Of Mice and ... More Mice (John Price) 'Twas on the tenth of August In nineteen hundred and ninety three Four hundred mice from China Decide to find the sea They pack their bags and leave their holes These stout and fearless mousekin souls With chopsticks, rice and tiny bowls On the road to freedom. 'Twas on the tenth of August In nineteen hundred and ninety three These rodents set out eastward To try to find the sea Without a map to guide their way They walk the best part of the day And sing to keep their fears at bay "We're on the road to freedom" 'Twas on the tenth of August In nineteen hundred and ninety three The sun is slowly sinking A long way from the sea. Their little paws are getting sore They wonder can they walk some more And will they ever reach the shore? On the road to freedom. 'Twas on the tenth of August In nineteen hundred and ninety three With darkness all around them These mice can hardly sea (sorry!) When down the road there comes a truck They leap on board, a bargain's struck, They hardly can believe their luck They're on the road to freedom. The eleventh day of August In nineteen hundred and ninety three With many hours of travelling The mice have reached the sea They leave the truck and say "Farewell" They rush to paddle in the swell What happened next is sad to tell They couldn't handle freedom. The eleventh day of August In nineteen hundred and ninety three The story was discovered How these mice went to sea. So if you're small and like to sing And think the sea's a nifty thing Be sure to wear your water wings Or you'll lose more than freedom. note: On August 11, 1993, the People's Republic of China announced that some 400 mice in northwest China had rushed into the sea and drowned themselves. Largely as a result of this writer's official complaint to the Board of Governors of the International Folk Song Writers' Union and Directorate (IFSWUD), the tragic event has been supremely immortalized by John Price. It can, he claims, be sung to the tune 'On the Road to Freedom' - preferably with John Kirkpatrick playing it. JP JP oct97
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