I Look Long and Long

Poet/Lyricist: 

Walt Whitman (1819-1992)

I think I could turn and live with the animals, They are so placid and so self contained. I stand and look at them long and long. So begins part 32 of Walt Whitman's epic long form poem,"Song of Myself." A satisfying and beautiful exploration of line and phrasing for men's choir.

Level: 

Moderate
Item Voicing/Instrumentation Duration Price Audio View Score Quantity
JS-013 TTBB, piano 4:15 $2.50 https://www.joanszymko.com/sites/joanszymko.advantagelabs.com/files/VMP013%20I%20Look%20Long%20and%20Long_0.mp3
JS-013D
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TTBB, piano 4:15 $1.50

Audio Credits: 

MIDI recording

Publisher: 

Joan Szymko
Text

I think I could turn and live

I think I could turn

and live with animals,

they're so placid

and self-contain'd,

I stand and look at them long and long.

They do not sweat and whine about their condition,

They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins,

They do not make me sick discussing their

duty to God,

Not one is dissatisfied,

not one is demented with the mania of

owning things.