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The Composters' Anthem

With due deference to Yorkshire, this wonderful and traditional song might well serve as an anthem for composters everywhere:

ON ILKLEY MOOR BAHT 'AT

Wheear 'ast tha bin sin' ah saw thee, ah saw thee?

On Ilkla Mooar baht 'at

Wheear 'ast tha bin sin' ah saw thee, ah saw thee?

Wheear 'ast tha bin sin' ah saw thee?

On Ilkla Mooar baht 'at

On Ilkla Mooar baht 'at

On Ilkla Mooar baht 'at

(Then on the same pattern, continue with these verses:)

Tha's been a cooartin' Mary Jane

Tha's bahn' to catch thy deeath o' cowd

Then us'll ha' to bury thee

Then t'worms'll come an' eyt thee oop

Then t'ducks'll come an' eyt up t'worms

Then us'll go an' eyt up t'ducks

Then us'll all ha' etten thee

That's wheear we get us ooan back

You want to hear it?  You can find Lesley Garrett and the good people of Yorkshire giving a powerful rendering here, followed by - if you can bear it - Brian Blessed, giving a rap version.  There are also plenty of translations available on Google for those less familiar with the dialect.  

The perfect circle!  And yes, (after extensive research because it does not often seem to be mentioned*) worms do eat meat, but they need it to be well-rotted which usually means other creatures get their first.  And you wouldn't put meat in your wormery for fear of attracting pests and creating unpleasant smells.

 

*Worms seem to be referred to mostly as herbivores, but dig a bit deeper, and you will see them called omnivores and finally and probably most correctly detritivores (eating decaying animal and plant matter).  It seems to be the fungi and bacteria which they really love rather than the meat itself...

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