Poem introduction

I think that God somewhere picks somebody out and says, "You will do this, and you'll write that and you'll write this," and then you do it. There are no strings or anything attached to me at all yet sometimes...I should write funny poems...

The Land of the Bumbly Boo

In the Land of the Bumbly Boo
The people are red, white and blue
They never blow noses
Or ever wear clothses
What a sensible thing to do!

In the Land of the Bumbly Boo
You can buy lemon pie at the zoo
They give away foxes
In little pink boxes
And bottles of dandelion stew.

In the Land of the Bumbly Boo
You never see a gnu
But thousands of cats
Wearing trousers and hats
Made of pumpkin and pelican glue.

Oh the Bumbly Boo! The Bumbly Boo!
That's the place for me and you!
So hurry let's run
The train leaves at one
For the Land of the Bumbly Boo

The wonderful Bumbly Boo Boo Boo
The wonderful Wumbly Boo!

from Complete Poems (Penguin, 1997), by permission of Spike Milligan Productions. Recording used by permission of the BBC

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