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Inspired by Wartime Farm, episode 5

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This was last week's episode - the segment where it was made clear that every bit of food the rats ate was one more bushel that the beleaguered merchant navy needed to bring ashore... no tune yet but I haven't gone looking yet.


MRS RAT

I charge you all good yeomen

That live on England’s farms

Take arms against the rats before

They do us all much harm

For every single bushel

The villains dare to eat

Is one more bushel added to

The burden of the fleet –

And it’s one more run in the teeth of Hitler’s guns

And it’s one more crew takes the risk for me and you

I charge you all good yeoman

That fight upon the land

The enemy are many and

The battle is at hand

Set traps, lay down the poison

Don’t let them settle, please

We don’t work night and day so Mrs

Rat can take her ease –

Set your traps, train your dogs, lay your poison, do your best

To rid England’s farms and granaries from this unwelcome guest.

I charge you all good yeomen

Whose brothers are at sea

Take arms against the rat before

They eat our hope of victory

For all the spoiled bushels

And all the eaten grain

Means one more merchant crew must

Run the gauntlet once again –

And it’s one more run in the teeth of Hitler’s guns

And it’s one more crew takes the risk for me and you

Set your traps, train your dogs, lay your poison, do your best

To rid England’s farms and granaries from this unwelcome guest.

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Words by & © Talis Kimberley 15th October 2012 

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