talis_kimberley (talis_kimberley) wrote,
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A Mouse Shanty...

This video was going around on Facebook. In it, a small mouse finally succeeds in taking a biscuit several times her size up onto a shelf and away. I foolishly uttered the words 'I want to write a mouse shanty' and my Muse - who clearly has a low taste for bilingual puns, dropped this on my head in the ensuing 24 minutes.

http://jezebel.com/mouse-successfully-steals-enormous-cookie-in-a-most-epi-1456624185

THAT BISCUIT COMES WITH ME! (A MOUSE SHANTY)

One small determined mouseling met a biscuit large and square:
That biscuit comes with me!
‘But how’ the mouseling wondered ‘Can I get it here from there?‘
That biscuit comes with me!
It’s seven times my weight but ‘tis a splendid dinner-plate
A bigger biscuit I have yet to see!
And it’s seven times my size but I shall carry off my prize
That biscuit comes with me!

That biscuit comes with me, my friends!
That biscuit comes with me!
It’s seven times my size but I shall carry off my prize
That biscuit comes with me!

She took the splendid biscuit in her little mouseling paws (saying)
That biscuit comes with me!
She set about that biscuit with her little mouseling jaws (saying)
That biscuit comes with me!
She did her best to leap and she landed in a heap
Both she and biscuit ruled by gravity!
She scrabbled and she flung and she nibbled off a crumb
That biscuit comes with me!

That biscuit comes with me, my friends!
That biscuit comes with me!
It’s seven times my size but I shall carry off my prize
That biscuit comes with me!

She jumped up fully laden till her tries had passed a score
That biscuit comes with me!
And then, brave little mouseling, well, she jumped a dozen more
That biscuit comes with me!
She sat and had a think and her little paws were pink
And told herself, ‘Here’s how it’s going to be’
And taking care and time she succeeded in her climb
That biscuit comes with me!

That biscuit comes with me, my friends!
That biscuit comes with me!
It’s seven times my size but I shall carry off my prize
That biscuit comes with me!

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Words & music by & © Talis Kimberley 5th November 2013.

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And hey, this is public, so if anyone thinks Jezebel might like to know what they spawned... go for it!
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