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The Tale of the Oyster
First line:
Down by the sea lived a lonesome oyster
composer
1929; from 50 Million Frenchmen
author of text

Recordings
'Blah blah blah and other trifles …' (CDH55422)
Blah blah blah and other trifles …
MP3 £3.75FLAC £3.75ALAC £3.75Buy by post £5.50 CDH55422  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)   Download currently discounted
'The Ballad Singer' (CDA67830)
The Ballad Singer
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Track 3 on CDH55422 [3'13] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

The Tale of the Oyster
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The Tale of the Oyster is a chic, witty number from Cole Porter’s 1929 hit 50 Million Frenchmen, billed as ‘a Musical Comedy Tour of Paris in 2 Acts’. The singer is the worldly-wise fur-buyer Violet Hildegarde, who has travelled abroad hoping to be shocked. She sends up high society with a cynical tale of a ‘bivalve social climber’, gliding proudly down Mrs Hoggenheimer’s alimentary canal and emerging chastened to proclaim ‘I’ve had a taste of society, and society has had a taste of me’.

from notes by Richard Wigmore © 2011

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