Alexander (Herbert Brewer)

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  • (Posted 2023-09-27)  CPDL #75794:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-09-27).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 502 kB   Copyright: Personal
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Editor: Douglas Walczak (submitted 2022-12-29).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 70 kB   Copyright: Personal
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  • (Posted 2021-08-16)  CPDL #65511:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2021-08-16).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 130 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score.

General Information

Title: Alexander
Composer: Herbert Brewer
Lyricist: Anonymous
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsongHumorous Song

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1919 The Musical Times no.915

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

There was a chap who kept a store,
And, though there might be grander,
He sold his goods to all who came,
And his name was Alexander.

He mixed his goods with cunning hand,
He was a skillful brander;
And since his sugar was half sand,
They called him Alex-Sander.

He had his dear one, and she came,
And lovingly he scanned her,
He asked her would she change her name,
Then ring did Alex-hand-her.

“Oh yes,” she said, with smiling lip,
“If I can be commander;”
And so they framed a partnership,
And called it Alex-and-her!