An Article from Aaron's Article ArchiveHave You Ever Booed a Pest?
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Have You Ever Booed a Pest?
Thursday, 23 June 2005 8:39 PM MDT
Peter Schickele's opening narration to the track Kangaroos from the Carnival of the Animals composed by Camille Saint-SaŽns from the CD Sneaky Pete and the Wolf/Carnival of the Animals open with this awful poem:
When a check bounces, it's very bad news.Then the music begins.
The same is not true of Kangaroos.
Their bounce, their pouch, their nickname "Roo,"
Is why we like them, if we do.
There are some folks, it must be said,
Who call them pests, and want them dead.
When someone mentions the kangaroo,
These folks say, "Boo! Boo! Boo! Boo! BOO!"
Such hateful people, it seems to me,
Should all be sent to Hungary
And made to stay, 'till they've confessed,
That they were wrong when they booed a pest.
What does it mean that I love that? I mean, I really go for the puns and the corny humor like that. My family members will gladly warn anyone that I'm a regular purveyor of puns and one had better have a strong constitution for tolerating such if they hang around me too long.
I also must admit, if I'm being completely honest here, that I like Peter Schicklele's musical humor, and his P.D.Q. Bach compositional humor. I've got a few of his CDs and I thoroughly enjoy them, though I'm quite sure some of the parody is way over my head due to my musical ignorance.