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This is a little ode to the pet rats I used to have. I was singing about them as I planned the melody (using nonsense lyrics) and decided to keep them. I like the idea of writing children’s’ songs or, “first impression,” lyrics (at least occasionally).

Pickle and Sausage lived in a large cage in my bathroom (as it was the safest room to let them out in, without them being impossible to get back in!) They were lovely little things - They used to sleep on my lap and run up to me when I got home.



Pickle is a little white rat, who sits and watches me shave
She’s bigger than a weasel or a gnat and ever so brave
Sausage is a larger brown rat, who’s fat and sleek in misbehaviour
She’s smaller than a beaver and she’s smaller than my flat
If I ever died in here they’d eat me (and it’s fair that…)
Anything a person can eat a rat can eat

Halo Jones engaging in a rat war
Running like a person in a rat war

Rat King’s tails
Berkshire stripe
Stop looking like a mouse
Rat King’s tails
Eternal multicoloured girls


* "Anything a person can eat a rat can eat" - This is almost true.... Rats evolved alongside humans and have learned to digest almost anything that we can. They certainly love junk food and prefer pizza or a bit of burger to seeds. However, they can still choke on thick pastes or large lumps of food, so you shouldn't allow them to share anything I just liked the concept of humans and rats sharing a lifestyle and common goals - which we do

* Halo Jones is an excellent comic by Alan Moore, which does feature the terrifying concept of, “rat war”

* A Berkshire stripe is a white marking on the bodies of some pedigree rats (including Sausage)

* “Stop looking like a mouse,” was a comical instruction to Pickle from her breeder as, when young, she did look exactly like a mouse

* A rat king is a monster in German folk-lore, which is said to be born when rats became tangled by their tails. (One is featured as the bad guy in the Nutcracker Suite). I also like a band called Sidi Bou Said, who wrote a song called Rat King


from Reader's Voice (E​.​P​.​), released March 20, 2016


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