2003

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0833  Thursday, 1 May 2003

[1]     From:   John W. Kennedy <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
        Date:   Wednesday, 30 Apr 2003 11:47:41 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.0825 Re: God Save the Queen

[2]     From:   Don Bloom <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
        Date:   Wednesday, 30 Apr 2003 12:54:09 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.0825 Re: God Save the Queen


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From:           John W. Kennedy <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Wednesday, 30 Apr 2003 11:47:41 -0400
Subject: 14.0825 Re: God Save the Queen
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0825 Re: God Save the Queen

There are a good many texts of the woad song, which appears to be
anonymous, and which, for what it's worth, I first heard in 1965.  This
is my own editing.

     What's the use of wearing braces,
     Hats and spats and shoes with laces,
     Vests and pants you buy in places
       Down on Brompton Road?
     What's the use of shirts of cotton
     Studs that always get forgotten?
     These affairs are simply rotten--
       Better far is Woad!
   Woad's the stuff to show men!
   Woad to scare your foemen!
     Boil it to
     A brilliant blue
   And rub it on your legs and your abdomen!
     Ancient Britons
     Never hit on
     Anything good as Woad to fit on
     Neck or knees or where you sit on--
       Tailors be you blowed!

     Romans came across the Channel
     All decked out in tin and flannel
     Half a pint of Woad per man'll
       Clothe us more than these.
     Saxons you may save your stitches
     Building beds for bugs in britches,
     We have Woad to clothe us, which is
       Not a nest for fleas.
   Romans, keep your armor!
   Saxons, your pajamas!
     Hairy coats
     Were made for goats,
   Gorillas, yaks, retriever dogs and llamas!
     March on Snowdon
     With your Woad on
     Never mind if you're rained or snowed on
     Never need a button sewn on--
       Bollocks to the breeze!

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From:           Don Bloom <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Wednesday, 30 Apr 2003 12:54:09 -0500
Subject: 14.0825 Re: God Save the Queen
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0825 Re: God Save the Queen

Strangely enough, I know a little of that ditty ("Woad"):

What care we for wearing braces,
hats or spats or shoes with laces,
all those things you find in places
down on Brompton Road.

That's the extent of my recollection, although I think I once knew the
rest of that verse. It always disappointed me that it wasn't even a
little obscene.

Cheers,
don

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