Winter Solstice - Actually WOAD!

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Message 19837 · 19 Dec 1999 05:06:58 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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Ian:
I sent a copy of your message to an old school chum
who is well versed(!) in these songs. He reports
that your message is not quite correct and,
based on many sing-songs at Scout camps
and elsewhere, offers the following "corrections"
to the second verse.

Eric

----- Original Message -----
From: Ian McHaffie <xxxxxx@xxxxxxxx.xxx>
To: <xxxxxxxxxx@xx.xxxxxxxxxx.xxx-xxxxxxxxx.xx>
Sent: Friday, December 17, 1999 8:17 PM
Subject: Re: Winter Solstice - Actually WOAD!

> Woad
>
> In response to a request - on a topic intimately connected with SCD!
>
> Ian McHaffie
> xxxxxx@xxxxxxxx.xxx
>
____________________________________________________________________________
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> (Tune: Men of Harlech)
> What's the use of wearing braces,
> Hats or spats or shoes with laces,
> Vests and pants you buy in places
> Down on Brompton Road?
> What's the use of shirts of cotton,
> Studs that always get forgotten?
> These affairs are simply rotten-
> Better f ar is woad.
> Woad's the stuff to show men,
> Woad to scare your foemen.
> Boil it to a brilliant blue
> And rub it on your legs and your abdomen
> Ancient Britons never hit on
> Anything as good as woad to fit on
> Neck or knees or where you sit on-
> Tailors, you be blowed!
>
> Romans came across the channel
> All dressed up in tin and flannel;
> Half a pint of woad per man'll
> Clothe us more than these.
> Saxons, you may save your stitches,
> Building beds for bugs in britches;
> We have woad to clothe us which is
> Not a nest for fleas.
> Romans, keep your armors, (sp: armours!)
> Saxons, your pajamas;
> Hairy coats were made for goats, (meant for)
> Gorillas, yaks, retriever dogs and llamas.
> March on Snowdon with your woad on (up Snowdon)
> Never mind if you get rained or snowed (add "on", to rhyme with
Snowdon))
> Never need a button sewed on,
> Good for us today! (Last line should be "Britons shall be free"
-- to rhyme (more or less!) with
"fleas"
several lines above! )
>
>

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