Caterpillars Crawl

Instrumentation/Voicing: 
SA, piano

A thoughtful and humorous look at the difficult and slightly scary process of "going out on a limb," Caterpillars Crawl offers children's choirs clever, down-to-earth lyrics, delightful text painting, and the opportunity to fly...

Order Sheet Music
Catalog Number: 
SEA-012-01
Duration: 
4:00
Performances: 

Cantabile Choir of Angelica Cantanti; Ann Schrooten, conductor. Bloomington, MN
First Unitarian Church Children's Choir; Jason Shelton, conductor. Nashville, TN
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton Children's Choir; Marjorie Herman, conductor. Princeton, NJ

Reviews: 

"We performed [Caterpillars Crawl] twice and everyone, especially the kids, loved it. We talked about what the text means, and how we were alike and different from the caterpillars in the song. It was a moving experience for all." Marjorie Herman, Director of Music, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton (Princeton, NJ)

Text
Text Author or Source: 
Elizabeth Alexander
Language: 
English
Text: 

"Caterpillars Crawl"
Lyric by composer Elizabeth Alexander

Caterpillars crawl and that's okay for them.
It gets them where they need to go and keeps them slim.
They inch along and roll around,
And pretty much stay on the ground,
And from a very early age they learn to blend right in.
And like I said, that's okay for them.

Caterpillars crawl and that's okay for them.
They rarely think beyond their local flower stem.
Upon their bellies day and night,
They do not often dream of flight.
They live their caterpillar lives and munch on blades of grass.
And like I said, that's okay for them.

Caterpillars crawl and that's okay for them.
Except for some who take a lonely interim.
To search their caterpillar souls,
Embrace a different set of goals,
And nurture what they have inside in hopes of finding more.
And, so to speak, go out on a limb.

© 1996 by Elizabeth Alexander.