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Red Hot Chili Peppers

Yertle the Turtle


On a far away island

of Salamasond

Yertle the turtle

Was king of the pond

A nice little pond

It was clean it was neat

The water was warm

There was plenty to eat

Until one day

The king of them all

Decided the kingdom

He ruled was too small

I'm a ruler of all that I see

But I don't see enough

And that's the trouble with me


With this stone for a throne

I am too low down

I cannot look down

Upon the places beyond

So Yertle the turtle king

Lifted his hand

And Yertle the turtle king

Lifted his hand

He ordered all the turtles

Onto one another's back

He piled them high

Into a ten turtle stack

I'm Yertle the turtle

The things I now rule

I'm king of a cow

I'm king of a mule


Then down from below

In the great turtle stack

Came a burp from a plain

Little turtle named Mack

Just part of the throne

This burpin' little turtle

Looked up and said "I beg

Your pardon king Yertle"

I've pains in my back

My shoulders and my knees

How long must we stand

Here your majesty

"Silence !" the king of the

Turtles barked back

To the bad burpin'

Little turtle named Mack

I'm Yertle the turtle

Oh marvelous me for

I am ruler of all that I see


Yertle, Yertle the turtle...

Yertle, Yertle the turtle...



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