The Merry-Go-Round

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    Summer is great to go visit the beaches,
    To eat pink ice-cream cones, ripe berries, and peaches.
    Summer is time to decide what to do.
    Shall we choose the seashore, the circus, or zoo?
    No!
    Let’s find something round with a musical sound.
    Let’s ride on a musical merry-go-round!
    A musical merry-go-round.
    Do you know the sound of the merry-go-round,
    The glittering, blittering, flittering sound,
    The sound of the merry-go-round?
    I’ve a magical ring. When I wear it, of course,
    I can do anything with my magical horse.
    I pretend I am galloping over the plain.
    I pretend I am riding to castles in Spain.
    Do you know the sound of the merry-go-round,
    The trumpeting, thumpeting, clumpeting sound,
    The glittering, blittering, flittering sound,
    The sound of the merry-go-round?
    The horses go ‘round like a circus parade.
    The ticket man’s top hat is trimmed with gold braid.
    My horse has a saddle as blue as the sky.
    He tosses his head as we go prancing by.
    Do you know the sound of the merry-go-round,
    The um-pa-pa, um-pa-pa, um-pa-pa sound,
    The trumpeting, thumpeting, clumpeting sound,
    The glittering, blittering, flittering sound,
    The sound of the merry-go-round?
    The first horse is purple, the second is red;
    The third horse has gorgeous green eyes in her head.
    The fourth horse is yellow with pale flaxen mane.
    She might try to buck; you should hold a tight rein.
    The lavender horse is the fifth horse in line.
    The sixth horse is black, and I wish he were mine!
    So many bright horses go whirling around
    And ‘round and around on the merry-go-round.
    Do you know the sound of the merry-go-round,
    The swirl-around, whirl-around, twirl-around sound,
    The um-pa-pa, um-pa-pa, um-pa-pa sound,
    The trumpeting, thumpeting, clumpeting sound,
    The glittering, blittering, flittering sound,
    The sound of the merry-go-round?
    The music gets slower and slower until
    It is time to get off and the music is still.
    But the music restarts from the organ inside,
    So I’ll buy a new ticket and have one more ride.
    Swirl-around, whirl-around, twirl-around ride,
    Um-pa-pa, um-pa-pa, um-pa-pa ride,
    Trumpeting, thumpeting, clumpeting ride,
    Glittering, blittering, flittering ride,
    A RIDE ON THE MERRY-GO-ROUND!

    [illustrations] Illustrated by Dick Brown