nine ferrets in a bottle

Ms Kathleen Jennings s368333 at
Wed Sep 22 22:01:56 EDT 2004

Helpless shriek of laughter from Queensland. Now I'm going to wander around the office with an increasingly desparate urge to bellow out "But whaaat these unnnobserrrvant birrrrds.."

I was always convinced the song Sam sings in FotR was "Fox went out on a Chilly Night", and I was delighted to find a recording of JRRT singing it to that tune!

From: Otter Perry <ottertee at>
> One of the great discoveries of my life was the tune to which the
> following may be sung:
> The common cormorant, or shag,
> Lays eggs inside a paper bag.
> The reason you will see, no doubt;
> It is to keep the lightning out.
> But what these unobservant birds
> Have never noticed is that herds
> Of wandering bears may come with buns
> And steal the bags to hold the crumbs.
> The tune is 'Greensleeves'.

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