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Tuesday, April 01, 2008

The Reference Library

Apologies to Mister Gershwin and even more apologies to Messrs Kern & Hammerstein...

The Reference Library

Here I am sat in the Reference Library
Hoary old stock on the shelves to see.
Anything useful is in the back room.
Librarian's on leave and she's got the key.

Old man library, that Reference Library,
It must know something
It don't say nothing.
It just keeps mouldering,
Just keeps mouldering
Along...

It don't stock-edit.
There ain't no guiding.
And them who might help
Have gone in hiding.
That Reference Library
It just keeps mouldering along...

You and I
We sweat and strain,
Hope for something useful
But we search in vain.
Search that PAC.
Send email.
Look amongst the shelves.
And you'll likely fail.

I am weary
And sick of trying.
The stock ain't used none
But they keep on buying.
That Reference Library,
It just keeps mouldering
Along.

4 comments:

Martin Musgrove said...

I think we're crying out for some other numbers from "Porgy and Bess in the Library" - Especially in the case of the Gifted Ones of Helminthdale, "It Ain't Necessarily So" e.g. "The Figures are lyin'/ the Stock we ain't buyin'/It Ain't necessarily so"

Toodle Pip from the verdant occident.
Bro

Kevin Musgrove said...

It's all terribly poignant: the Acq. Team have spent all week singing work songs from the cotton fields of the deep south.

Webrarian said...

Gershwin? Poor Mr Hammerstein must be turning in his grave, not to mention that nice Mr Kern who wrote the toon.

If you keep an eye on my photostream you might even see a colour version of this appearing in about a month's time.

Bath, NC, is just down the road from Plymouth, NC, and a certain nasty little blue bear is off there to gatecrash the NC Forestry Festival. Some people will do anything to get close to lumberjacks.

Kevin Musgrove said...

Egad! You're right. I have no excuses. I shall prostrate myself on my Living Era CDs.

I'll keep an eye out for the NC piccies.