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The Bantam Cock

  • Jake Thackeray

    He was a grand upstanding bantam cock
    So brisk and stiff and spry
    With springy step and jaunty plume
    And a purposeful look in his eye
    In his little black blinking eye

    I took him to the coop and I introduced him
    To my seventeen wide-eyed hens
    He tupped and he tupped as a hero should
    And he bowed from the waist to them all
    Then he upped and he tupped them all again

    And then upon the peace of my ducks and geese
    He rudely did intrude
    With glazed eyes and open mouths
    They bore it with fortitude
    And a little bit of gratitude

    He jumped my giggling guinea fowl
    And forced his attentions upon
    My twenty hysterical turkeys
    And a visiting migrant swan
    And the bantam plundered on

    He ravished my fantailed pigeons
    And my lily-white columbines
    And when I was locking up a budgerigar
    He jumped my parrot from behind
    And she was sitting on my shoulder at the time

    Then all of a sudden with a gasp and a gulp
    He clasped his hands to his head
    Fell flat on his back with his toes in the air
    My bantam cock lay dead
    And the vultures circled overhead

    What a handsome cock what a noble brute
    What a way to live and die
    I was digging him a grave to save his bones
    From the hungry buzzards in the sky
    When the bantam opened up one sly little eye

    Then he gave me a look and a terrible wink
    The way that rapists do
    He said, D'you see them big daft buggers up there
    They'll be down in a minute or two
    They'll be down in a minute or two

    As sung by Iain MacKintosh

Susannes Folksong-Notizen

  • [1973:] Written by Jake Thackeray. No comment, I think. (Notes Iain MacKintosh, 'By Request')

    [1998:] An incitement to rape, in my humble opinion, and I'm glad Iain gave up singing it long ago. (SK)

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