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No. 25: SONG (Arac)
"This helmet, I suppose"


Arac.
This helmet, I suppose,
Was meant to ward off blows,
It's very hot
And weighs a lot,
As many a guardsman knows,
As many a guardsman knows,
As many a guardsman knows,
As many a guardsman knows,
So off, so off that helmet goes.
(Giving their helmets to attendants.)
Chorus.
Yes, yes, yes,
So off that helmet goes!

Arac.
This tight-fitting cuirass
Is but a useless mass,
It's made of steel,
And weighs a deal,
This tight-fitting cuirass
Is but a useless mass,
A man is but an ass
Who fights in a cuirass,
So off, so off goes that cuirass.
(Removing cuirasses.)
Chorus.
Yes, yes, yes,
So off goes that cuirass!
Richard Walker, Darell Fancourt & Radley Flynn as Guron, Arac & Scynthius, 1930s
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Richard Temple, Warwick Gray & William Lugg in the original production, 1884
Arac.
These brassets, truth to tell,
May look uncommon well,
But in a fight
They're much too tight,
They're like a lobster shell,
They're like a lobster shell!
(Removing their brassets)
Chorus.
Yes, yes, yes,
They're like a lobster shell.
Arac.
These things I treat the same
(Indicating leg pieces.)
(I quite forget their name.)
They turn one's legs
To cribbage pegs —
Their aid I thus disclaim,
Their aid I thus disclaim,
Though I forget their name,
Though I forget their name,
Their aid, their aid I thus disclaim!
All.
Yes, yes, yes,
Their aid I thus disclaim!

They remove their leg pieces and wear close-fitting shape suits.

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