Are those pirates in my pockets
The pirates of Penzance
I seem to wobble when I walk
Those pirates in my pants.
One’s dressed in a pinafore
Is that Gilbert in a frock
Or Sullivan in slippers
Or some other poppycock.
They raised the skull and crossbones
And waved it at the throng
That was many moons ago
They joined in pirate’s song.
Twas the Major Generals song
With long and languid lyrics
Sung in chorus with calculus
By bold brigands and mimics.
“I am the very model of a modern major general
I’ve information vegetable, animal and mineral
I know the kings of England and I quote the fights historical
From Marathon to Waterloo in order categorical”
They marched and sang in chorus
And stunned the audience
And then led Gailly and the Prince
Off on a merry dance.
© David Rudder 8th May 2021
Thanks for reading.
Authors note: Re “Gilbert and Sullivan”
Their quarter of a century-long partnership began in 1871 when the pair were brought together by theatre manager Richard D’Oyly Carte. Gilbert and Sullivan are perhaps best known for their comic operas: The Mikado, H.M.S Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance, and Iolanthe.