David Gasking

David Gasking

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The Coolest Cat Rap (in homage to the Pied Piper)

Written By: David Gasking

[Explanatory note: this is an ensemble song.
The townsfolk either sing together as the full chorus (FC), or in two parts as men (MC) and women (WC), with lyrics for each on the same line divided by a slash, where necessary.
The soloists are TV newsman Ivor Tale (IT), local reporter on the scene Annie Vent (AV), and head of the Town Council, Mr Mayor (MM)]

[MC]
Piper! Piper!
We all love the Piper

[MC / WC]
Coolest cat! Coolest cat! / Piper! Piper!
Piper! Piper! / We all love the Piper!
Hero! Hero! / Coolest cat! Coolest cat!
The Piper is our hero! / Piper! Piper!

[FC]
The Piper got rid of the rats
The Piper got rid of the rats
We're taking off our hats
To the fella who sorted the rats
We all agree. It's quite plain to see
The Piper's the coolest of cats!

[MC / WC]
Hopeless! Hopeless! / Mister Mayor was in a panic
Councillors useless! / Ev'ryone was going frantic
No one had a resolution / Hopeless! Hopeless!
Till the Piper's rat solution / Councillors useless!

[FC]
The Piper got rid of the rats
The Piper got rid of the rats
We're taking off our hats
To the fella who sorted the rats
We all agree. It's quite plain to see
The Piper's the coolest of cats!

[IT]
This is Ivor Tale reporting here
For Worldwide TV News
It's about this guy the Piper
Who just loves to play the blues
He's still swinging in his Sixties
Though he doesn't look that old
And we think you'll find this story
Is the strangest ever told
He's a living psychedelic
And he runs on flower power
He's so deeply into digging
He makes his bread without the flour
If you ask him where he's come from
He just smiles and says "far out"
For he's more concerned with where it's at
Than what it's all about
And already they are saying
That the word out on the street
Is that he is quite the coolest cat
That you will ever meet
Let's go straight away to Annie Vent
Who's at the scene right now
So that we can get an update
On the why and what and how

[MC / WC]
Coolest cat! Coolest cat! / Piper! Piper!
Piper! Piper! / We all love the Piper!

[AV]
This is Annie Vent reporting here
For Worldwide TV News
With the latest on the Piper
Who just loves to play the blues
Well I'm here with Mister Mayor
On the Town Hall steps tonight
And it looks like Piper mania
Has hit the place all right
It all started with some problems
With the rubbish and the rats
That's until this hippie hero
Played his pipe and sent them bats
You see his melody was groovy
And it made them all so keen
That they formed a line of rodents
And then they congered off the scene
Now the people are so grateful
That he really can't go wrong
And they're saying that he's guaranteed
A million-selling song
Why this Piper is so famous
That I really do believe
They'd have his statue on each corner
And put a medal on his sleeve

[MC / WC]
We're taking off our hats
To the Piper who sorted the rats

[MM]
Now I must object
They've got it wrong
That isn't how it was
You know the members of the Council
Are the ones to thank because
It was we who acted swiftly
When confronted with this threat
The Piper is a tradesman
Who just did the job we set

[MC / WC]
They were hopeless! Hopeless! / Oh, sure, Mister Mayor would never panic
Councillors useless! / Nobody was going frantic
Right!

[AV]
Well I think that that's enough for now
And thank you Mister Mayor
When it comes to winning credit
I am sure you'll get your share
This is Annie Vent returning you
To Worldwide TV News
For the headlines on the Piper
Who just loves to play the blues

[IT]
Wow, that's quite a story Annie
And it's prob'ly fair to say
That we haven't heard the last yet
Of the Piper here today
Nonetheless on that report
I think the viewers must agree
That this dude is quite the coolest cat
That they will ever see

[AV + IT]
Unbelievably it happened
Ev'ry word of it is true
And the next time he's in action
We will bring the news to you

Once and Future Friends

Written By: David Gasking

It's not just simply a question of beauty
It's not a dream
For even though it's seldom we meet
I still know that if I cry alone
Or scream in whis—pers you will hear
In ev'ry single thing I do you're there
A part of me is you
A part of me is you

Far away but never distant
Out of reach but not remote
You never fail to understand my feelings
Even when I can't describe them
Your open arms are always comforting
When peace is hard to find
You give and take without an obligation
You let me make mistakes and change my mind
At the times of greatest need
You're there
My once and future friends
At the times of greatest need
You're there
My once and future friends
My once and future friends

Your seeds are sown in my heart and your music
Still fills my mind
Your flame burns warm and bright in my soul
And at each new corner when I turn
I find your memories light the way
In ev'ry single thing I do or say
A part of me is you
A part of me is you

Far away but never distant
Out of reach but not remote
You never fail to understand my feelings
Even when I can't describe them
Your open arms are always comforting
When peace is hard to find
You give and take without an obligation
You let me make mistakes and change my mind
At the times of greatest need
You're there
My once and future friends
At the times of greatest need
You're there
My once and future friends
My once and future friends

Never undervalue your achievements
Always seek the best in ev'ry day
Accept the hands that reach out in the darkness
Build on stones that never fade away--