Tiger Lillies & Kronos Quartet – Hipdeep Family

Charles Cowling


In January Cousin Fred,
We found him in the attic dead.
In February’s odd adventure
Father lost his dentures.
In March Fiona had a fright
When coming home alone one night,
Some men in a long black car
Made her get in and drove her far.

In April Horace left behind
What little thought, what little mind
He may have had. In the result
He joined an unknown eastern cult,
Tattooed his ears, pierced his nose,
Glides around on henna-ed toes.
His relatives are unforgiving,
Assert he’s no longer living.
The Hipdeep family.

In May Aunt Flo began to sneeze,
Which heralded some strange disease.
In June Jeffrey got himself arrested
He’s still far and wide detested.
In July Mama’s pin-money dwindled
Away to nought when she was swindled.
In August Bruno had a fit,
A passing tot he went and bit.
The Hipdeep family.

In September we were sad to lose
Miss Grey while on a cruise
She happened to fall overboard
Into Norway’s deepest fjord.
In October Alice was betrothed
To Edgard whom she found she loathed,
His behavior ever since
Has been enough to make her wince.

In November it was rather frightning
When Baby Boo was struck by lightning,
The experts think perhaps he’ll walk
And even sort of learn to talk.
And in December Amy’s luck was rotten,
While singing ‘Die Frau and Schatten’,
Without warning lost her voice,
A twist of fate, had no choice.
The Hipdeep family.

So much for us, we hope that you
Have managed somehow to get through
The year and so can celebrate
A bit before the hands of fate
Shall get us in its grip again,
But we anticipate our Gorey end.

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Phoebe Hoare
Phoebe Hoare
9 years ago

Tiger Lillies are brilliant. Love their Shockheaded Peter album too, hilarious.

9 years ago

At last a round robin letter worth sending. Lovely stuff, Charles.

9 years ago

Gold. Thanks charles, nice to see the blog settling down again after all the thrills and spills…