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One Small Girl - Lyrics

Once on this there was terrible storm
Many huts washed away
Many peasants drowned by Agwe's angry waters
But one small girl caught his attention
And she was spared
An orphan plucked from the flood by Agwe
Sheltered in a tree by Asaka
And sent on a journey by the gods
A journey that would test the strength of love
Against the power of death
On this island of two different worlds
One small girl
In a tree
Torn from her mother
Crying in fright
One small girl
Tossed by sea
And left to face
The stormy night
Once small girl
Holding tight
At last the storm subsided
And the morning sun glowed
And two old peasants
came cautiously
down the road
Mama Euralie
Tonton Julian
Asaka is smiling again, Julian
This morning she smiles, last night she tried
to blow our heads off
Ah, Julian, just listen to the birds
Coo coo coo coo coo
Coo coo coo coo coo
What kind of bird is that?
Look! There!
One small face
Two small knees
Why are you up there?
What is your name?
The girl can't speak
And they're to blame
Agwe probably meant to kill her
The she'd be dead
It's possible he forgot
The god's don't forget
Then they had some reason to spare her life
It's best that we don't know what
One small girl
Better not
But we are too old for children
We have no room, and no food
And not knowing why, they followed
their hearts back to the tree, gently lifted
the terrified child down
And discovered that she could speak after all
One small girl
In the way
Constantly hungry
Learning too quick
One small girl
Hard at play
She makes me smile
She scares me sick
And they scolded and teased
And held her
And mended the clothes she tore
And the hut was crowded
And food was scarce
And somehow, their lives held more
One small girl
To live for
They named her Desiree Dieu-Donne or
God-Given Desire, but in their affection, they
simply called her Ti Moune
What does Ti Moune mean, Mama?
It means little orphan, saved by the gods for
something special
What is it?
Ti Moune, if we knew why the gods did the
things they do, we would be gods ourselves!
Someday I'm going to ask them, Mama
Sweet as a eucalyptus
And terrible as a tempest
Banging a drum
And humming a tune
Ti Moune
And running
And calling
And growing
And growing
And growing
And growing
Up too soon
One small girl
Not so small
Lost in those daydreams
Day after day
Call her name
No, don't call
Her ears
Don't hear
She's far away
And I know that
She's getting older
I know that it's
Meant to be
And my arms
Can't hold her
And keep her small
But all that my
Heart can see
Is one small girl
One small girl
One small girl
In a tree
Ooh, ooh way ooh
Ooh, ooh way ooh

Writer(s): Stephen Charles Flaherty, Lynn Ahrens

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