slash the drum-skin, smash the sticks
toy tin soldier march far too quick;
clockwork spring-coil run right down;
hurrah – now call out those crazy clowns!
let the spring slack, dispense turn-key
jack-in-box aptly acts out me –
refuse command of circus master,
wary angels save grave disaster.
he take on tiger, and elephant too
silly soldier boy just hasn’t clue;
audience demand, show goes on
– sand or stone, which built upon?
duty done, now out of commission,
cardboard box best type of prison:
– up to attic, long time to come –
soldier, listen to different drum…