Poor Little Tom-ee! (Alfred James Caldicott)

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  • (Posted 2023-09-29)  CPDL #75879:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-09-29).   Score information: Letter, 12 pages, 850 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Poor Little Tom-ee!
Composer: Alfred James Caldicott
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1886 Metzler & Co.

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Original text and translations

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The leap was great, but the deed must be done,
    Poor, poor little Tomee!
And the top of the pole would hold only one,
    Poor, poor little Tomee!
But as it held she, but little cared he,
So he hunch’d himself up for a big Jamboree—
    Poor, poor little Tomee!

He shot thro’ the air like a lefthanded flyer,
    Poor, poor little Tomee!
And nearly shot thro’ his darling Maria,
    Poor, poor little Tomee!
He saw the fur flee from the back of the she,
But where went the pieces is a mystery—
    Poor, poor little Tomee!

He sat all alone on the telegraph pole,
    Poor, poor little Tomee!
He cried for Maria, outpouring his soul,
    Poor, poor little Tomee!
He meant it in fun, but the deed it was done,
For the top of the pole will hold only one,
    Poor, poor little Tomee!

A policeman spied him alone, in full view,
    Poor, poor little Tomee!
He shot only once, But the bullet went through,
    Poor, poor little Tomee!
The hole you couold see thro’ little Tomee,
And this is the end of the Catastrophee.
    Poor, poor little Tomee!