A very bad cold (George R. Sturgis)

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  • (Posted 2023-12-12)  CPDL #78130:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-12-12).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 489 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: A very bad cold
Composer: George R. Sturgis
Lyricist: Rens. DeGeer
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1887 R. H. Meredith & Co.

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Original text and translations

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Now, ladies and gentlemen, listen, I pray,
No doubt you have often been told
That singers, when called upon, always complain
Of having a very bad cold.

Our leaders, the Basses, have spoken the truth,
We believe every word they have said;
The adage, though ancient, in our case ’tis true,
For we have a cold in the head.

Yes, the adage is true, as has often been said,
We’ve a cold in the throat, in the nose, in the head;
But we’ll do all we can in our power to please,
But you may have to wait till we cough and we sneeze,
For we all have a very bad cold,
Yes, we all have a very bad cold.

And we are as bad as a Tenor, or Bass,
Our singing, the fact will disclose
That we are unfit for a musical race,
For we have a cold in the nose.

And we, like a Tenor, and Alto, and Bass,
Excuses can find for each note;
We cough and we sneeze with the greatest of ease,
You see, we’ve a cold in the throat.