AW: nine ferrets in a bottle
Philip.Belben at eon-engineering.com
Thu Sep 23 03:27:39 EDT 2004
>>> I had a bottle of ferrets,
>>> Which was otherwise filled with gin,
>>> I had a bottle of ferrets
>>> And the ferrets wuz livin' in sin.
>>> Every ferret was male*,
>>> Every ferret was tail,
>>> Nine ferrets in a bottle,
>>> And they wuz livin' in sin.
>>> (Alternate version: every ferret fe-male, every ferret be tail, if
>>> you like)
> Does anybody know the tune?
Hmm. The best fit off the top of my head is "Land of Hope and Glory". I'll
have to do some more thinking.
> 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'.
What? There are dozens of tunes to fit that. Most are four-line tunes,
needing to be sung twice, but if you insist on an eight-line tune, try
Parry's "Jerusalem". That's been crying out for some decent words for long
(The structure is what's known to hymn books as DLM, short for Double Long
Metre. Long metre is four lines each of four iambs, and very common)
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