The Music of Elizabeth Alexander

Caterpillars Crawl

A lighthearted look at the daunting act of “going out on a limb”

Words by Elizabeth Alexander

A lighthearted and thoughtful look at the daunting and transformative process of “going out on a limb,” offering clever, down-to-earth lyrics, delightful text painting, and the opportunity to fly!

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Caterpillars Crawl

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,
Imagine even higher goals,
And nurture what they have inside in hopes of finding more.
And, so to speak, go out on a limb.

Elizabeth Alexander
© 1996 by Elizabeth Alexander

Performers

Performers

Premiere: Children’s Choir of First Unitarian Church / Elizabeth Alexander (Ithaca, NY)
Angelica Cantanti Youth Choir / Ann Schrooten (Bloomington and Minneapolis, MN)
Children’s Choir of First Unitarian Church of Nashville / Jason Shelton (Nashville, TN)
Children’s Choir of Unitarian Universalist Church of Fullerton / Judi Herz (Fullerton, CA)
Children’s Choir of Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton / Marjorie Herman (Princeton, NJ)
Choir of Orange Coast Unitarian Universalist Church / Beth Nakao Syverson (Glenside, PA)
Choral Leadership Academy Workshop / Rodney Eichenberger. Choral Leadership Academy, ACDA California Conference (Fresno, CA)
Earthrise Chamber Choir / Bertram Gulhaugen (Seattle, WA)