Kath Tait

Shrunken Sisters

in Music/Poetry/Spotlight

from ‘An Odd Number of Songs’ (2019)

The 214 is a wonky bus

The journey can be arduous

From Highgate Hill it rumbles down

Through Royal Oak and Kentish Town

The driver stops at Plender Street

To board the customary queue

The passengers will have to move

To seat three shrunken sisters

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Just three shrunken sisters

With greying hair and whiskers

They walk like frail snails

We all hail the pale, frail snails

When three old girls are safely stowed

The bus continues down the road

And stops at Royal College Street

To unload three shrunken sisters

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The 214 it creaks and groans

With the arguments and the mobile phones

And the shopping trolleys in the aisles

It rumbles on for miles and miles

And when it gets to Plender Street

To board the antiquary queue

The passengers will have to move

To seat two shrunken sisters

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Just two shrunken sisters

Weighed down with bags of biscuits

They look like wise old owls

One smiles and the other scowls

When two old girls are safely stowed

The bus continues down the road

And stops at Royal College Street

To unload two shrunken sisters

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The 214 it shivers down

Through a cold and wintry Camden town

The windows are jammed open

And the heating system’s broken

The driver stops at Plender Street

To board the solitary queue

The passengers will have to move

To seat one shrunken sister

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Just one shrunken sister

The grim reaper must have missed her

Perhaps he didn’t like to kiss her

Crispy, frozen whiskers

When one old girl is safely stowed

The bus continues down the road

And stops at Royal College Street

To unload one shrunken sister

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Now summer’s come to Camden town

The trees are blooming all around

The 214 is boiling hot

With the heaters on and the windows locked

It’s been a while since we took that ride

Since the last of the shrunken sisters died

The bus pulls up at Plender Street

And right before our eyes

Are three shrunken sisters

At the bus stop waiting

‘Yes we’re still alive’ they say

‘We’ve just been hibernating’

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Bio: Kath Tait is a singer songwriter from New Zealand, living in London. She writes about her life as a carer, a hippy, an itinerant bard and a wholefood freak. Described as ‘wonkey and eccentric’ she is an emphathetic and intelligent lyricist. Her new songbook, ‘An Odd Number of Songs’ comprising both lyrics and chords is available from her bandcamp site.

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