Promusica Antiqua (From a Julius Monk Revue ca.1955) I'll sing you a song of the Cloisters if you hark. I'll sing of the Cloisters in Fort Tryon Park. Where I used to go in the month of June To listen to the riddle of an ancient tune At a concert given in the afternoon By the Pro Musica Antiqua, the Pro Musica Antiqua The Pro Musica, the Pro Musica, the Pro Musica Antiqua. It was at precisely such a recital I recall That I met a young man, like an oak tree, straight and tall. As we sat there together, and we spoke no word As within our hearts ---Ah, something stirred As we listened there to Buxtehude, Purcell and Byrd At the etc. He invited me to his flat For a cup of tea and a chat. For he said he had a batch of recordings to play Of Dufy and Dupres, so what could I say, but "Yes"! What a fool I was to go. What an idiot from tippy-top to toe. For behind that face and charming smile Lay a motive base and a manner vile. What a fool I was to go! But how could I nonny nonny nonny know? Well he took me up to his flat as he had said And he locked the door and he sat on his great double bed And he looked at me with eyes that lied And I knew when I saw that look in his eye That he had no recordings of Dupres and Dufy From the etc. Well there I stood. I was rooted in my place. As I viewed with dread my deceitful lover's face. For I knew from the lovesick look in his eye, He could lay me low with a single sigh Well he laid me low...and he laid me high At the etc. Now if you go to concerts on the grass And you're overfond of Gabrielli brass Or a gay Bonsel, Beware! Beware! Of what may come to pass. Of what may come to pass. Now the sound of a consort of viols makes me ill, And the lute and the zither make me sicker still. And every morning at the crowing of the cocks I wash my face and I comb my locks And I brush my teeth and I put a pox On the etc. Now maidens take fair warning from my tale. Beware! Beware of the music-loving male. You can go to the Cloisters if you choose And seek enchantment in the muse But I hate to tell you what you might lose At the etc. RG
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