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The Sing Song of Old Man Kangaroo


The Sing-Song of Of Old Man Kangaroo

This is the story of The Sing-Song of Of Old Man Kangaroo
and it happened Just So.

Long ago in the HIgh and Far Off times , when the world was new.
There was the Great Continent of Australia.
and in the middle of the Great Continent of Australia
was an outcrop and on the outcrop was...
Old Man Kangaroo
He looked a very different animal from the shape we know today.
He was grey and he was wooly and his Pride was Inordinate!
He danced and sang on to of the outcrop, hoping everyone would see
and hear him and think him a wonderful animal.
But nobody did.

So he went to see the Little God Nqa,
He went to see Little God Nqa even before Nqa had woken up,
at six-o-clock in the morning.
Ho there Nqa sang out Old Man Kangaroo most rudely.
Make me even more wonderful and different from all other animals
by five-o-clock this afternoon.
Up jumped Little God Nqa and shouted Go Away you inordinately proud Kangaroo.
And Kangaroo did.
But his pride was not hurt one bit he continued to sing and dance on top of his outcrop,
hoping a few people might notice how special he was.
But not even a few people did.
So he went to see Middle God Nquing.
He went to see Middle God Nquing just after Nquing had had his breakfast.
At eight-o-clock in the morning.
Ho there Nquin sang out Old Man Kangaroo most rudely.
Make me popular and sought after by five -this-afternoon.
Up jumped Middle God Nquing and shouted Go Away you inordinately proud Kangaroo.
And Kangaroo did.
But his pride was not damaged at all, he kept on singing and dancing all grey and wooly
on tip of his outcrop, in the Middle of the Great Continent of Australia.
Hoping that at least one person would notice how wonderful he was.
But not one person did.
So he went to see the Big God Nquon
He went to see the Big God Nquong even before Nquong had had his dinner and ten-o-clock
in the morning.
Ho there Nquong sang out Old Man Kangaroo most rudely.
Make me the most different and wonderfully run after animal in the whole of Australia.
By five-o-clock this afternoon.
Up jumped Big God Nquong and shouted , YES I will you inordinately proud Kangaroo.
And he called for Dingo, yellow dog Dingo and he said.
Do you see that fine gentleman dancing and singing on that sandbank?
Well, he wants to be different and so popular that he is truly run after.
So go ahead Dingo, make him so.
Up jumped Dingo, Yellow Dog Dingo, and truly ran after Kangaroo.
Off shot the proud Kangaroo on his four little grey wooly legs like a bunny.
He ran through the desert he ran through the mountains.
He ran through the salt pans, he ran through the reed-beds.
He ran through the Blue Gums, he ran till his front legs ached.
But behind him came Dingo, Yellow Dog Dingo,
Always hungry, grinning like a rat-trap
Never getting nearer, never getting farther.
He ran and ran after Kangaroo.
Still ran Kangaroo, he ran through the Ti-Trees, he ran through the Mulga.
He ran through the long grass he ran through the short grass.
He ran till his hind legs ached.
Still ran Dingo, Yellow Dog Dingo, hungrier and hungrier,
grinning like a horse-collar
Never getting nearer, never getting farther.
Till at last they came to the Wollgong River.
Now their wasn't any bridge and their wasn't any ferryboat.
and Kangaroo didn't know how to get over, so he stood on his hind legs
and he hopped.
He hopped through the Cinders and he hopped through the Flinders.
He hopped through the deserts in the Middle of Australia,
He hopped. lika a Kangaroo.
Still ran Dingo, Yellow Dog Dingo, very much bewildered, very much hungry.
and wondering when in the world Old Man Kangaroo would stop.
Then up jumped Big God Nquong and said Hold Still it's five-o-clock.
Down sat Dingo, Poor Dog Dingo, always hungry and very tired.
Down sat Kangaroo and said Thanks Goodness that's finished.
then said Nquong, come now you inordinately proud Kangaroo why don't you
thank Yellow Dog Dingo for granting your wish.
Then said Kangaroo, tired Old Kangaroo.
He's chased me out of my childhood home.
He's chased me out of my sing-song voice.
He's chased me out of my regular shape.
So that I am very strange indeed.
Forgive me said Nquong, but I seem to remember that at 10-o-clock this morning
you requested that I should make you the most different and truly run-after animal in the whole of Australia.
By 5-o-clock, and I have done so.
With the help of faithful Yellow Dog Dingo.
That's all very fine said starving Dog Dingo.
But what may I have for my tea?
I don't know said Big God Nquong, it's time for my bath, come and ask me about it tomorrow.
So there they were, Yellow Dog Dingo and Old Man Kangaroo,
alone on a sandbank, in the middle of the great Continent of Australia,
blaming each other for their predicament.
And so it is today, Dingo Dog still chases Kangaroo,
just like he chased that first grey, wooly, inordinately proud Old Man Kangaroo in the World