The Quadrille

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"could you walk a little faster?" said the whiting to the 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, won’t 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 of 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, no 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, he would not, could not, would 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.

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from The Forest Darling, released April 22, 2011

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Ptarmigan Columbia, Missouri

Ptarmigan is a modern band of the powerfolk ambioPop genre formed in Columbia, Missouri in 2007. Evan Walton, Peter Marting, and Ted Carstensen create intricate, powerful explosions from simple folk roots and catchy melodies over levels of ambiance. They often infuse field recordings and laboratory discoveries in their songs to paint pictures of nature and longing. ... more

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