam Landman
Accordion: Derek Lee Miller
Composition: set to "Shades of Evening/isle of Beauty" traditional, credited to Thomas Haynes Bayly

ABEBIKA RHYTHM PROJECT
Vocals: Derek Lee Miller, Boo Segersin, Kayla Dvorak Feld, Kristina Fjellman, Dan Linden, Sam Landman

TROMBONE JUMBLIES
Vocals: Kayla Dvorak Feld, Kristina Fjellman, Dan Linden, Sam Landman, Boo Segersin
Trombone: Andre Johnson Jr
Human Air Horn: Dan Linden
Composition: Ensemble

PELICAN CHORUS
Vocals: Sam Landman
Backup Vocals: Boo Segersin, Kristina Fjellmand, Kayla Dvorak Feld
Guitar: Derek Lee Miller
Cello: Dan Linden
Bird Sounds: Boo Segersin
Composition: Derek Lee Miller, Dan Linden, Sam Landman, and Ensemble

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The Winding Sheet Outfit makes carefully crafted new work based on historical lives and old stories.
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