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Lanfranc Lyr Req: Songs about Rabbits. (84* d) Lyr Add: RUN RABBIT RUN (Noel Gary, Ralph Butler) 15 Feb 07


Before the Australians (or, worse, the Irish!) lay claim to it, the following gives the history of the song.

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"Run Rabbit Run"
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Run Rabbit Run is a song written by Noel Gay and Ralph Butler. The music was by Noel Gay and the song was sung by Flanagan and Allen.

This song was written for Noel Gay's show 'The little Dog Laughed' which opened in October 1939. It was a popular song during World War II, especially after Flanagan and Allen changed the lyrics to poke fun at the Germans (eg. Run Adolf, Run Adolf, Run, Run, Run........)

    On the farm, every Friday
    On the farm, it's rabbit pie day.
    So, every Friday that ever comes along,
    I get up early and sing this little song

    Run rabbit - run rabbit - Run! Run! Run!
    Run rabbit - run rabbit - Run! Run! Run!
    Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang!
    Goes the farmer's gun.
    Run, rabbit, run, rabbit, run.

    Run rabbit - run rabbit - Run! Run! Run!
    Don't give the farmer his fun! Fun! Fun!
    He'll get by
    Without his rabbit pie
    So run rabbit - run rabbit - Run! Run! Run!

Allegedly, the lyrics are a defiant dig at the ineffectual Luftwaffe - In September 1939, just after the outbreak of the Second World War, Germany launched its first air raid on Britain. The only casualty was a rabbit.

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I always understood that the unfortunate rodent was a resident of the Orkneys and was the victim of a sneak raid on the naval base of Scapa Flow.


Alan


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