Sheet Music of the Week: Wildlife Edition

"Crocodile Isle," by Theodore Morse and Jack Drislane. New York: F. B. Haviland Pub. Co., Inc., 1906.

The city and the Nation have their eyes on the Main Reading Room, which is currently hosting an unexpected visitor in the studious form of a Cooper’s Hawk. This edition of Sheet Music of the Week features a pair of creatures that are unlikely to find their way to our workplace  – but if they do happen to  wander into your cubicle,  a few bars of this song should quickly domesticate them. Lyricist Jack Drisdane and composer Theodore Morse did the honors for the 1906  “Crocodile Isle,” from the Historic Sheet Music, 1800-1922 collection in the Performing Arts Encyclopedia.

A year ago this week, In the Muse celebrated the birthday of gutiarist Django Reinhardt (born January 23rd, 1918) with an image from the William P. Gottlieb collection; and honored poet Robert Burns (born January 25, 1759) with “Music to Eat Haggis by.” We wish our readers a week of hot jazz and a hearty Burns supper.


  1. P. Mitchell
    January 25, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    Please turn all of the lights off in the building during the daylight. Open all of the outside doors. The bird will fly to the light of the open doors without harming anyone or anything.

  2. Pat Padua
    January 26, 2011 at 11:45 am

    The hawk has been safely captured. Stay tuned to the Library of Congress blog for further updates and pictures.

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