The Wee Kirkcudbright Centipede (Matt McGinn) Oh, the wee Kirkcudbright Centipede, oh, she was very sweet She was very proud of every one of her hundred feet Early every morning, her neighbors came to glance She always entertained them with a beautiful little dance. Chorus As leg number 94 gave 95 a shunt Legs number 1 and 2 were twisted out in front Legs number 9 and 10 came wriggling up the side 73 and 74 were doing the parlor glide. Now her neighbor, Jenny Longlegs, with jealousy was mad She went out and bought herself a pencil and a pad She came to look one morning, she made a careful note Of every step the centipede made and this is what she wrote: Chorus (substitute Well for As) Now with her exact notations, little Jenny Longlegs tried To dance just like the centipede, she failed and nearly cried She grabbed hold of the centipede, and said, "Now have a look, Show me how to do this dance I've written in my book." (no chorus) The centipede said, "Do I do that?" tried to demonstrate She hadn't thought it out before, and didn't do too great Her hundred feet got twisted and she wound up in a tangle She fractured 14 kneecaps, 7 shinbones and an ankle. Chorus (this verse only) As legs number 1 and 2 were tied with 3 and 4 Legs number 5 and 6 were canceled on the floor Leg number 17 was attacked by number 10 98 and 99 will never dance again. Oh, the wee Kirkcudbright Centipede she suffered in terrible pain And all the bugs were very surprised the day she danced again And now she tells her neighbors, anyone who comes to see, "Never try an explanation of what comes naturally!" Chorus DR oct99
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