Showers over Windermere from Holbeck Lane near Troutbeck.

A Salute to Captain Tom

February 3, 2021

The National Health Service Thanks Captain Tom
— with appreciation to David Bowie

NHS to Captain Tom
NHS to Captain Tom
Take your protein and put your blue blazer on
Commencing countdown to Garden marathon
Wear your medals and may God’s love be with you

This is NHS to Captain Tom
100 laps before your 100th birthday if you can
Keep calm and carry on
And the papers want to know the regimental tie you wear
Now it’s time to start your walking we know you care

This is Captain Tom to NHS
I’m stepping with my walker through my laps
And I’m floating in a most peculiar way
I know tomorrow will be a good day

For all around the world
Planet Earth is in a Covid bind
And there is something each of us can do

Though I’m almost past one hundred years
I’m feeling very well
And I think my country knows which way to go
One small soul can make a difference don’t you know

NHS to Captain Tom
Your garden odyssey raised over forty million pounds
The nation’s hearts go out to you
You’ve cheered us, we feel blessed
The Queen will knight you for your quest

NHS to Sir Captain Tom
NHS to Sir Captain Tom
A bout of pneumonia has got you down
Can you hear us, Sir Captain Tom?
Can you hear us, Sir Captain Tom?
Can you hear us, Sir Captain Tom?
Can you

Here we’re inspired by knowing you
Far above the moon your spirit shining through
Planet Earth blue, missing you
And there’s something each of us must do

Robin Dyke


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