nine ferrets in a bottle

Otter Perry ottertee at
Thu Sep 23 10:48:22 EDT 2004

On Thursday, September 23, 2004, at 07:59 AM, Paul Andinach wrote:

> On Wed, 22 Sep 2004, Otter Perry wrote:
>> 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'.
> Not unless what you mean by 'Greensleeves' is quite different from
> what I mean by 'Greensleeves'. (Or you go twice through the verse
> without going to the refrain, I suppose.)

Well, you start out with the part that goes to the words "Alas my love
you do me wrong".

"But what these unobservant birds" goes to the part that goes
"Greensleeves was all my joy".  Etc.


The mome rath isn't born that could
outgrabe me.

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