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Another Motor​-​Car

from The Wind in the Willows by GreenMatthews



Toad ambled down the highway when an old familiar sound
From far behind him caught his ear and made him turn around
And down the road he saw a sight which made him come alive
A party in a motor-car out for a Sunday drive.

“What luck!” thought Toad “I’m sure if I appeal to protocol
They’ll gladly take a stranded gentleman back to Toad Hall!”
But he began to tremble when he recognised from afar
The folk from whom he’d stolen the previous motor-car.

Toad, overcome with terror at the prospect of arrest,
Fell deep into a faint and fell face down in distress
Concerned, the driver pulled up by the roadside and got out
“Here lend a hand, you fellows, this poor lady has passed out!”

The gentlemen placed Toad safe next to the driver’s seat
“Now sit awhile dear lady 'til you’re steady on your feet.
We’ll take you to a doctor who’ll give you the finest care
And while we travel breathe in the pleasant country air.”

Toad realised they had no knowledge who they’d taken on
His spirits rose and as the motor-car sped swiftly on
He found himself admiring the grace with which it moved
And speculated how the driving could well be improved.

Then Toad could wait no longer.
With a grip as strong as steel
He forced the driver from the seat
And seized the steering-wheel
Poop-poop! Poop-poop!
Now tremble and quake before a one
Who shuns and scorns pedestrians and spurns the Highway Code!
Know that I am
None other than he whom you thought parked
Safe in a dungeon deep and dark -
The Daring Mr Toad!

The passengers all cried as one:
“Let’s seize this wicked Toad!”
But Toad spun round the wheel
At which the vehicle left the road.
And ploughed through fields
And hurtled straight through thick hedge-ways
Through foliage, grass and straw and hay with the passengers hanging on.
Until at last
The motor-car came to a halt
And, bruised and battered by the assault,
It lay in a duckpond.

Toad sprang out of the wreckage and jubilantly crowed
“Who was it stole the same car once again? Ingenious Toad!”
Then blithely paying no heed to the party’s feeble screams
He turned with purpose and strode off and fell into a stream...


from The Wind in the Willows, released June 28, 2021


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GreenMatthews Coventry, UK

Chris Green and Sophie Matthews play English traditional songs and tunes in a thoroughly 21st-century kick-ass style. Using a blend of ancient instruments such as cittern, English bagpipes and shawm as well as modern folk instruments such as guitar, flute and piano accordion, they breathe new life into material from hundreds of years ago, making it fresh and relevant for a modern audience. ... more


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