16 November 2010

Pierre



Carole King has won four Grammy awards and she's been included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Composer's Hall of Fame (Songwriters Hall of Fame) for her work, along with her former husband Gerry Goffin
This piece belongs to the CAROLE KING & MAURICE SENDAK - TV SPECIAL*
Pierre

[Prologue:]
There was once a boy named Pierre
Who only would say, I don't care!
Read his story,
my friend,
for you'll find
At the end that
a suitable Moral
lies there

[Chapter I]

One day his mother
said, When Pierre
climbed out of bed

-Good morning,
darling boy,
you are my only joy

Pierre said

I don't care!

-What would you like to eat?

-I don't care!
-Some lovely cream of wheat?

-I don't care!
-Don't sit backwards
in your chair

-I don't care!
-Or pour syrup
on your hair
-I don't care!
-You are acting like a clown
-I don't care!
-And we have
to go to town
-I don't care!
-Don't you want
to come, my dear?
-I don't care!
-Would you
rather stay
right here?
-I don't care!
So his mother left him there

[Chapter II]

His father said-
Get off your head
Or I will march
you up to bed!
Pierre said
I don't care!
-I would think that you
could see
-I don't care!
-Your head
is where your
feet should be!
-I don't care!
-If you
keep standing
upside down
-I don't care!
-We'll never
get to town
-I don't care!
-If only
you would say,
I care
-I don't care!
-I'd let you fold
the folding chair
-I don't care!
-So his parents
left him there
They didn't
take him anywhere

[Chapter III]

Now as
the night
began to fall
A hungry lion
paid a call
He looked Pierre
right in the eye
And asked him
if he'd like to die
Pierre said-I don't care!
-I can eat you,
don't you see?
-I don't care!
-And you
will be
inside of me
-I don't care!
-Then you will never
have to bother
-I don't care!
-With a mother
and a father
-I don't care!
-Is that all you
have to say?
-I don't care!
-Then I'll eat you,
if I may
-I don't care!
So the lion ate Pierre

[Chapter IV]

Arriving home at
six o'clock
His parents had
a dreadful shock!
They found
the lion sick
in bed and cried
-Pierre is surely dead!
They pulled the
lion by the hair
They hit him with
the folding chair
His mother asked
-Where is Pierre?
The lion answered
-I don't care!
His father said
-Pierre's in there!

[Chapter V]

They rushed
the lion into town
The doctor
shook him upside,
and down
And when the lion
gave a roar
Pierre fell out
upon the floor
He rubbed his eyes
and scratched his head
And laughed
because
he wasn't dead
His mother cried
and held him tight
His father asked
-Are you alright?
Pierre said-I am feeling fine
Please take me home,
it's half past nine

The lion said
-If you would care
To climb on me,
I'll take you there
Then everyone looked at Pierre
Who shouted
-Yes, indeed, I care!
The lion
took them
home to rest
And stayed on as
a weekend guest
The moral of Pierre is: CARE!
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(*) Really Rosie is a musical with a book and lyrics by Maurice Sendak and music by Carole King.
The musical is based on Sendak's books Chicken Soup with Rice, Pierre, One was Johnny, Alligators All Around (which comprise The Nutshell Library (1962)), and The Sign on Rosie's Door (1960).
Sendak based the story on a demonstrative little girl who used to sing and dance on the stoop of her building, whom he observed while he was a little boy growing up in Brooklyn.
The musical has become a mainstay of children's theater groups. It follows a typical summer day in the life of the Nutshell Kids, a group of several neighborhood friends, including Pierre, Alligator, Johnny, and Chicken Soup from the Nutshell Library books, and Rosie and Kathy from The Sign on Rosie' s Door.
Rosie, the self-proclaimed sassiest kid on her block of Brooklyn's Avenue P, entertains everyone by directing and starring in an Oscar-winning movie based on the exciting, dramatic, funny (and slightly exaggerated) story of her life.
directed and choreographed by Patricia Birch with designs by Sendak, which opened on October 14, 1980, at the Westside Theatre, where it ran for 274 performances

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