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Chinese Animal Songs
1. Rat       
2. Tiger
3. Rabbit
4. Dragon
5. Snake
6. Monkey
7. Rooster

The Song of the Rat       

Strike my target sure and steady
Life is but one joyous journey
 But at the end there is no rest
 Each search must end with a new quest
 I am the rat and I am blessed
 I am the rat
You'll find me here,you'll find me there
Happy,bright without a care
Buying,selling,making deals
Always busy,turning wheels
I am the self-proclaimed acquisitor
Your welcome or unwanted visitor
 I am a link yet so complete
 The more I find the more I seek
 I'll see you through the cold and bleak
 I am the rat
You'll find me here,you'll find me there
Happy,bright,without a care
Buying,selling,making deals
Always busy,turning wheels
 I was the winner of the race
You should have seen the Ox's face
Tiger,Rabbit,Dragon,Snake
How I left them in my wake
 And so they named the first year Rat
 And so they put me into bat
 An innings of painstaking toil
 Digging deep into the soil
Mine it is the midnight hour
While you sleep I strive for power
Working for the things I need
For I have many mouths to feed
 You'll find me here,you'll find me there
 Happy,bright,without a care
 Buying,selling,making deals
 Always busy,turning wheels
Strike my target sure and steady
Life is but a joyous journey
 But at the end there is no rest
 Each search must end with a new quest
 I am the rat and I am blessed
 I am the rat
 I am the rat.

     words  and music by chris roughan  1993
     an adaptation of Theodora Lau's stanza "The Rat"
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The Song of the Tiger

Once I was the sturdy Ox
Now I've become the paradox
All the world it is my stage
Not for me the silver cage
 Now I set new trails ablaze
 And gladly leap into the maze
 I seek the unattainable
 With all my very heart and soul
I go where others fear to tread
I have no fear of the dead
I am the tiger born and bred
I am the tiger
 I'll ward off fire,thieves and ghosts
 I am good fortune to my hosts
 I am the tiger,make a toast
 I am the tiger
Come with me,come with me
On my carousel rides
Come with me,come with me
To the world outside
See the myriads of colours
See the flickering lights
There's so much to discover
Come and scale the heights
I go where others fear to tread
I have no fear of the dead
I am the tiger born and bred
I am the tiger
I'll ward off fire,thieves and ghosts
I am good fortune to my hosts
I am the tiger hear my boast
I am the tiger
Tiger,tiger burning bright
In the forests of the night
In what distant deeps or skies
Burnt the fire of my eyes
On what wings dare I aspire
What the hand dare seize the fire
And what shoulder and what art
Could twist the sinews of my heart
Once I was the sturdy Ox
Now I've become the paradox
All the world it is my stage
Not for me the silver cage
I go where others fear to tread
I have no fear of the dead
I am the tiger born and bred
I am the tiger
I am the tiger
grrrrrrrrrrrrrr...........

words and music by chris roughan  1993
based on Theodora Lau's"the tiger"
additional words from William Blake
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Song of the rabbit  

I'm in tune,hear me sing my song
With the moon,to her I belong
I come in colours soft and sure
With nimble feet and ways demure
A velvet tongue and a soothing ear
To wipe away that lingering tear
Floating above the commonplace
Symbol of inner peace and grace
I hear the melodies of the soul
I do not care for worldly goals
I do not care for your ratrace
You,ll find me in my secret place
Floating above the commonplace
Symbol of a long lost grace
I am the rabbit,meek and mild
I am the rabbit,your long lost child
I am the rabbit
Under the Cassia tree I stand
Holdind immortality in my hands
Persuasion is better than force
Discretion's my chosen course
Floating above the commonplace
Symbol of a long lost grace
I hear the melodies of the soul
I do not care for worldly goals
I'll sooth you when you're feeling low
I'll take you where the music flows
I am the rabbit,meek and mild
I am the rabbit,your long lost child
I am the rabbit
When the Mid-Autumn moon fills the sky
You'll see watching the world go by
Love and Peace I epitomise
To merge and to harmonize
[As I catch the little children's eyes]
Floating above the commonplace
Symbol of a long lost grace
I am the rabbit,meek and mild
I am the rabbit,your long lost child
I am the rabbit

words and music by chris roughan  1993
based on Theodora Lau's "the rabbit"
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The Song Of The Dragon  

I am the unquenchable fire
I'm everything that you desire
The centre of all energy
The centre of all you can see
The centre of life it is me

Heroic of heart am I
Dispersing dark clouds in the sky
My presence is all that you need
So all who oppose me take heed
The most powerful creature indeed

I am truth ,I am light
I can break through the night
I've been chosen to tame the fates
With my Arian power
I am like no other
I control the fiery gates

I'm the dragon,Emperor and King
I'm the dragon,Good fortune I bring
I'm the dragon,Know me take heed
I'm the dragon,beware me indeed

Larger than life am I
All things in my Year you can try
I shower my blessings on all
It's gamble you rise or you fall
Colossal and daring's the rule
Cross me and the sky will fall.
 
