Of all the animals of prey, man is the only sociable one.
Every one of us preys upon his neighbour, and yet we herd together.
The Beggar's Opera: John Gay

Thursday, 17 July 2014

'The Harem Shuffle'

I can't lay claim to the title (though I wish I'd though of it first); it was an inspired comment at 'Underdogs Bite Upwards' which irresistibly led to the following...

(Image from Daily Mail)

(With apologies to Bob & Earl)

You move to the left,
Put Gove on the shelf.
You move to the right, 
Ken Clark’s out of sight.
Get those women; you know
They do well in the polls
Elections looming fast;
You can’t be last.

You'd sign up a monkey,
If it made you look cool;
With the old guard in limbo,
Your squad's good to go
So call all the papers
Tell them ‘look at me now!”
As you groove it right here
To the harem shuffle.

Update: (with thanks to Mark Wadsworth in comments) Or, if you prefer:


  1. Well, it's a genius post title, even though somebody else gets the credit.

    Followed by lengthy discussion whether we prefer the Stones cover or the Bob and Earl version.

  2. Glad to have provided conversational material, MW.

    I chose the Stones' version for reasons of a) familiarity and b) clarity but am happy to add a link to the original as an alternative to Jagger's priapic strutting.

  3. One of 'em looks better than Ken Clarke.


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