Dana Abbott: Baby, Baby, Naughty Baby

Instrumentation: soprano and piano
Playing time: 3'
Baby, Baby, Naughty Baby, a Mother Goose lyric from the early 1800’s is ripe with possibility.  There are 2 versions of this on YouTube. This one, a fine collaboration of Laura Anderson & Rick Yramategui, has a fitting British restraint contrasting the intensity of the lyric and its humor.  Molly Garcia sings the early version.
                                         A Mother Goose Drama
     Baby, baby, naughty baby,                             Baby, baby, if he hears you,
Hush you squalling thing I say,                    As he gallops past the house,
Peace this moment, peace or maybe,        Limb from limb as once he’ll tear you,
Bonaparte will pass this way.                       just as pussy tears a mouse.
     Baby, baby, he’s a giant,                                 And he’ll beat you, beat you, beat you,
Tall and black as Monmouth steeple,        And he’ll beat you all to pap,
And he breakfasts, dines, and suppers,    And he’ll eat you, eat you, eat you,
Every day on naughty people.                    Every morsel, snap, snap, snap!

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