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Sue Loves Butter

"She forgave her wrinkles" by Marylou Falstreau.  Used by permission of the artist.  See more of Marylou's art

An exuberant toast to friendship, fun, and everyone's favorite comfort food
Poet/Lyricist: 
Elizabeth Alexander

Once upon a fishing trip, Sue added butter to everything she cooked — fish, potatoes, eggs and vegetables alike — an extravagant ingredient her convivial companions never let her forget!  Sue Loves Butter, composed in memory of Sue's big heart and joyful spirit, is an over-the-top frolic which invites the singers and audience to celebrate the warmth, camaraderie, joy, and just plain fun which good friends bring to our lives.

Warning: This piece includes unabashed mirth, shameless musical puns, groovy hand motions, a sing-along for the audience, and dairy products.

 

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Sue Loves Butter

Elizabeth Alexander

I couldn’t sing a song about a garden unless I mentioned sun and rain,
And I couldn’t sing a song about a red caboose if I didn’t sing about the train.
I couldn’t sing a song about arithmetic without telling you one and one make two,
And I couldn’t sing a song about friendship without telling you all about Sue.

I.  BREAD
Sue loves butter on her bread, and fedoras on her head –
Unless instead she wants to feel the wind in her hair.
She has a merry flair which she carries everywhere,
And which she’ll gladly share with friends and strangers too.  (It’s true!)

II. PEAS
Sue loves butter on her peas, and finesses recipes
So butter seasons every bite – it’s almost a crime!
She does it every time.  What a saucy paradigm!
How I love the fact that I’m on the very same planet as Sue.  (I think you live there, too.)

TEMPO DI TANGO:
Sue is the very best driver in the neighborhood.
Her turns are awfully good,
And it is understood that in all likelihood
She’s driving under the influence of LOVE.
She always brakes for really really really bad jokes,
She signals to all friendly folks,
And yields the right of way to hopscotch.  (Hopscotch!)

TEMPO DI HOPSCOTCH:
Butter on popcorn, butter on toast – Sue loves butter better than most.
Buttercup, butterfly, buttermilk pie (my, oh my!)
My darling playmate (ha ha!), come out and catch a fish,
We’ll fry it up (yum yum!) In lots of buh-dah-buh-dah-buh-dah-buh-dah-buh-dah!
Bah-dah, bah-dah, bah-dah, bah-dah, bah-bah-bah!...etc.

III. LIFE
Sue loves butter in her life, spreads it thickly with her knife:
It eases every pain, and sweetens every delight.
Oh when I sing this song for Sue, I know exactly what she’ll do:
She’ll sing it too, her face a feast of light.
She’ll study every part, and she’ll learn it all by heart,
And once she’s mastered it, she’ll start
To teach it to you!

Listen now; it goes like this — Joy shared is doubled, and pain shared is cut in two.
Come on and sing it like you mean it! — Joy shared is doubled, and pain shared is cut in two.
I’m having a little trouble hearing you — Joy shared is doubled, and pain shared is cut in two.
Bah-dah, bah, bah!  Bah-dah, bah, bah, etc. — Joy shared is doubled, and pain shared is cut in two.

I couldn’t sing a song about arithmetic without telling you one and one make two,
And I couldn’t sing a song about friendship without telling you all about Sue!

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Reviews and Responses: 

"The title of Alexander's piece, "Sue Loves Butter," sounds a little bit corny (or shall I say "filled with saturated fat") But...I truly fell for her composition. The playfulness of the text, the rhythmic drive and the originality of composition make this piece one that any chorus would love. Voices sang with the requisite zest and good humor – but also with musical integrity. To our good fortune, this was a premiere performance – a memorable one at that." – Karen E. Moorman, Classical Voice of North Carolina

"I spent some time singing this Sue song last night and love it more and more, the more time I spend with it.  How delightful! And, how very singable....love the "playmate come out and play with me" section, actually love it all!" - Carol Rue, chorus member

Performers: 

Summer Voices / Sue Klausmeyer (Chapel Hill, NC) * Premiere

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