Midnight Smoke 7" with Vanishing as B SideThe Hunting of the Snark

Julian as the Baker in the Hunting of the Snark"The Vanishing"

Mike Batt

On the 1st of April 1987, Julian appeared as the Baker in the "Hunting of the Snark" a musical written by Mike Batt based on the Lewis Carrol story at London's Royal Albert Hall.  The evening, a musical benefit for the deaf, was attended by Prince Andrew's wife, Fergie and featured the London Symphony Orchestra. The soundtrack features Roger Daltrey as the Barrister, Art Garfunkel as the Butcher, Julian as the Baker, Cliff Richard as the Bellman, Mike Batt as the Boots, Captain Sensible as the Billiard Marker, Deniece Williams as the Beaver and Sir John Gielgud and John Hurt as the Narrators.

Julian sang the song "Midnight Smoke" which was released as a single in Europe as well as parts in "The Escapade" and "The Vanishing"


It seems to me,
Since we landed in this lonely place,
That the sun now shines of its own volition,
And this crazy mission isn't just a wild goose chase;
We sailed for years
Till we found ourselves upon a beach,
Gaining on this beast from the realms of fiction,
I've a strong conviction it's a thing we soon may reach.

Narration: "The Baker is shouting!" The Bellman said.
"He is shouting like mad, only hark!
He is waving his hands, he is wagging his head,
He has certainly found a Snark!"

Erect and sublime, for one moment in time.
In the next, that wild figure they saw
{As if stung by a spasm} plunge into a chasm,
While they waited and listened in awe.

"It's a Snark!" was the sound that first came to their ears,
And seemed almost too good to be true.
Then followed a torrent of laughter and cheers:
Then the ominous words: "It's a Boo--"

They hunted till darkness came on, but they found
Not a button, or feather, or mark,
By which they could tell that they stood on the ground
Where the Baker had met with the Snark.

In the midst of the word he was trying to say,
In the midst of his laughter and glee,
He had softly and suddenly vanished away -
For the Snark was a Boojum, you see.

Don't let the memory die,
Children of the Sky, heroes of the sea,
And as your life passes by,
Remember how it feels to be
CHILDREN OF THE SKY.