nine ferrets in a bottle

Jon Noble jon_p_noble at
Wed Sep 22 22:54:06 EDT 2004

--- Ms Kathleen Jennings <s368333 at>

> 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'.

An amazing number of songs can be sung to the tune of
Greensleeves, and most of the rest can be sung to The
Keys of Canterbury. In fact if you're as non-muscial
as I am, they can all be sung to both.


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