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Tuesday, April 01, 2008

The Woad Goes Ever On And On

The Woad Song, sung to the tune of Men of Harlech (via Post-it Notes from Hades)

What's the use of wearing braces, hats or spats or shoes with laces
Vest 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 far 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 like woad to fit on
Necks or knees or where you sit on. Nothing's good as woad!

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, Saxons, your pajamas!
Hairy coats were made for goats, gorillas, yaks, retriever dogs and llamas!
March on Snowdon with your woad on, even if you're rained or snowed on
Never need a button sewed on, when you're wearing woad!


At 01 April, 2008 15:06, Anonymous JoeInVegas said...

Sounds like a Monty Python skit.

At 01 April, 2008 15:51, Blogger Persephone said...

It's way older than Python, going back at least 80 or 90 years.

At 02 April, 2008 15:08, Anonymous JoeInVegas said...

Wiki says 1920 or so, for the boy scouts. Perhaps John or Eric or Terry were scouts and songs such as this started them on the Beyond the Fringe direction. Thanks for the pointer Persephone - I figured with the Saxon reference and the blue coloring the song was several hundred years old.
And thanks Rob for providing a discussion area.

At 03 April, 2008 13:18, Blogger Persephone said...

Oh shoot, Joe, did I sound critical? I really was only adding info; must remember to use emoticons! /).(\

At 10 April, 2008 22:43, Blogger Sal said...



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