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Read Me A Story

this version sung by Zoe (Fran Brill) and Big Bird (Carroll Spinney)

(spoken)

Zoe: Big Bird?

Big Bird: Yeah, Zoe?

Zoe: Ya know what I like best?

Big Bird: What?

Zoe: Learning to read.

Big Bird: Oh, me too.

Zoe: Big Bird, ya know what else I like best?

Big Bird: No, what?

Zoe: When a grown-up reads to me. I wish a grown-up would read me this book, right now!

Big Bird: Hmmm ... well, I know a good way to get them to do it.

Zoe: You do?

Big Bird: Sure, now you're Maria, see? (music starts) So, I bring you my book, and I say ... Maria?

Zoe: Yes, Big Bird?

(sung)

Big Bird: Read me a story
Read me a rhyme
Something that happened
Once upon a time
It can have monsters
Princesses too
Wonderful kingdoms
Make-believe or true
Read me a story
And when it's through
Here's what I promise to do
Read me a story
And when I can read
I'll read one to you

(spoken)

See? You make 'em an offer they can't refuse!

Zoe: If I was Maria, I'd read to you.

Big Bird: Oh, and there she is! Look, you sing her this song and I'll bet she'll do it, okay?

Zoe: Yeah, yeah .... Maria? Maria?

Maria: Yes, Zoe?

Zoe: Maria, I wanna ask you something.

(sung)

Read me a story
Read me a rhyme
Something that happened
Once upon a time
It can have monsters
Princesses too
Wonderful kingdoms
Make-believe or true
Read me a story
And when it's through
Here's what I promise to do
Read me a story
And when I can read
I'll read one to you
Read me a story
And when I can read
I'll read one to you
Please?

NOTE: the .wav file ends here, as does the song, but trust me, Maria agreed :-)

Transcribed by the archive's webmistress Tiny Dancer


Originally released on the album "The Gang's All Here" (1983)

available on the album

The Bird Is The Word
The Bird Is The Word - Big Bird's Favorite Songs (CD)
and Cassette

and on the album

Dreamytime Songs
Dreamytime Songs