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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.”


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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.


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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


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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.


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The Tortoise
Sung by The Corries