Words of Interest

Number 26.


Sung to the tune of Men of Harlech

What's the use of wearing braces

Vests and pants and boots with laces,

Spats and hats you buy in places

Down in 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 foe men

Boil it to a brilliant blue

And rub it on your back and your abdomen.


Ancient Briton never hit on

Anything as good as Woad to fit on

Neck or knees, or where you sit on.

Tailors, you be blowed!


Romans come across the channel

All wrapped up in tin and flannel.

Half a pint of woad per man'll

Dress us more than these.


Saxon, you can waste your stitches

Building beds for bugs in breeches.

We have WOAD to clothe us, which is

Not a nest for fleas?

Roman, keep your armours,


Saxon,your pyjamas,

Hairy coats were meant for goats,

Gorillas, yaks, retriever dogs and llamas;

Tramp up Snowdon


With our WOAD on:

Never mind if we get rained or blowed on,

Never want a button sewed on,

Go it, Ancient B's.


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