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Rank this week: 16 (↑29)
Duration: 2:46 
Release Date: 1980  (Stavro Arrgolus) 
Lyrics By: Michael Palin (Stavro Arrgolus) 
Music By: Michael Palin (Stavro Arrgolus) 
Produced By: Eric Idle (Stavro Arrgolus) 
Released By: Arista AL 9536 (Stavro Arrgolus) 
Published By: Kay-Gee-Bee Music Ltd. (Stavro Arrgolus) 
Licensing: BMI  #289255 
Song Lyrics:
Right ho, darlin'. Yeh, be home about 8:30. No, no, I'll go on a bike

Beethoven's gone, but his music lives on
and Mozart don't go shoppin' no more
You'll never meet Liszt or Brahms again
and Elgar doesn't answer the door

Schubert and Chopin used to chuckle and laugh
whilst composing a long symphony
but one 'undred an' fifty years later
there's very little of them left to see

They're decomposing composers
There's nothing much anyone can do
You can still 'ear Beethoven
but Beethoven cannot 'ear you

Handel and Haydn and Rachmaninoff
Enjoyed a nice drink with their meal
but nowadays no one will serve them
and their gravy is left to congeal

Verdi and Wagner delighted the crowds
with their highly original sound
The pianos they played are still working
but they're both six feet underground

They're decomposing composers
there's less of them every year
You can say what you like to Debussy
but there's not much of him left to 'ear

Claude Achille Debussy, died 1918
Christophe Willibald Gluck, died 1787
Carl Maria von Weber, not at all well 1825, died 1826
Giacomo Meyerbeer, still alive 1863, not still alive 1864
Modest Mussorgski, 1880, going to parties, no fun anymore, 1881
Johann Nepomuk Hummel, chatting away nineteen to the dozen with
his mates down the pub every evening 1836, 1837, nothing

(Stavro Arrgolus)
Current Rating 10.0 (2 votes)
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