So a bit of information about the Gnu or Wildebeest first before we join in song!

Having done a few pop videos about animals, I am put to shame by the work of these two musical magicians and feel a bit of a Flanders and Swann revival coming on after yesterdays rendition of the hippopotamus song.


I’m a Gnu -Flanders and Swann (from at the drop of a hat)

I am having a little ‘travel back in time’ week, and am need of a bit of a laugh  right now. Things were going so well too……

Today we definitely need the lyrics too so we can sing along!


A year ago, last Thursday I was strolling in the zoo

When I met a man who though he knew the lot.

He was laying down the law about the habits of Baboons

And how many quills a porcupine has got.

So I asked him: ‘What’s that creature there?’He answered: ‘Oh, H’it’s a H’elk’. I might of gone on thinking that was true,

If the animal in question hadn’t put that chap to shame

And remarked: ‘I h’aint a H’elk. I’m a Gnu!’

‘I’m a Gnu, I’m a Gnu.The g-nicest work of g-nature in the zoo

I’m a Gnu, How do you do.You really ought to k-now w-ho’s w-ho’s

I’m a Gnu, Spelt G-N-U.I’m g-not a Camel or a Kangaroo

So let me introduce. I’m g-neither man nor moose. Oh g-no g-no g-no I’m a Gnu’

I had taken furnished lodgings down at Rustington-on-Sea

Whence I travelled on to Ashton-under-Lyne it was actually

And the second night I stayed there I was woken from a dream

That I’ll tell you all about some other time

Among the hunting trophies on the wall above my bed

Stuffed and mounted, was a face I thought I knew;

A Bison? No, it’s not a Bison. An Okapi? Unlikely, Really. A Hartebeest?

When I though I heard a voice: ‘I’m a Gnu!’

I’m a Gnu. A g-nother gnu. I wish I could g-nash my teeth at you!

I’m a Gnu, How do you do. You really ought to k-now w-ho’s w-ho.

I’m a Gnu Spelt G-N-U,Call me Bison or Okapi and I’ll sue

G-nor am I the least,Like that dreadful Hartebeest,

Oh, g-no, g-no, g-no, G-no g-no g-no I’m a Gnu G-no g-no g-no I’m a Gnu