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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 8, Issue 4 (August 1, 1933)

The King of the Dearth

The King of the Dearth.

But the great out-of-doors is an effective antidote for slumptiousness, because old Joshua Slump hates the open spaces as an oyster hates vinegar. There is no doubt that, like Monday morning and toothache, he exists; so does measles, but we don't paint spots on our chest just to keep us reminded of the fact. Lest Joshua Slump become King of the Dearth and Monarch of all he Dismays let us put a hoodoo on his “how do” with a little community sing.

Clump, clump, clump,
Here comes Slump,
Old Man Joshua,
Don't let him boss yer,
Pull up your socks and give him the bump—
That's how to deal with Old Man Slump.
Clump, clump, clump,
Joshua Slump,
Glum and gloomy,
Wry and rheumy,
Give him the gate or he'll give you the “hump,”
Drivelling, snivelling Joshua Slump.
Bump, bump, bump,
That's old Slump
Taking the stairs
End up, in pairs,
For we've all had enough of Joshua Slump,
And we've given him the bump, bump, bumpetty bump.

The more recognition Slump gets the more wreck-ignition he wreaks, so let's dump Slump and look to the big things ahead.

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