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Ralph to Rose

(Lou & Peter Berryman, ©2003)

Let me introduce my terrier, Rosie is the little dog's name Coming from her dog perspective everybody looks the same You could be a carefree vagabond rambling in your raggedy clothes You could be the Queen of England, everybody's Ralph to Rose She goes Ralph Ralph Ralph to everyone Ralph Ralph Ralph, she goes You could be Ann or you could be Dan But everybody's Ralph to Rose Thinking Rose'd like some company, I brought her home a puppy one night A large amalgamation called Izzie approximately twice her height Rose approached the new dog gingerly sniffing at her sizable nose I introduced the dog as Izzie, but everybody's Ralph to Rose She goes Ralph Ralph Ralph to Isabel Ralph Ralph Ralph, she goes She coulda been Mike, she coulda been Spike But everybody's Ralph to Rose Now coincidentally, Isabel has her own vernacular too And along the lines of Rosie she has a pseudonym for you Though you be Pierre or Pamela, a Mister or a Miss or a Ms A neighbor or a bug-eyed Martian, everybody's Ruth to Iz She goes Ruth Ruth Ruth to everyone Ruth Ruth Ruth, she goes You could be Cher or Smokey the Bear Or you could be a dog named Rose As around the world I hesitate, wary of the people in charge When I think of Iz and Rosie they never seem to loom so large The multibillionaire of industry, the powerful political wiz Is just another Ralph to Rosie, just another Ruth to Iz Because Ruth Ruth Ruth goes Isabel Ralph Ralph, Rose declares You could be swank and own your own bank Tell it to a dog who cares

 

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