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The Terrier Song

Folk song from the Melbreak Hunt in England
by DP Todd Kendall
Tune "Laal Melbreak"

Now there's many a song about hunting
Packs and huntsmen are honored by name
But there isn't a song about terriers
Which in Lakeland have gained lasting fame.

Chorus:
So always remember your terriers
Protect them from wet and from cold,
For the love of a tyke for his master
Can never be measured in gold.

Whether it's Fury or Trixie or Nellie,
Or Rock, Jock or Turk it's the same,
One quality you'll find among them,
And dalesfolk call it "dead game".
And whether he's rough or smooth coated,
He'll tackle badger, otter, or fox
Run a drain or creep into a soil-hole
Or squeeze through a grike in the rocks.

Chorus:
So always remember your terriers
Protect them from wet and from cold,
For the love of a tyke for his master
Can never be measured in gold.

He'll yield not one inch though they maul him,
He'll fight to the death on his own,
Though sometime he'll be imprisoned
By a rush-in of soil or stone.
And then the brave lads of the valleys
To save him will toil day and night
And join in a Hallo of triumph
As he blinks back to God's blessed light.

Chorus:
So always remember your terriers
Protect them from wet and from cold,
For the love of a tyke for his master
Can never be measured in gold.

Now at Cruft's famous show down in London,
They have Lakelands that aren't worth the name.
If you showed 'em a fox or an otter
They'd fly for their lives without shame.
They're not built to creep or do battle,
but to sit on a chair in a house,
And they do say that one recent champion
Was chased down the road by a mouse!

Chorus:
So always remember your terriers
Protect them from wet and from cold,
For the love of a tyke for his master
Can never be measured in gold.

So here's to our gallant laal workers.
Not beauties, perhaps, but they'll do
With gameness they've also affection
And make you a pal good and true.
And when your terrier, in old age, is dying,
A lick on the hand will console you.
For a truer friend man never had.

Chorus:
So always remember your terriers
Protect them from wet and from cold,
For the love of a tyke for his master
Can never be measured in gold.

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