adventures in dysthymia

Saturday, August 20, 2011

ANCESTORS

I do descend from the King of the Cavemen,
a Paleolithic potentate;
Australopithecus rex, Leakey named him --
he saw that a crown fitted on his pate!

Homo correctus stands next in my line,
upright, of course, in every respect;
above all the other ape-men, head and shoulders,
in morals and manners and intellect!

The mightiest mammoths to ever roam
were pets for the family Neanderthals,
and then came the world's first great artist,
who drew all those pictures on the cave walls!

Oh, I've a long line of distinguished ancestors,
Some of them were kings and some were court jesters;
and if you should climb this fine family tree,
sooner or later you'll get to me!
I'll never match up to a single forefather,
So most days I don't even bother.
Just sit right here, have another beer,
we'll raise a cheer to my ancestors!

Now, these are but the most notable notables,
there may be a valley or two 'mid the peaks,
but I'll mention the gall of my Gaul forebears
who fought with, then married the Romans and Greeks!

Most oddly, my lineage includes holy men --
one became Cardinal while still but a laddy;
Or maybe it wasn't really so curious
when one realizes the Pope was his Daddy!

Hard work and wisdom made them what they were,
right from the start of my illustrious line;
generations of over-acheivers -- 
until they reached me, they were doing quite fine!

Oh, I've a long line of distinguished ancestors,
Some of them were kings and some were court jesters;
and if you should climb this fine family tree,
sooner or later you'll get to me!
I'll never match up to a single forefather,
So most days I don't even bother.
Just sit right here, have another beer,
we'll raise a cheer to my ancestors!

Yes, we'll raise our glasses and a cheer
to my ancestors!

Stephen Brooke ©2011

a silly song in a quasi-music hall style

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