who knows if the moon's a balloon

"who knows if the moon's a balloon" is the first song of Dominick Argento's Songs About Spring cycle, which sets five poems of e. e. cummings.

Please note that the text of the poem is posted in "lyrics" form, and not in the typographical layout of the original publication.

"who knows if the moon's a balloon" can be found in cummings's 1925 volume &[AND].

Date: 1955Composer: Dominick ArgentoText: E. E. CummingsSong Collection: Songs About Spring

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who knows if the moon’s
by e. e. cummings

who knows if the moon’s
a balloon,coming out of a keen city
in the sky–filled with pretty people?
(and if you and i should

get into it,if they
should take me and take you into their balloon,
why then
we’d go up higher with all the pretty people

than houses and steeples and clouds:
go sailing
away and away sailing into a keen
city which nobody’s ever visited,

Spring)and everyone’s
in love and flowers pick themselves

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