Antsong

From the musical by Vince, provisionally entitled Ants

These song lyrics were originally written and published in October 2003 in the original version of the vinceunlimited web site and are intended to be the opening song in a musical about ants.

In case you are feeling a bit of déjà vu here I conceived the concept about a rebel ant when the cold war started to thaw. Yes that long ago.

The story is an allegory about individualism in a closed equalitarian society. Designed way before the Disney / Pixar Animation team released their feature length cartoon A Bug's Life. And before Dreamworks' Antz as well. The release of these films caused a pause in my tracks.

However, the concept differs from these films so my idea may still have legs. Hopefully, at least six. It's just that I know everyone will say I pinched the theme from others. It kinda shows how concepts must be finalised, the early bird will always get the worm. Or the ant in this case.

Still I'm not defeated yet I need to up the ante. One day I intend to develop it in the format I originally intended it for. As a musical. The songs will all be written, eventually. Some, one, or more are already done. As can be seen below.

Click on the 'Ants' button to see more about the musical.

The unedited original lyrics are reproduced below and await some musical accompaniment. Can you assist?

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Antsong

Photograph of an ant

Chorus (chant)
A.N.T.S.A.N.T.S.A.N.T.S.A.N.T.S.
A.N.T.S.A.N.T.S.A.N.T.S.A.N.T.S.
We are ants.
We are ants.
A.N.T.S.A.N.T.S.A.N.T.S.A.N.T.S.
We are ants.
We are ants.
Ants. Ants. Ants. Ants. Ants. Ants. Ants. Ants.
Ants. Ants. Ants. Ants. Ants. Ants. Ants. Ants.
We are ants.

We are here, we belong.
From the start, all along.
A simple life we all live.
Nothing taken. We all give.

We are cogs in a machine.
Individuals. Rarely seen.
It's one for all and one for all.
No exceptions to the rule.

We all try to help the cause.
We sacrifice without a pause.
If we survive then that's O.K.
Then we all live another day.

We have no time to work it out.
There's finding food and work about.
Helping out we have our slot.
That is all an ant has got.

We are ants.
Yeah, we are ants.

Leafcutter Ant only
I'm Leafcutter. That's my quest.
In the trees. Doing my best.
Bringing back the food to store.
Turning round and fetching more.
Weaver Ant only
I build the home where we all stay.
Supergluing through the day.
Squeezing larvae to get the glue.
I am Weaver through and through.
Chorus
We are ants.
Yeah, we are ants.
Honeypot Ant only
I feed myself until I fill.
So stuffed with food I'm standing still.
Though not for me I'm Honeypot.
When times are lean I give my lot.
Soldier Ant only
A head so strong. Tough mandible.
I am designed to make a kill.
When Soldier ant's about they flee.
But what I crush ain't up to me.
Chorus
We are ants.
Yeah, we are ants.
Music

Chorus

We are glad to be a part,
Of a team with just one heart.
In terms of pride we have one aim,
No matter what we're all the same.

We are ants.
Yeah, we are ants.
We are ants.
Yeah, we are ants.

(to fade)

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Author: Vince Poynter
Version 5.004 10 Oct 2017
First Published: Version 1.00 in Oct 2003
The image depicts an ant, which may or may not be chanting and was added in Version m5.004 10 Oct 2017