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Toad Steals a Motor​-​Car

from The Wind in the Willows by GreenMatthews



When Rat was gone Toad rose and dressed in motoring attire
And in the looking-glass he paused his likeness to admire.
“Now tremble all pedestrians and users of the road!
Gaze on the finest motorist in England – Mr Toad!”

He walked along the highway and came on a country inn.
The day being hot and dry he thought to take a drink within.
When stationed on the forecourt with the driver’s door ajar
He spied a bright-red, powerful and gleaming motor-car.

“What harm can come from merely looking at the car?” Toad mused.
“To drive it would be wrong but just to touch might be excused.
To sit before the dashboard and perhaps to just pretend
To stamp the pedals, toot the horn and steer imagined bends?”

But as he climbed the running-board and took the driver’s seat
The old familiar madness came and swept him off his feet.
Poop poop! Poop poop! Toad flicked the switch, let out the choke;
The engine came to life and smoke belched forth from the exhaust.
Poop poop! Poop poop! The tooting brought out at a run
The owner and the publican but the motor-car was lost..


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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