A Tale to Sing

Ballad. A narrative poem of strongly marked rhythm suitable for singing.

My oldest brother brought one of these home from camp. He brought dozens of stories and even a songbook home also. The ones my other brother and I latched on to were the silly ones. You know the type – the ones your mother finds you singing or reciting and walks away shaking her head.

I’ve not happened upon this one again. So let me introduce you to the theme contained in┬áJohnny LeBec.

In the first verse and chorus we are introduced to Johnny LeBec, the owner of a wonderful sausage machine.

In the second verse “all the neighbors cats and dogs disappear” and we have a chorus about the wonderful sausage machine.

In the third verse Johnny is fixing his sausage machine late one night when his wife begins sleepwalking. No chorus is necessary.

Are all the parents reading this shaking their heads is dismay?

About these ads

2 responses to “A Tale to Sing

  1. Sounds like the story that Sweeny Todd, the barber is based on.

  2. And what are the words? This popped into my while remembering Camp Ojimawkee, a YMCA camp near Mio MI

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s