"We're Too Young"
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Hello again to the small but faithful group still following my rather protracted "Tom Sawyer" posts. Here's something short (1:52) and sweet.
I think by now you know that variety is one the hallmarks of my musicalization of Mark Twain's classic. This time I offer up a song that makes more than a nod to the late '50's-early '60's pop girl groups. What?!--Let me explain the context, and that concept will make more sense.
Tom and his buddies have been missing for several days. When their raft is found upstream on the river, they're given up for dead. The whole town gathers for a funeral. But the boys have observed the townspeople searching the river for them, and realize that if they sneak back into town, they'll have the pleasure of attending their own funeral. That's one of the most famous incidents in Twain's great pastiche of growing up in 19th Century America.
As everyone gathers at the church, Becky Thatcher is full of remorse. She wishes she could take back the last angry words she spoke to Tom before he disappeared. Her girlfriends urge her to speak her mind. Song cue.
There are several references in the lyrics to things that have gone before in the show, so of course they'll have more impact when those details are fresh in the audience's mind:
--"That gift that you gave" -- Tom had given her his brass door knob, but she threw it back at him last time they saw each other.
--"You saved me at school" -- In the school room scene, Tom took the blame (and received a Hickory Stick whipping) for tearing the teacher's book when actually it was Becky who accidentally did the deed.
--"We're not too young to be engaged" -- In an earlier scene, Tom and Becky declared themselves to be engaged to each other. That's the key element to this song.
--"You can have all my chewing gum" -- In the song "Gum," Becky gave a piece of gum to Tom to chew, but only after he promised that he would give it back after he's chewed it for awhile. That song ended with Tom dutifully spitting the gum back into Becky's hand.
With those refreshers in mind - the song will make more sense.
The Garritan Stradivari (as fiddle)
Sonar's Studio Instrument Bass
Strum Electric by Applied Acoustic Systems
Indy Free Tamb
Sonar's TTS-1 Ac Guitar
Kore (free version) Ac guitar
Thanks for listening. Hope to hear from you.