SONG LYRICS FOR: "PIED PIPER"
ALBUM: "POSITIVE PRAISE"
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Lead Vocals: Arthur Gilligan, Larissa Gilligan, Emmanuel Gilligan, Willie D.
Music & Lyrics: Julia Scott
Producer: Emmanuel Gilligan

"PIED PIPER"

Verse 1
Now listen very carefully,
I have a tale to tell
About a town so far away
On which was cast a spell.
Their problem sore was rats galore
Which they could not contain.
Then into the town
The strangest person came.

Verse 2
He wore a coat of colors, 'tis true,
It was yellow and of red;
With smiling face and twinkling eyes
A hat upon his head.
And in his hand he had a flute, and
When he played his tune
You couldn't help but notice
A quiet sort of wonder filled the room.

Chorus 1
Oh, Piper, pipe your tune for me,
The magic songs you play.
Oh, Piper, play your music sweet,
We'll listen as you play.

Verse 3
"Wonderful news!" the Mayor cried,
"Why, this is what we need!
Now, play a melody so fine
To drive away this evil breed.
"We'll pay you well, we'll pay you fair,
Indeed I do not jest.
Just rid our town of Hamlin,
Of all these pests!"

Verse 4
"Fair enough," the Piper said,
And fingered a few sweet notes,
Then out from every corner
Hoards of rats poured onto the road,
All leaping, jumping, dancing, prancing,
Skipping, hopping they,
En chanted by the magic songs
The Piper played.

Chorus 2
Oh, Piper, pipe your tune for me,
The magic songs you play.
Oh, Piper, play your music sweet,
We'll listen as you play.

Verse 5
He led them to the marketplace,
And right on through the town.
And then to the river deep
They ran and so were drowned,
He kept on piping, kept on playing,
They did not even notice, no,
And that was how he ran them out of town!

Verse 6
The Piper, he returned and said,
"Please give me my reward."
But the mayor shook his head, and said,
"My good man, don't be absurd!"
He hemmed and hawed and stuttered so,
And many excuses gave,
So that the merry Piper
Did not receive his pay.

Verse 7
"Very well," said the Pied Piper
"Mayor, a lesson I must teach:
A promise is a promise,
And yours you did not keep!"
He played some notes so soft and fine,
They lingered through the air,
Calling to Hamlin's children,
"Come out, come out from everywhere!"

Verse 8
Here came their children laughing, running,
Dancing merrily.
Out from their beds, and homes
They ran into the streets.
They loved the music, loved the Piper,
Followed him away.
To the magic mountain
Where they forever played.

Verse 9
Now the moral, children, 'tis crystal clear:
You must always keep your word;
Promises are to be kept,
There's the lesson for us to learn.
No, don't be like the mayor who lied,
And so he paid the price.
A wise man learns from others,
And that is my advice.

Chorus 3
Oh, Piper, pipe your tune for me,
The magic songs you play.
Oh, Piper, play your music sweet,
We'll listen as you play.

 

"PIED PIPER" (with chords)

Intro: (Em)-(B)-(Em)-(B)

Verse 1
Now (Em) listen very carefully,
I (B) have a tale to tell
A(Em)bout a town so far away
On (B) which was cast a spell.
Their (Am) problem sore was rats galore
Which (Em) they could not contain.
(B) Then into the town
The strangest person (E) came.

Verse 2
He (E) wore a coat of colors, 'tis true,
It (B) was yellow and of red;
With (E) smiling face and twinkling eyes
A (B) hat upon his head.
And (Am) in his hand he had a flute, and
(Em) When he played his tune
You (B) couldn't help but notice
A quiet sort of wonder filled the room. (E)

Chorus 1
Oh, (E) Piper, pipe your tune for me,
The (D) magic songs you play.
Oh, (E) Piper, play your music sweet,
We'll (D) listen as you play.

(E)-(D)-(E)-(D)

Verse 3
(Em) "Wonderful news!" the Mayor cried,
"Why, (B) this is what we need!
Now, (Em) play a melody so fine
To (B) drive away this evil breed.
"We'll (Am) pay you well, we'll pay you fair,
In(Em)deed I do not jest.
Just (B) rid our town of Hamlin,
Of all these pests!"

Verse 4
(E) "Fair enough," the Piper said,
And (B) fingered a few sweet notes,
Then (E) out from every corner
Hoards of (B) rats poured onto the road,
All (Am) leaping, jumping, dancing, prancing,
(Em) Skipping, hopping they,
En(B) chanted by the magic songs
The Piper (E) played.

Chorus 2
Oh, (E) Piper, pipe your tune for me,
The (D) magic songs you play.
Oh, (E) Piper, play your music sweet,
We'll (D) listen as you play.

(E)-(D)

Verse 5
He (Em) led them to the marketplace,
And (B) right on through the town.
And (Em) then to the river deep
They (B) ran and so were drowned,
He (Am) kept on piping, kept on playing,
They (Em) did not even notice, no,
And (B) that was how he ran them out of (E) town!

Verse 6
The (Em) Piper, he returned and said,
"Please (B) give me my reward."
But the (Em) mayor shook his head, and said,
"My good (B) man, don't be absurd!"
He (Am) hemmed and hawed and stuttered so,
And (Em) many excuses gave,
So (B) that the merry Piper
Did not receive his (E) pay.

Verse 7
"Very (E) well," said the Pied Piper
"Mayor, a (B) lesson I must teach:
A (E) promise is a promise,
And (B) yours you did not keep!"
He (Am) played some notes so soft and fine,
They (Em) lingered through the air,
(B) Calling to Hamlin's children,
"Come out, come out from every(E)where!"

(E)-(D)-(E)-(D)

Verse 8
Here (E) came their children laughing, running,
(D) Dancing merrily.
(E) Out from their beds, and homes
They (D) ran into the streets.
They (Am) loved the music, loved the Piper,
(Em) Followed him away.
(B) To the magic mountain
Where they forever (E) played.

Verse 9
Now the (Em) moral, children, 'tis crystal clear:
You must (B) always keep your word;
(Em) Promises are to be kept,
There's the (B) lesson for us to learn.
No, (Am) don't be like the mayor who lied,
And (Em) so he paid the price.
A (B) wise man learns from others,
And that is my (E) advice.

Chorus 3
Oh, (E) Piper, pipe your tune for me,
The (D) magic songs you play.
Oh, (E) Piper, play your music sweet,
We'll (D) listen as you play.

(E)-(D)-(E)-(D)-(E)-(D)-(E)-(D)

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