Polly wants a cracker (Chester G. Allen)

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  • CPDL #05148:        (Finale 2003)
Editor: Christian Steiner (submitted 2003-05-27).   Score information: A3, 1 page, 92 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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Title: Polly Wants a Cracker
Composer: Chester G. Allen

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Published: Library of Congress

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Original text and translations

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1. While other birdies warble in delight,
Upon your perch you're clinging,
As grave and sober, morning, noon and night,
Without one note of singing.
And still you chatter to yourself,
You hungry, discontented elf,
No matter whether skies are dull or bright,
It's "pretty Polly wants a cracker!"
Chatter, chatter, chatter, chatter, all the livelong day,
It's "pretty Polly wants a cracker!"

2. Your cage is always hanging in the sun,
And children homeward straying,
When school is over gather, one by one,
To hear what Poll is saying.
With sidelong head you ever stand,
Your appetite, it must be grand,
For all you answer to the children's fun,
Is "pretty Polly wants a cracker!"
Chatter, chatter, chatter, chatter, all the livelong day,
It's "pretty Polly wants a cracker!"

3. And yet, it strikes me, little people, too,
And big ones, for that matter,
Quite rarely here their quiet way pursue,
Nor still for something chatter.
Oh, never satisfied are we, as like poor Polly, as can be!
Some idle wish still calls to me and you,
"Oh! pretty Polly wants a cracker!"
Chatter, chatter, chatter, chatter, all the livelong day,
It's "pretty Polly wants a cracker!"