The Mock Turtle’s Song: A Bit Like Twitter Edu Chats?

“The Mock Turtle’s Song”, also known as the “Lobster Quadrille”, is a song and dance that the Mock Turtle recites in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. It reminds me of some Twitter Edu chats: great fun, but you have to keep up or your tweets get lost under stampeding eager lobsters and turtles. And then there’s always the lurkers, thanking the whiting kindly, but perhaps not joining the dance just yet. Anyway… Here’s the song… Will you, won’t you, be joining the educhat dances on Twitter this new academic year? 😎

“Will you walk a little faster?” said a whiting to a snail,

“There’s a porpoise close behind us, and he’s treading on my tail.
See how eagerly the lobsters and the turtles all advance!
They are waiting on the shingle – will you come and join the dance?
Will you, won’t you, will you, won’t you, will you join the dance?

Will you, won’t you, will you, won’t you, won’t you join the dance?
“You can really have no notion how delightful it will be

When they take us up and throw us, with the lobsters, out to sea!”
But the snail replied “Too far, too far!” and gave a look askance —
Said he thanked the whiting kindly, but he would not join the dance.
Would not, could not, would not, could not, would not join the dance.

Would not, could not, would not, could not, could not join the dance.
“What matters it how far we go?” his scaly friend replied.

“There is another shore, you know, upon the other side.
The further off from England the nearer is to France —
Then turn not pale, beloved snail, but come and join the dance.
Will you, won’t you, will you, won’t you, will you join the dance?

Will you, won’t you, will you, won’t you, won’t you join the dance?

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