Peter's Lament for the Death of the Duck

from by The Bombadils

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Inspired by Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf.

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Peter is a punk, a bright and clever young (ster), stirrin' up the ground with his sling-shot gun. His friends a re the duck and the bird in the tree, when the cat came a-sneakin' they had to flee.

What kind of bird are you, if you can't fly? What kind of bird are you, if you can't swim? What kind of bird are you, if you can't cry? What kind of bird are you, if you can't win?

Peter doesn't swim and he doesn't fly, doesn't listen to his grandpa, telling him why, "keep out the forest of the wolf will come, howlin' and runnin' from the hunter's gun."

On a crisp autumn day, with his friends of feather, Peter set out to show that he knew better. The wolf saw the pass and after them stole-- the dear ol' duck, he swallowed her whole!

Fairest friend, where will you go? Will you turn to dust, or the ocean floor? Will you fit through a needle as I fall on my knees? Will you wrestle, or rest in peace? Will you wrestle, or rest in peace?

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from Fill Your Boots! (2012), released June 12, 2012

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