“Silly Old Baboon” by Spike Milligan

“Silly Old Baboon” by Spike Milligan


There was a Baboon

Who, one afternoon,

Said “I think I will fly to the sun.”

So, with two great palms

Strapped to his arms,

He started his take-off run.


Mile after mile

He galloped in style

But never once left the ground.

“You’re running too slow”

Said a passing crow,

“Try reaching the speed of sound.”


So he put on a spurt-

By God how it hurt!

The soles of his feet caught fire.

There were great clouds of steam

As he raced through a stream

But he still didn’t get any higher.


Racing on through the night

Both his knees caught alight

And smoke billowed out from his rear.

Quick to his aid

Came a fire brigade

Who chased him for over a year.


Many moons passed by.

Did Baboon ever fly?

Did he ever get to the sun?

I’ve just heard today

That he’s well on his way!

He’ll be passing through Acton at one.