The Side Show


"The Side Show" is the 32nd song in Ives's song collection 114 Songs.


The audio recording of "The Side Show," provided in the audio player to the right, features Rayanne Dupuis, soprano, and Antoine Palloc, piano. These songs are from the album The Side Show: Songs of Charles Ives, and are available thanks to the generosity of the performers. To listen, please click on the track name itself.

The Side Show
by Charles Ives

"Is that Mister Riley,
who keeps the hotel?"
is the tune that accomp'nies
the trotting-track bell;
An old horse unsound,
turns the merry-go-round,
making poor Mister Riley
look a bit like a Russian dance,
some speak of so highly,
as they do of Riley!

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