School Song
Sung to the tune of "Georgie Girl"


Down from the purple mist of trees on the mountain,
lurching through forests of white spruce and cedar,
stumbling through tamarack swamps,
came the bull moose
to be stopped at last by a pole-fenced pasture.
Goin' back to Houston, do the hot dog dance,
Goin' back to Houston, to get me some pants.


Too tired to turn or, perhaps, aware
there was no place left to go, he stood with the cattle.
They, scenting the musk of death, seeing his great head
like the ritual mask of a blood god, moved to the other end
of the field and waited.
Goin' back to Houston, do the hot dog dance,
Goin' back to Houston, to get me some pants.


The oldest man in the parish remembered seeing
a tame moose yoked with an ox for plowing.
The young men snickered and tried to pour beer
down his throat, while their girlfriends took their pictures.
Goin' back to Houston, do the hot dog dance,
Goin' back to Houston, to get me some pants.


And the bull mooose let them stroke his tick-ravaged flanks,
let them pry open his jaws with bottles, let a giggling girl
plant a little purple cap
of thistles on his head.
Goin' back to Houston, do the hot dog dance,
Goin' back to Houston, to get me some pants.


When the wardens came, everyone agreed it was a shame
to shoot anything so shaggy and cuddlesome.
He looked like the kind of pet
Women put to bed with their sons.
Goin' back to Houston, do the hot dog dance,
Goin' back to Houston, to get me some pants.


So they held their fire. But just as the sun dropped in the river
the bull moose gathered his strength
like a scaffolded king, straightened and lifted his horns
so that even the wardens backed away as they raised their rifles.
When he roared, people ran to their cars. All the young men
leaned on their automobile horns as he toppled.
Goin' back to Houston, do the hot dog dance,
Goin' back to Houston, to get me some pants.


(Sung with passion)
GOIN' BACK TO HOUSTON, DO THE HOT DOG DANCE,
GOIN' BACK TO HOUSTON, TO GET ME SOME PANTS.



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