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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