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Ode to a Musicologist
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I’m a musicologist
I’m finding out what everyone missed
Diggin’ around till what was lost becomes found
An amazing phenomenon, one that goes on and on
A musicologist

Bein’ out on a dig is my favourite gig
Searchin’ high and low
Ballads are my fave, work songs are the rave
While protest songs come and go

I love them sea shanties sung by the Raging Grannies
Well, shiver me timbers, m’dear
Oh, you’ll get the gist, as you look at my list
An amazing phenomenon, one that goes on and on
A musicologist

I’m a musicologist
I’m finding out what everyone missed
Diggin’ around till what was lost becomes found
An amazing phenomenon, one that goes on and on
A musicologist

There’s songs about whiskey, women, and beer
There’s songs about lavender blue
There’s more than one about Wolfe, that historical bum
Who became quite pickled in brew

There’s songs about love, and other nasty things
And songs to sing down in the mines
Oh, you’ll get the gist, as you look at my list
An amazing phenomenon, one that goes on and on
A musicologist

I’m a musicologist
I’m finding out what everyone missed
Diggin’ around till what was lost becomes found
An amazing phenomenon, one that goes on and on
A musicologist

I’ll give the song ownership, where it is due
If in doubt, I’ll just say ‘anon’
I’ll sing it to make sure that it’s really quite pure
If not, I’ll change what is wrong

I’ll classify and number each jewelled folk wonder
And give it a place in folk history
It’s an amazing phenomenon, one that goes on an on
A musicology degree

I’m a musicologist
I’m finding out what everyone missed
Diggin’ around till what was lost becomes found
An amazing phenomenon, one that goes on and on
A musicologist

©1996 Edward John Barrington