cute one...poor Desmond manages to be born after a fox has made
off with his egg. At the end, it appears cuteness has saved the
day. Naturally. This is another favourite mostly because of the
flow of the words to the music. Anyway...
foxes abroad, few ducks can afford
To leave a new egg in a nest
And should they do so, they usually go
For it's duck eggs that foxes like best
And Desmond the duck had awfully bad luck
Even before he was born
While still in his egg with his nose on his leg
A fox came and took him at dawn
Unaware of his plight and the subsequent flight
Of the fox with the egg he had snatched
Desmond tapped on his shell and let out a yell
For he thought it was time he was hatched
The fox was surprised and in front of his eyes
A small beak appeared through a crack
Then a head, then a leg appeared from the egg,
Then Desmond, who fell on his back.
"Look mummy!" He said, "There's a bump on my head!
"But I couldn't wait there any longer.
"And now that I'm born, will you please keep me warm
"And take care of me 'til I am stronger?"
The fox shook his head. "I'm sorry" he said,
"but alas, there's no going back.
"I'm a fox, you're a duck that's right out of luck
"And I'm taking you home for a snack"
Said Desmond, "All right! I could do with a bite,
"But first could you answer my question?
"What are these on my back, and why can't you quack?"
Said the fox, "You upset my digestion."
"I'll take you back home, my heart isn't stone
"And life as a duck can be fun
"On the rivers and lakes you can play ducks and drakes
"Quite often I've wished I were one."
Said Desmond, "Hooray! What fun, come and play"
"Anytime that you're passing and bored"
Said the fox with a smile, "It'll be a long while
"For foxes are always abroad!"