aefenglommung (aefenglommung) wrote,
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Some inspiration for backpackers

It's happened more than once. The crew leader will look at me to see if there's anything I want to say before we take off for the day's hike. I'll say, "Lead on, O kinky turtle." Blank looks. Even kids who go to church these days fail to get the joke. ("Lead on, O kinky turtle" is a kid's mangling of the hymn title, "Lead on, O King Eternal.")

Remembering that today, I suddenly found myself singing snatches of a new song. When I got home, I worked out three verses. The tune is (undoubtedly) Lancashire.

Venturing Anthem

Lead on, O kinky turtle, another trek has come;
henceforth midst clouds of skeeters our tents will be our home.
The rain and hail fall on us, the bears prowl round by night;
we’ve never lost a camper, but then again, we might.

Lead on, O kinky turtle, the path is rough and steep;
the snoring of my tent-mate means that I get no sleep.
Our diet is granola and freeze-dried mac and cheese;
We sit and tend our blisters and shiver in the breeze.

Lead on, O kinky turtle, it gives us pause to think
how days in the backcountry will surely make us stink.
We swear that if we make it, we ne’er again shall roam,
but we’ll start planning next year as soon as we get home.
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