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Badger Takes a Stand

from The Wind in the Willows by GreenMatthews



So the winter gave way to the springtime once again.
And the natural world greeted her like a long-lost friend.
And the flowers began shooting and the trees began fruiting.
All the world came to life as the year once more revolved
And then one day in the spring Badger made a firm resolve...

Upon a fine and sunny day a knock came at the door.
Mole went to see who it might be and on the doorstep saw
The Badger standing large as life and looking grave and grim.
“The spring is come” the Badger said “and now our task begins."

“I speak of course of Mr Toad and his unruly ways.
He’s getting us beasts a fearful name because he spends his days
Careering round the countryside in those infernal cars.
We have to act before he brings himself or others to harm."

“He had three crashes just last week” said Rat and shook his head.
“And if he carries on in this way he’ll end up ruined or dead.”
The Mole said “It’s our duty, chaps to help our poor, dear friend.
If we agree we’ll make him see this madness has to end.”

The Badger said “I’m glad to see that we’re all of one mind.
Let’s go to Toad Hall straightaway and there I’ll think you’ll find
A few well-chosen words from me will make him change his ways.”
And so the friends rowed up the river to lift the Toad’s malaise...


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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