The Ant and the Grasshopper
The ant and the grasshopper, everyone knows how the story goes,
How the ant was diligent, never spent
Anything lightly, he laboured wisely,
And gathered his store for tomorrow.

As for the grasshopper, glad of the summer sunshine,
Light as the wind on the broken water,
His song he gave to the summer days,
Singing where the dance leads I'll follow.

Then came a hard winter, nothing grew, and the cold winds blew,
But the ant was safe and sound, underground.
Carefully counting his pile around him,
Dividing his time until tomorrow.

As for the grasshopper, blown by the north wind's fury,
Hungering for the easy summer,
He comes to the ant and says, my brother, give me bread,
Now is the dance that I must follow.

Why did you waste the summer, summers don't last forever,
You're just an idle beggar, you must pay the price, sacrifice,
You would not heed me, you took life easy
Now take the punishment that follows.

Now see the grasshopper reel like a dry leaf falling,
Weaving a dance that will last forever,
Back goes the ant to his nest to work, to feed, to rest,
For him there will always be tomorrow.

The ant and the grasshopper, everyone knows how the story goes,
How the ant was diligent, never spent
Anything lightly, he laboured wisely,
And gathered his store for tomorrow.

As for the grasshopper, glad of the summer sunshine,
Light as the wind on the broken water,
His song he gave to the summer days,
Singing where the dance leads I'll follow.


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