People who like the ukulele also like other fun and exciting things, right? Well, here's a song I wrote yesterday about British birds and voting. What?
Featuring me wearing my least daring knitwear and singing with all the confidence and panache of a fainted goat. Comment, share, enjoy! Oh, and Vote for a Bird.
So the electoral race is almost run
But if you want something more permanent and fun
There's a new debate of candidates with a different kind of bill
If all the earthbound legislation is enough to make you ill,
Vote for a bird, vote for a bird, Which feathered friend do you most love to see?
Who's your preferred? You must have heard
Who our nation's favourite avian could be
Well the robin's quite the favourite in the mix
He was successful wearing red in '66.
50 years ago we voted him the nation's #1
It was never made official but now his chance has come!
And Jenny wren's another common little thing
You wouldn't think she's quite so small to hear her sing
Then there's the blue tit - just look at it
He wears a Zorro mask 'cause he's a bandit
If you appreciate the colour that they bring,
Vote for a bird, vote for a bird. Which feathered friend do you most love to see?
It's not just for nerds, don't be absurd!
Anyone can vote, it's absolutely free
A couple of these birds live underground
Like the puffin - she's not here all year around
They love the summer sun but when it's done they scarper off to sea
They may bring lots of colour but they're awful absentees
The kingfisher's sharp beak might cause alarm
But if you've got lungs then you won't come to harm
Then there's the mute swan - the posh one
Her majesty likes them with tea and scones
And if you don't choose him he'll come and break your arm (apparently)
Vote for a bird, vote for a bird, which feathered friend do you most love to see?
If you've been spurred and your heart is stirred
The website can be found quite easily
Hen harrier's the saddest of the lot
To protect our famous grouse they all got shot
See barn owls hooting, swooping like ghosties in the night
Plus they've got those heads that swivel so they're neither left nor right
Red kites - hooray - they might be bouncing back
If you want a bird that glides she's got the knack
How about the blackbird? Yes that bird that the Beatles told to fly
They're already leadin' Sweden and the girls aren't even black
Vote for a bird, vote for a bird
This is our chance for true democracy
I've run out of words that rhyme with bird
Don't believe their manifesto, they're just feathering their nest-oh
Let's find out who our national bird will be
And you should also vote in the general election if you can.
Jon Allen: uke teacher and occasional songwriter