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 Ed Pickford © prs

He was just a lonely tortoise

Looking for a home

His little feet were blistered

With the miles he’d had to roam      

I found him in a pet shop

On his cheek there was a tear

Painted on his little back

Was “5 new pence to clear.”


He’s a faithful friend the tortoise

And he’ll love you to the end

You wont need a person

With a tortoise for a friend

I took him from that pet shop

Tied to a piece of string

He was happy in his freedom

I think I heard him sing

I took him to my sports car

We’d twenty miles to go

I tied him to the bumper

He was grateful for the tow.


In the winter we would hibernate

We would both retire

If he ever got too cold

I’d stick him on the fire

In summer at the swimming pool

I was so proud of him

I threw him in  - -he often sank

I don’t think he could swim


Then came that day as come it may

To creatures great and small

A drunken driver hit my friend

He smashed against the wall

All I found here and there

Was little bits of shell

I made them into plectrums

I knew this plectrum well.



The Tortoise
Sung by The Corries