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I Am A Walrus And I Play The Saxophone

Hannah Werdmuller on March 30, 2012 20:03

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Written with Dr. Padmini Ray Murray as part of a creativity exercise. A guide to song-writing suggested, "Why not write about a newspaper story?!" and this was the headline ...

I am a walrus and I play the saxophone
It's not very fun, though, 'cause I'm always on my own
I left all my friends there deep under the sea
They don't understand what it's like to be me.

On the New York streets I sit and I busk
They sometimes give me pennies - I think they like my tusks
There aren't many walruses who become musicians
Hindered by discontinuous circumpolar distribution

But I've had enough of this wandering life
Looking the way I do often causes strife
Gang wars! Knife crime! The occasional skirmish
I would much rather be chilling with the fish

I took the next boat out to the Laptev Sea
Hoping for reunion with my pinniped family
But when I got there, there was no-one to be found
The cracking of the ice was the only sound

What has happened to my walrus kin?
Global warming made the ice too thin
Now I am truly on my own
With nothing to console me but my saxophone


I am a walrus and I play the saxophone

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