Rolling down to Rio (Edward German)

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  • (Posted 2023-10-20)  CPDL #76481:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-10-20).   Score information: Letter, 12 pages, 821 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Rolling down to Rio
Composer: Edward German
Lyricist: Rudyard Kipling
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1919 Novello and Co.
Description: Arranged for SATB by Edward German from his song for solo voice.

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

I’ve never sailed the Amazon,
    I’ve never reached Brazil;
But the Don and Magdalena,
    They can go there when they will!

Yes, weekly from Southampton,
    Great steamers, white and gold,
Go rolling down to Rio
(Roll down—roll down to Rio!)
    And I'd like to roll to Rio
Some day before I’m old!

I've never seen a Jaguar,
    Nor yet an Armadill–
O dilloing in his armour,
    And I s’pose I never will,

    Unless I go to Rio
    These wonders to behold
    Roll down—roll down to Rio
    Roll really down to Rio!
    Oh, I’d love to roll to Rio
    Some day before I'm old!

The Beginning of the Armadilloes
Just So Stories (1902)