What the Rattlesnake Said

(1998)

"What the Rattlesnake Said" is the fourth song of Jake Heggie's song cycle Songs to the Moon.

What the Rattlesnake Said
by Vachel Lindsay


The moon's a little prairie-dog.
He shivers through the night.
He sits upon his hill and cries
For fear that I will bite.


The sun's a broncho. He's afraid
Like every other thing,
And trembles, morning, noon and night,
Lest I should spring, and sting.


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