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The Circus Band


Performance Music: Charles Ives
Text: Charles Ives
Composed 1894
Published originally in 114 Songs,
1921 (self-published)
Available in
114 Songs by Charles E. Ives
Peer/Southern/Presser © 1953

Performed by Jerry Hadley & Craig Rutenberg




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The Circus Band

All summer long we boys dreamed 'bout circus joys!
Down Main Street comes the band,
Oh! "ain't it a grand and glorious noise!"
Horses are prancing,
Knights advancing
Helmets gleaming,
Pennants streaming,
Cleopatra's on her throne!
That golden hair is all her own.
Where is the lady all in pink?
Last year she waved to me I think,
Can she have died? Can! that! rot!
She is passing but she sees me not.


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