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CLIFF DWELLER LYRICS: THE SOLOIST, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Lady, you who sing soprano
Last Line: Or I'll throw a bomb!
Subject(s): Musical Instruments; Pianos; Singing & Singers; Voices; Songs

Lady, you who sing soprano,
Just across the court,
Won't you tune that bum piano?
Life at best is short,
And you're making mine much briefer
With those jangling strings
As you sing of love or grief or
Various other things.

While your voice is something fearful,
It's the best you've got.
I must bear it and be cheerful
(Though, of course, I'm not).
Nature gave you that soprano,
You can't alter that,
But you can tune that piano
Which infests your flat.

Lady, I am quite pacific,
I can bear your song;
Though the strain is most terrific
I can get along.
I will stand for that soprano
With a sullen calm,
But—you tune that bum piano
Or I'll throw a bomb!

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