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Walloping Window Blind, a Singable Picture Book

Posted on: April 12, 2012

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Capital Ship (or The Walloping Window-blind)
Poem by Charles Edwin Carryl
Traditional Irish Tune
Illustrated by Paul Galdone

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The Walloping Window-Blind
Poem by Charles Edwin Carryl
Traditional Irish Tune
Illustrated by Ted Rand

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The Walloping Window-Blind
Poem by Charles Edwin Carryl
Traditional Irish Tune
Illustrated by Jim LaMarche

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WALLOPING WINDOW-BLIND
Words by Charles Carryl
Sung to a Traditional Tune

A capital ship for an ocean trip
Was the Walloping Window Blind.
No gale that blew dismayed her crew
Or troubled the captain’s mind.

The man at the wheel was taught to feel
Contempt for the wildest blow.
And it often appeared when the weather had cleared
That he’d been in his bunk below.

The boatswain’s mate was very sedate,
Yet fond of amusement too;
And he played hopscotch with the starboard watch
While the captain tickled the crew.

And the gunner we had was apparently mad
For he stood on the cannon’s tail,
And fired salutes in the captain’s boots
In the teeth of a booming gale.

The captain sat in a commodore’s hat
And dined in a royal way
On toasted pigs and pickles and figs
And gummery bread each day.

But the rest of us ate from an odious plate
For the food that was given the crew
Was a number of tons of hot cross buns
Chopped up with sugar and glue.

We all felt ill as mariners will
On a diet that’s cheap and rude,
And the poop deck shook when we dipped the cook
In a tub of his gluesome food.

Then nautical pride we laid aside,
And we cast the vessel ashore
On the Gulliby Isles, where the Poohpooh smiles
And the Anagzanders roar.

Composed of sand was that favored land
And trimmed in cinnamon straws;
And pink and blue was the pleasing hue
Of the Tickletoeteasers claws.

And we sat on the edge of a sandy ledge
And shot at the whistling bee;
And the Binnacle-bats wore water-proof hats
As they danced in the sounding sea.

On a rubagub bark, from dawn to dark,
We fed, till we all had grown
Uncommonly shunk, when a Chinese junk
Came by from the torriby zone.

She was stubby and square, but we didn’t much care,
And we cheerily put to sea;
And we left the crew of the junk to chew
The bark of the rubagub tree.

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Reading this wiki article (which includes original book cover images), I found that “The Walloping Window-blind” appears to be a poem extracted from the novel DAVY AND THE GOBLIN by Mr. Carryl.  Further, it appears to be a response to his reading “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Davy_and_the_Goblin

Finding DAVY AND THE GOBLIN on the Project-Gutenberg website, you can read the poem in Chapter VIII (SINGBAD THE SAILOR’S HOUSE) of the novel:
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/25031/25031-h/25031-h.htm

The song is illustrated with this picture by E. B. Bensell, illustrating the lyric, “And he played hopscotch with the starboard watch…”

A tad more info, here:
http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Walloping_Window_Blind

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The Muppets wonderfully tackle this song along with the fabulous actress Glenda Jackson:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEEu25FvjM0

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Natalie Merchant sing “Walloping Window Blind” on Track 15 of her fantastic album LEAVE YOUR SLEEP:

http://www.amazon.com/The-Walloping-Window-Blind/dp/B003EVJAIU/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1333726769&sr=8-3

Natalie Merchant’s website page for the song:
http://www.nataliemerchant.com/r/leave-your-sleep/lyrics/the-walloping-window-blind

Listen to Natalie sing the song, here:
http://www.nataliemerchant.com/l/leave-your-sleep/the-walloping-window-blind

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Fireside Children’s Songs has music for CAPITAL SHIP/WALLOPING WINDOW BLIND on p. 126

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Related Posts

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, SINGABLE!!

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/06/26/alices-adventures-in-wonderland-and-through-the-looking-glass-singable/

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OCEANS AND SEAS
A list of Singable Picture Books that celebrate the Oceans and Seas
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/02/14/songs-of-the-oceans-and-seas/

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POETRY SINGABLE POETRY IN COMPILATIONS

An list of  singable poems from compilations of poetry for children
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/04/17/singable-poetry-a-list-of-poems-that-can-be-sung-from-illustrated-compilations-of-poetry-and-singable-picture-books/

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POETRY, SINGABLE POETRY IN INDIVIDUALLY ILLUSTRATED SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
A list of individually illustrated poems that have been set to music and can be sung
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/04/20/poems-individually-illustrated-spb/

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MUPPETS
ILLUSTRATED SONGS OF THE MUPPETS
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/11/04/illustrated-songs-of-the-muppets/

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FIRESIDE SONGBOOKS
Fireside Song Compilations: Singable Picture Books with Wonderful Vintage Illustrations
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/08/04/fireside-song-compilations-singable-picture-books-with-wonderful-vintage-illustrations/

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