Have I checked my bells?
Is that the correct sharp?
Is this music on my stand the right piece?
Watch Wendy’s wand -
Here we go ------!
It’s now or never!
Our bells are raised, we are ready to ring,
Oh dear I can’t remember a thing!
Keep calm it will be ok,
If you focus and remember to count… they say.
Where are my specs?
Where are my chimes?
I can’t remember how many times
I chose the wrong bell or picked up the wrong sharp!
“I’ve got the joy”, or I think I have!
“Oh no the wrong music!” she said.
“I seem to be looking at “Nimrod" instead!”
We hold up our mallets,
Then cross them in front of our faces,
This is the time we lose our places!
Sticks are flying, bells are clanging
There’s plenty of noise and lots of banging!
“Over the rainbow” we're playing it quite well,
As long as we remember to pick the right bell.
Oh, play it again, don't forget the repeat!
Keep ourselves steady, don't miss a beat.
And as for dynamics, the fast and the slow...
Rallentando, diminuendo or fortissimo!
So much to remember, the notes flying by,
I've skipped a whole line, I can't tell you why.
We finish the concert with Jerusalem,
Hopefully this one won’t go wrong,
The WI ladies love their song.
We play at our best,
No time for a rest.
Hooray, it's over. We've passed the test!!
Jean Reilly 30.09.15