'The Owl and the Pussycat' lyrics
Here are the lyrics to the poem 'The Owl and the Pussycat'
Is The Owl and the Pussycat about the world's oddest couple? And is the poem a love story or just nonsense? Written by Edward Lear and published in 1870 it is true to say nobody has a clue what it actually means - which is exactly the point.
One of the most vivid and charming examples of Victorian nonsense poetry, it is embedded in the national psyche, with many a grown up able to recite it from beginning to end. We named it one of the best children's poems ever
The Owl and the Pussycat lyrics
The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea
In a beautiful pea-green boat,
They took some honey, and plenty of money,
Wrapped up in a five-pound note.
The Owl looked up to the stars above,
And sang to a small guitar,
'O lovely Pussy! O Pussy, my love,
What a beautiful Pussy you are,
What a beautiful Pussy you are!'
Pussy said to the Owl, 'You elegant fowl!
How charmingly sweet you sing!
O let us be married! too long we have tarried:
But what shall we do for a ring?'
They sailed away, for a year and a day,
To the land where the Bong-Tree grows
And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood
With a ring at the end of his nose,
With a ring at the end of his nose.
'Dear Pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling
Your ring?' Said the Piggy, 'I will.'
So they took it away, and were married next day
By the Turkey who lives on the hill.
They dined on mince, and slices of quince,
Which they ate with a runcible spoon;
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,
They danced by the light of the moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.