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    Effervescing Elephant

    by Syd Barrett
    An effervescing elephant with tiny eyes and great big trunk
    once whispered to the tiny ear, the ear of one in fear, you hear
    that by next June he'd die, Oh yeah!
    And the tiger would roam, the little one said,
    "Oh my goodness - I must stay at home!

    And every time I hear a growl, I'll know the tiger's on the prowl,
    And I'll be really safe, you know, the elephant, he told me so."
    Everyone was nervous, Oh yeah!
    And the message was spread
    to zebra, mongoose, and the dirty hippopotamus

    who wallowed in the mud and chewed his spicy hippo-plankton food
    and tended to ignore the word, referring to a survey I heard
    of stupid water bison Oh yeah!
    And all the jungle took fright,
    and ran around for all the day and the night,

    But all in vain because, you see, the tiger came and said,
    "Who me? You know I wouldn't hurt not one of you -
    I much prefer something to chew,
    and you are all too scant."
    Oh yeah!
    He ate the ele- phant.