The Alan Sondheim Mail Archive

February 23, 2010


Four songs from Notes on the Fox Wapanowiweni

translated/edited by Truman Michelson, Smithsonian, 1932


You like to hear it, my son;
You like to hear it, my son;
You like to hear it, my son;
You like to hear it, my son;
You like to hear it, my son;
You like to hear it, my son;
You like to hear it, my son;
You like to hear it, my son;
I beat the light out of it for you;
I beat the light out of it for you;
You like to hear it, my son;
You like to hear it, my son;
You like to hear it, my son;
You like to hear it, my son;
I beat the light out of it for you;
I beat the light out of it for you;
You like to hear it, my son;
You like to hear it, my son;
You like to hear it, my son;
You like to hear it, my son;
I stamp out the light for you;
I stamp out the light for you;
I stamp out the light for you;
I stamp out the light for you;
I stamp out the light for you;
I stamp out the light for you;
I stamp out the light for you;
I stamp out the light for you;
I stamp out the light for you.

I never, egad, cease speaking;
I never, egad, cease speaking;
I never, egad, cease speaking;
I never, egad, cease speaking;
I never, egad, cease speaking;
I never, egad, cease speaking;
I never, egad, cease speaking;
I never, egad, cease speaking;
I never, egad, cease speaking;
He who hears me; I (never) cease speaking;
He who hears me; I (never) cease speaking;
I never, egad, cease speaking;
I never, egad, cease speaking;
I never, egad, cease speaking;
I never, egad, cease speaking;
I never, egad, cease speaking;
I never, egad, cease speaking;
I never, egad, cease speaking;
I never, egad, cease speaking;
He who hears me; I (never) cease speaking;
He who hears me; I (never) cease speaking;
I never, egad, cease speaking;
I never, egad, cease speaking;
I never, egad, cease speaking.

He probably sees them in motion when I dance them about;
He probably sees them in motion when I dance them about;
He probably sees them in motion when I dance them about;
He probably sees them in motion when I dance them about;
He probably sees them in motion when I dance them about;
He probably sees them in motion when I dance them about;
The people; when I dance them about;
The mystic songs;
He probably sees them in motion when I dance them about;
He probably sees them in motion when I dance them about;
He probably sees them in motion when I dance them about;
He probably sees them in motion when I dance them about;
He probably sees them in motion when I dance them about;
He probably sees them in motion when I dance them about;
He probably sees them in motion when I dance them about;
He probably sees them in motion when I dance them about;
The people; when I dance them about;
The people; when I dance them about;
He probably sees them in motion when I dance them about;
He probably sees them in motion when I dance them about;
He probably sees them in motion when I dance them about;
He probably sees them in motion when I dance them about;
He probably sees them in motion when I dance them about;
He probably sees them in motion when I dance them about;
He probably sees them in motion when I dance them about;
He probably sees them in motion when I dance them about.

This life of mine, hang it up for me;
This life of mine, hang it up for me;
This life of mine, hang it up for me;
This life of mine, hang it up for me;
This life of mine, hang it up for me;
This life of mine, hang it up for me;
This life of mine, hang it up for me;
Snapping Turtle, hang it up for me;
This life of mine, hang it up for me;
This life of mine, hang it up for me;
This life of mine, hang it up for me;
This life of mine, hang it up for me;
This life of mine, hang it up for me;
This life of mine, hang it up for me;
This life of mine, hang it up for me;
This life of mine, hang it up for me;
This life of mine, hang it up for me;
This life of mine, hang it up for me;
Snapping Turtle, hang it up for me;
Snapping Turtle, hang it up for me;
This life of mine, hang it up for me;
This life of mine, hang it up for me;
This life of mine, hang it up for me;
This life of mine, hang it up for me;
This life of mine, hang it up for me.

Now I stand first;
Now I stand first;
Now I stand first;
Now I stand first;
Now I stand first;
Now I stand first;
Now I stand first;
Now I stand first;
Everything that flies about;
Sounds all (different) sounds;
When you come;
Now I stand first;
Now I stand first;
Now I stand first;
Now I stand first;
Now I stand first;
Now I stand first;
Now I stand first;
Everything that walks about;
Sounds all (different) sounds;
When you come;
Now I stand first;
Now I stand first;
Now I stand first;
Now I stand first.

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