An Effervescing Elephant
with tiny eyes and great big trunk
once whispered to the tiny ear,
the ear of one inferior,
that by next June he'd die, oh yeah!
because the tiger would roam.
The little one said: "Oh my goodness I must stay at home!
and every time I hear a growl
I'll know the tiger's on the prowl
and I'll be really safe, you know,
the elephant, he told me so."
Everyone was nervy, oh yeah!
and the message was spread
to zebra, mongoose, and the dirty hippopotamus,
who wallowed in the mud and chewed
his spicy hippo-plankton food
and tended to ignore the word,
preferring to survey a herd
of stupid water bison, oh yeah!
And all the jungle took fright,
and ran around for all the day and the night,
but all in vain, because, you see,
the tiger came and said: "Who me?!
You know, I wouldn't hurt not one of you.
I'd much prefer something to chew,
and you're all to scant." oh yeah!
He ate the Elephant!