Note E301

We All Swear To Do Our Duty

The music for this song is taken from the first part of 'Climbing Over Rock Mountains' from 'The Pirates of Penzance'. The words bear no relation to the original words by WS Gilbert. The song was included because I wanted the Jury to do more than just sing the 'in between' chorussy bits for the principals, and I wanted to get the character of the jury delineated. A Jury which is good hearted, but greedy, and 'terrified of physical violence'.

We all swear to do our duty
We know truth's akin to beauty
That is all we need to know to be free
"Beauty is truth, truth is beauty, that is all ye know on earth and all ye need to know". Keats.
"You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." - John 8:32
Fifteen men on a Scots jury
Fearing favour not, nor fury
Honest, truthful, just and open to Briberee
Yes, a Scottish jury has 15 members.
After the noble sentiments expressed earlier, they're starting to lose their moral bearings...
Evidence will pile in mountains
Truth will shine like crystal fountains

Guiding us in our deliberations
...but seem to be recovering
Pleading words will not affect us
We'll do what the judge directs us
Then we'll pocket cold hard gold and we will go
...only to relapse seriously
For we are wee tim'rous beasties
We will say that West is where the East is
To placate the Vatachino
"Wee, sleekit, cow'rin, tim'rous beastie,
O, what a panic's in thy breastie!"
To a Mouse - Robert Burns

Updated 06 Jan 2002
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