Coo & Co and Claude (Debussy) visit Paris, 1910.
CD's sixth prelude portrays a vaudevillian (1910–29). He did not perform as a general during the war years and changed his act thereafter. Coo & Co compose an introductory rap, co-COO-co-COO etc. :>)

General Lavine

Roll up, roll up; have we a grand attraction here tonight,
he's all the way from New York City, NYC, that's right!
One General Lavine, our Great American, so tall,
let's welcome him to Champs-Élysées' finest music hall!

He's soldiered all his life, this miles-high man in uniform,
yes, fighting on the battlefields, for him, that's been the norm!
Well, here he is, his face all painted like a circus clown,
yet whiskered as a tramp we sometimes see around our town!

His swallow-tailed coat's all hung with medals, chevrons too,
his epaulettes are buggy-lamps, he's lit 'em up for you!
There's rubber gloves upon his hands, big clown shoes on his feet,
his gun's a rubber hose, his sword's a saw, he sure is neat!

Well, here he comes, prepare for war you've never known the like,
there's skirmishes with scenery, a scarecrow on a bike!
And juggling, juggling all the while, three cannon balls to drums,
in short, the very best of vaudeville – and here he comes!

Poetry by Coo & Co The PoetBay support member heart!
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Written on 2019-05-06 at 19:52

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Jamsbo Rockda The PoetBay support member heart!
Great rhymes and a great spruiker :) I'll have one ticket please.

A superlative effort! I wholeheartedly cherish the rhythmic quality, the phonetic juxtapositions of the poem. I especially enjoyed the repetitions of certain phrases like "roll up," "NYC" and "juggling."

Lawrence Beck The PoetBay support member heart!
What an introduction! I'll buy my ticket today.