I am the unquenchable fire
I am the unquenchable fire

                   words by chris roughan/adapted from theodora lau's stanza"the dragon"
                   music by chris roughan  1993
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The Song Of The Snake

Mine is the wisdom of the Ages
I hold the key to life
And as I turn the pages
Behold my lightning strike
  Casting my seeds on fertile ground
  The serpent of legend and reknown
  Cold and ruthless is my way
  Purposeful and constant every day
  Classically cool and so serene
  Of all I survey I am the Queen
  I finish what the dragon starts
  Igniting well his fiery sparks
You know me now for I'm the snake
Twisting and turning through every shape
Unrelenting on I go
And if I seem a little slow
It is because I need to feel
The rhythm of the turning wheel
To shed my skin and be reborn
And triumph in another dawn
  For I'm the deep and karmic sign
  Wanderer through Eternal Time
  In times of trouble call on me
  The conqueror of adversity
  Tenacious in my every deed
  In everything I must succeed
  Sceptical and secretive
  I know no other way to live
Mine is the wisdom of the Ages
I hold the key to life
And as I turn the pages
Behold my lightning strike.

words and music by chris roughan 1993
based on Theodora Lau's "The Snake"
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The Song of the monkey  

My hearts filled with potent magic
That could cast a hundred spells
And my life is the way that I've planned it
And I've danced at the wishing wells
I'm lucky.I'm clever,a charmer
You might say that I'm selfish and vain
But I never take no for an answer
For I've only one sanction   my own
I'm never discouraged by failure
I'm unsinkable right to the end
I'm the quickwitted speculator
And my methods I do not defend
But for all of the tricks of my trade
You cant help it but like me,its true
For I 'll raise such a smile on your face
That you'll forgive all the things that I do
Hey,hey,I'm the monkey
People say I'm monkeying around
But I'm too busy singing
To put anybody down
I am the seasoned traveller
At the heart of the labrynth I'm found
Of the intricate I'm the unraveller
So well do I know my way round
The wizard of the impossible
The genius always in thought
Curiosity quite insatiable
And my brilliance has all been self-taught
There's nothing I can't get away with
Houdini would purr with delight
As I eat my cake and still keep it
And I never get into a fight
But don't ever try to deceive me
I'm an expert at taking revenge
I'll soon turn the tables completely
And I'll leave you at your wits end.
Hey,hey,I'm the monkey
People say I'm monkeying around
But I'm too busy winning
To put anybody down

words and music by chris roughan 1993
based on Theodora Lau's stanza "The Monkey"
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The Song of the Rooster    

I am on hand to herald in the day
And to announce its exit
Precise I scan each step along the way
That's how my life's directed
I am the great restorer of all things
Back to their rightful place
I am the great explorer of all things
Concerning the human race
I thrive by clockwork and precision
The never ending quest,it is my mission
To seek perfection in the world
That's why I'm here
To solve the problems of the world
And make them clear
Always in the public eye  Ever reaching for the sky
Chasing rainbows how I fly  Hear Quixote's dauntless cry
Never say die  Never say die  Never say die
No middle ground  Just sink or swim
Can't chicken out  For I must win
Sunrise,sunset  All day long
I never fret  That I am wrong
I may enchant or exasperate you
With my eccentric ways I may irate you
But in the end you'll find
I bring the bright and happy days
For I'm your friend and all
Your spirits,I will surely raise
Always in the public eye  Ever reaching for the sky
Chasing rainbows how I fly  Hear Quixote's dauntless cry
Never say die  Never say die  never say die
I want to fly and really need to spread my wings
But I'm only destined to succeed in ordinary things
I am on hand to herald in the day..............

   words[some] and music  chris roughan   1993
   based on Theodora Lau's stanza "The Rooster"