Lyndon Hood - Always learning, Wellington

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Turns out Fairburn wrote light verse political satire as well.

A. R. D. Fairburn's rather scathing poem about the degraded institution of knighthoods was subject to an attempted tabling, followed, I am assured, by an attempted singing, in Parliament.

For all that he won't lie down, Fairburn has been dead for the allotted time, so I believe I can legally publish the poem - "Roll Out the Knightcart" - on Scoop. For those of you who are tired of clicking on blue writing, I'll give you the last chorus here. To the the tune of Waltzing Matilda:
Roll out the knightcart! Roll out the knightcart!
Who'll come a-hunting a knighthood with me?
For we'll get our bloody gongs now they've changed the bloody Government —
(Incidentally, do tell me if there's any transcription errors)

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