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Pour Les Petits Animaux

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Track 4. Hunting down the Hampsters

Written when the Ryder household was going through the hamster phase of life, and a little false – actually they are not that easy to breed, because the parents tend to eat the young – a useful object lesson of course for children, to demonstrate what parents may really be capable of.

Now hamsters are small rodents that come from the Near East
If you want a children's pet, a hamster is the ideal beast
But soon you'll a drawback, to say the very least
When you are hunting down the hamsters in the morning

Every animal we've owned has been a veritable Hou-
dini of the hamster world, so that even if you
are using hamster manacles, or strong epoxy glue
Still you'll be hunting down the hamsters in the morning

We bought a pair of hamsters, we bought the very best
Not knowing their precocity and that they had a gest-
tation period of sixteen days - need I say the rest?
Soon we were hunting down hamsters in the morning

Now hamsters tend to breed like flies its true
(or rather flies they breed like hamsters tend to 1do)
We had hamsters innumerable 'though we started with just two
We were hunting down the hamsters in the morning

There were hamsters in the kitchen there were hamsters in the hall
There were hamsters on the floor, there were hamsters on the walls
There were very few places with no hamsters at all
When we were hunting down the hamsters in the morning

There were hamsters, doing all the things that hamsters do
In the cellar, in the attic, in the drains and in the flues
Hamsters nibbling your ankles while you're sitting on the loo
Soon we were hunting down the hamsters in the morning

So its Yoicks, tally ho and away they go,
Round by the skirting board, underneath the so-
fa, into all the places that only hamsters know
When we were hunting down the hamsters in the morning

In the hunting of the hamsters, we used equipment that
included boxes, bowls and netting and an ancient cricket bat
We even had to threaten that we would employ the cat
When we were hunting down the hamsters in the morning

So raise your glasses drink a solemn toast
To underline today our very honest boast
To everyone with hamsters - we had the most!
When we were hunting down the hamsters in the morning

 

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