THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT
(Edward Lear / Elton Hayes)
Elton Hayes - 1948
Also recorded by: Stuart Robertson.
The owl and the pussycat went to sea
In a beautiful pea-green boat
They took some honey and plenty of money
Wrapped up in a five pound note.
The owl looked up to the stars above
And sang to a small guitar
"Oh, lovely pussy, oh pussy my love,
What a beautiful pussy you are, you are, you are,
What a beautiful pussy you are."
Pussy said to the Owl, "You elegant fowl,
How charmingly sweet you sing!
Oh! let us be married, too long we have tarried
But what shall we do for a ring?"
They sailed away, for a year and a day,
To the land where the Bong Tree grows
And there in a wood, a piggy-wig stood
With a ring at the end of his nose, his nose, his nose
A ring at the end of his nose
Said the owl, "Are you willing to sell for one shilling, your ring?"
Said the piggy, "I will"
So they took it away and were married next day
By the turkey who lived on the hill
They dined on quince—and slices of mince,
Served up with a runcible spoon
And hand in hand, by the edge of the sand
They danced by the light of the moon, the moon, the moon
They danced by the light of the moon