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The Motor​-​Car

from The Wind in the Willows by GreenMatthews

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They’d not gone far down the road when from the way they’d come
They heard a strange and keening sound likewise a distant hum.
Poop poop! Poop poop! They looked to see what it might be
But nothing round them could they see so continued on their way.
Poop poop! Poop poop! The sound was closer than before.
The humming had become a roar which filled the whole highway.

Then in a whirl of dust and noise the motor-car swept down
Upon the friends, the cart and horse. The world turned upside down.
Poop poop! Poop poop! Despite Mole’s efforts at his ear
The poor horse ran in abject fear and the cart turned upside down.
Poop poop! Poop poop! The brazen shout rang in their ears
Then in the distance disappeared as swift as it had come.

“You road hog!” shouted Rat and danced with rage and shook his fist.
Mole went to fetch the horse but Toad was lost in a kind of mist.
“Poop poop! Poop poop! O heavenly vision! O sweetest sound!
O wonder which I’ve finally found!” Said Rat “We must complain.” “Complain? Complain? Of such a blessed sight?” said Toad.
“That Mercury of the open road? That bolt? That hurricane?!”

The Rat let out a sigh. “I recognise the signs,” said he.
“A new fad has him in its grip. This is the way he’ll be
For days and days like someone in a reverie
No use to anyone he’ll be ‘til the fad’s course is complete.”
And so both friends set out for comfort, hearth and home
And left Toad standing quite alone in the middle of the street.

But then next day the news began to spread around
Toad had that morning gone to town upon the earliest train.
And there he bought, over a brandy and cigar,
A large expensive motor-car....
His fad was underway!


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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