ANIMAL FARM BY GEORGE ORWELL

Hello children. It is time for sing-along with [P]! Let me just strap on my guitar here. Just a moment. Ok. Can someone count me in? No. Right, and 1-2-1-2-3-4…

Old man Orwell had a farm

ee-i-ee-i-o

And on that farm he had some…?

Pigs!

ee-i-ee-i-o

And they represent famous Russian socialists, leaders, and revolutionaries

ee-i-ee-i-o

With a Stalin here, and Trotsky there, here a Marx, there a Marx,

Everywhere a bit of Marx

Old man Orwell had a farm

ee-i-ee-i-o

Old man Orwell had a farm

ee-i-ee-i-o

And on that farm he had a…?

Horse!

ee-i-ee-i-o

And he symbolises the low intelligence working man

ee-i-ee-i-o

Oh he must work hard, even though he’s tired; here some work, there some work,

Until he *sniff* drops down dead

Old man Orwell had a farm

ee-i-ee-i-o

Old man Orwell had a farm

ee-i-ee-i-o

And on that farm he had some…?

Dogs!

ee-i-ee-i-o

And they act as a fierce military-police presence

ee-i-ee-i-o

Trained by a pig, to serve the cause; enforce here, enforce there.

Get out of line and they’ll eat your face

Old man Orwell had a farm

ee-i-ee-i-o

Old man Orwell had a farm

ee-i-ee-i-o

And on and around that farm there were some…?

Humans

ee-i-ee-i-o

And I’m pretty sure one is the Tsar, another might be Hitler

ee-i-ee-i-o

With a coup here, an alliance there; I can’t remember the rest

Because I read this years ago as an impressionable teenager

And I thought it was brilliant and moving then,

But now it strikes me as heavy-handed…

Old man Orwell had a farm

EE-I-EE-I-OOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

Phew. Ok. Wasn’t that fun? Any questions? Boy at the back! Yes, yes I am aware that this is A-level Physics. What? No, this won’t be on the exam. So, anyway, who wants to hear Itsy Bitsy Old & Beardy Aleksander Solzhenitsyn?

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