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The Lobster Quadrille (aka Will You, Won't You)

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Published on Feb 4, 2013

The Lobster Quadrille (aka Will You, Won't You) by Lewis Carroll, from his book Alice in Wonderland. Performed by Wim Scherpenisse (voice) and Gerda Baardman (keyboard). Illustrations by Sir John Tenniel. Music composed by Max Harris for the movie Dreamchild, starring Coral Browne and Ian Holm, directed by Gavin Millar, screenplay by Dennis Potter. Arranged for this version by Gerda Baardman.

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The Lobster Quadrille
- by Lewis Carroll

"Will you walk a little faster?"
Said a whiting to a snail,
"There's a porpoise close behind us
And he's treading on my tail.
See how eagerly the lobsters
And the turtles all advance,
They are waiting on the shingle -
Will you come and join the dance?"
Will you, won't you, will you, won't you,
Will you join the dance?
Will you, won't you, will you, won't you,
Won't you join the dance?

"You can really have no notion
How delightful it will be
When they take us up and throw us,
With the lobsters, out to sea!"
But the snail replied, "Too far, too far!"
And gave a look askance -
Said he thanked the whiting kindly,
But he would not join the dance.
Would not, could not, would not, could not,
Would not join the dance.
Would not, could not, would not, could not,
Could not join the dance.

"What matters it how far we go?"
His scaly friend replied.
"There is another shore, you know,
Upon the other side.
The further off from England
The nearer is to France -
Then turn not pale, beloved snail,
But come and join the dance."
Will you, won't you, will you, won't you,
Will you join the dance?
Will you, won't you, will you, won't you,
Won't you join the dance?

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