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Green stripy trousers

Today’s poem is actually a song, you can listen a (very rough) recording of it on audioboo

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Green stripy trousers

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This is the story of a poor young boy
Who had no clothes of his own
save a new pair of trousers bought specially for him
by a rich man his father had known

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Life hadn’t been kind to our simple young lad
it had dealt him a pretty rough hand
and as sad as it may be those trousers were all
that had turned out the way that he’d planned

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They were slightly too short and a little too wide
With a belt round the waist made of string
But when he put them on he could stand up strong
Those green stripy trousers made him feel like a king

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Soon the war came along and our young boy signed up
as a ships boy he sailed off to sea
And though he was given a uniform
he stowed his trousers on board secretly

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and when his watch was over he’d head to his bunk
and peek inside of his chest
where, folded away underneath all his kit
were the trousers tucked safe in their nest

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They were slightly too short and a little too wide
with a belt round the waist made of string
But when he put them on he could stand up strong
Those green stripy trousers made him feel like a king

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Now one day the cry went up: “all hands on deck
The enemy’s off the port bow”
and if ever he needed his old trousers on
well surely the time was now

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As the air filled with cannonballs, bullets and shouts
and the water turned crimson and black
our hero was down below deck on a hunt
for the trousers he’d secretly packed

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They were slightly too short and a little too wide
With a belt round the waist made of string
But when he put them on he could stand up strong
Those green stripy trousers made him feel like a king

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At the end of the fight, as their ship limped away
by the light from the enemy’s sail
the survivors regrouped and recounted the battle
and soon found they told the same tale

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At the heat of the conflict a creature appeared
to take the enemy ship by surprise
And though none had seen this brave man’s face in the smoke
they all saw the green stripes down his side

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They were slightly too short and a little too wide
With a belt round the waist made of string
But when he put them on he could stand up strong
Those green stripy trousers made him feel like a king

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Richard Clarkson 27.08.2010

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