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J IS FOR JURASSIC

THE JURASSIC JIVE

words and music by John Hinton

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I’d like to take you back two hundred million years ago
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Some super-scary reptiles are about to put on quite a show
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Throughout the Triassic
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They were waiting in the wings
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But now in the Jurassic
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They’re gonna be kings
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They’re the fiercest-looking coolest-jiving lizards that you ever did know
 
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They’ve arrived
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They’re gonna thrive
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And in order to survive
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They’re doing the Jurassic Jive

There are so many jivers about but first let’s bring our focus
To the giant of the bunch: it’s the one they call the diplodocus.
These plant-eaters
Grow to over thirty metres,
With a tail whose tip
Might function as a whip,
So let’s not hang about anywhere within its locus.

Look up into the sky and you’ll spot the Archaeopteryx
Swoopin’ and divin’ and showing off its aerial tricks
A fact that’s widely know by every dinosaur nerd
Is that this may have been the world’s very first bird
And if you ain’t got no jivin’ partner, that’s something the Archaeopteryx can fix

I’d like to introduce you to some friends they call stegosaurus.
They say, “Check out our armoured backbones, we’re so spiky that it’s hard to ignore us.
But why d’ya think we have so many plates on our back?
Is it to regulate our heat? Or to protect us from attack?
Or does their colour change to help us to send signals to the pack?
Are they just for show, or is it sexual partners they attract?
Or are they simply there to help us jive to this song’s next chorus?”

They’ve arrived
They’re gonna thrive
And in order to survive
They’re doing the Jurassic Jive

I know you’ve all been hoping to meet Tyrannosaurus rex
But he did not appear until the Cretaceous, which came next.

©2017 John Hinton

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