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Fifteen men on the Dead Man's Chest by Robert Louis Stevenson

Fifteen men on the Dead Man's Chest
Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!
Drink and the devil had done for the rest
Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!


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The Lobster-Quadrille by Lewis Carroll

Will you walk a little faster?' said a whiting to a snail,
'There's a porpoise close behind us, and he's treading on my tail.
See how eagerly the lobsters and the turtles all advance!
They are waiting on the shingle -- will you come and join the dance?
Will you, won't you, will you, won't you, will you join the dance?
Will you, won't you, will you, won't you, won't you join the dance?

'You can really have no notion how delightful it will be
When they take us up and throw us, with the lobsters, out to sea!'
But the snail replied 'Too far, too far!' and gave a look askance --
Said he thanked the whiting kindly, but he would not join the dance.
Would not, could not, would not, could not, would not join the dance.
Would not, could not, would not, could not, could not join the dance.

'What matters it how far we go?' his scaly friend replied.
'There is another shore, you know, upon the other side.
The further off from England the nearer is to France --
Then turn not pale, beloved snail, but come and join the dance.
Will you, won't you, will you, won't you, will you join the dance?
Will you, won't you, will you, won't you, won't you joint the dance?


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Jumbo Jet by Spike Milligan

I saw a little elephant standing in my garden,
I said 'You don't belong in here', he said 'I beg you pardon?',
I said 'This place is England, what are you doing here?',
He said 'Ah, then I must be lost' and then 'Oh dear, oh dear'.

'I should be back in Africa, on Saranghetti's Plain',
'Pray, where is the nearest station where I can catch a train?'.
He caught the bus to Finchley and then to Mincing lane,
And over the Embankment, where he got lost, again.

The police they put him in a cell, but it was far too small,
So they tied him to a lampost and he slept against the wall.
But as the policemen lay sleeping by the twinkling light of dawn,
The lampost and the wall were there, but the elephant was gone!

So if you see an elephant, in a Jumbo Jet,
You can be sure that Africa's the place he's trying to get!


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Wee Joukydaidles by J Smith

Wee Joukydaidles,
Toddlin' out an' in :
Oh but she's a cuttie,
Makin' a sair din !
Aye sae fou' o' mischief,
An' minds na what I say :
My verra heart gangs loup, loup,
Fifty times a-day !

Wee Joukydaidles -
Where's the stumpie noo ?
She's peepin' thro' the cruivie,
An' lauchin' to the soo !
Noo she sees my angry e'e,
An' aff she's like a hare !
Lassie, when I get ye,
I'll scud ye till I'm sair !

Wee Joukydaidles -
Noo she's breakin' dishes -
Noo she's soakit i' the burn,
Catchin' little fishes -
Noo she's i' the barn-yard,
Playin' wi' the fouls ;
Feedin' them wi' butter-bakes,
Snaps, an' sugar-bools.

Wee Joukydaidles -
Oh, my heart it's broke !
She's torn my braw new wincey
To mak' a dolly's frock -
There's the goblet owre the fire !
The jaud ! she weel may rin !
No a tattie ready yet,
An' faither comin' in !

Wee Joukydaidles -
Where's the smoukie noo !
She's hidin' i' the coal-hole
Cryin' 'Keekyboo !' -
Noo she's at the fireside,
Pu'in' pussy's tail -
Noo she's at the broun bowl,
Suppin' a' the kail !

Wee Joukydaidles -
Paidlin' i' the shower -
There she's at the windy !
Haud her, or she's owre !
Noo she's slippit frae my sicht :
Where's the wean at last ?
In the byre amang the kye,
Sleepin', soun' an' fast.


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Almost a Teenager by Stuart Macfarlane

Tomorrow is my birthday,
And I will be eight,
Which is very nearly ten years old,
And I think that that is great.
For ten is just short of twelve,
And you know what that will mean,
Tomorrow is my birthday,
And Iím almost a teen!!!
(Copyright Stuart Macfarlane)




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