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The Walrus and the Carpenter
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Feature films Alice in Wonderland
Short films
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Walrus and the Carpenter

"The Walrus and the Carpenter" is a song from Alice in Wonderland, sung and narrated by Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum. It was originally a poem by Lewis Carroll.


Tweedle Dum:
The sun was shining on the sea
Shining with all his might

Tweedle Dee:
He did his very best to make
The billows smooth and bright

Tweedle Dum:
And this was odd because it was

The middle of the night

Tweedle Dee:
The Walrus and the Carpenter
Were walking close at hand

Tweedle Dum:
The beach was wide
From side to side
But much too full of sand

Mr. Walrus!

Tweedle Dee:
Said the Carpenter

My brain begins to perk
We'll sweep this clear
In 'alf a year
If you don't mind the work

Walrus: Work?!?

The time has come...

Tweedle Dee:
The Walrus said

To talk of other things
Of shoes and ships and sealing wax
Of cabbages and kings
And why the sea is boiling hot
And whether pigs have wings
No work today!
We're cabbages and kings

Oh, uh, Oysters, come and walk with us
The day is warm and bright
A pleasant walk
A pleasant talk
Would be a sheer delight

Yes, should we get hungry on the way
We'll stop and, uh, have a bite

Walrus: Ahem!

Tweedle Dum:
But Mother Oyster winked her eye
And shook her heavy head
She knew too well this was no time
To leave her Oyster bed

Mother Oyster:
The sea is nice,
Take my advice
And stay right here

Tweedle Dee:
Mum said

Walrus: Yes, yes, of course, of course, but, uh, ha, ha!

The time has come, my little friends
To talk of other things
Of shoes and ships and sealing wax
Cabbages and kings
And why the sea is boiling hot
And whether pigs have wings, ha ha
Come, run away
With cabbages and kings!

Well, now, uh, let me see... Ah!

A loaf of bread is what we chiefly need!

Listen, how 'bout some pepper and salt and vinegar, eh?

Well, yes, yes, splendid idea, ha ha!
Very good, indeed
Now, if you're ready, Oysters, dear
We can begin the feed

Oysters: Feed?!?

Walrus: Oh, yes...

The time has come, my little friends
To talk of food and things

Of peppercorns and mustard seeds
And other seasonings!
We'll mix 'em all together
In a sauce that's fit for kings
We'll eat today
Like cabbages and kings!

Walrus: I, uh...

I, I weep for you. I (hic), oh, excuse me
I deeply sympathize
For I've enjoyed your company,
Oh, much more Than you realize

Little Oysters? Little Oysters?

Tweedle Dee:
But answer, there came none

Tweedle Dum:
And this was scarcely odd because

They'd been eaten
Every one!

Walrus: Hm... Well, uh... Ha, ha. Ha, ha. Ha, ha. Ahem, uh... The time has come!

Tweedle Dee and Dum:
With cabbages and kings!
The End!

Demo Version

O Oysters, come and walk with us Most humbly did beseech.

"A pleasant walk, a pleasant talk,
Along the briny beach.

O joy, o bliss, o jolly day! We're going to have a holiday!

We cannot do with more than four To give a hand to each.

O joy, o bliss, o jolly day! We're going to have a holiday!

The eldest Oyster looked at him,
But never a word she said:
The eldest Oyster winked her eye,
And shook her heavy head--
Which meant to say she did not choose
To leave the oyster-bed.

But four young Oysters then hurried up,
eager for the treat

Our coats are brushed, our faces are washed Our shoes are clean and neat

And this was odd, because, you know

We haven't any feet! Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha We haven't any feet!

Four other Oysters followed them,
And yet another four;
And thick and fast they came at last,
And more, and more, and more--
All hopping through the frothy waves,
And scrambling to the shore.
The Walrus and the Carpenter
Walked on a mile or so,
And then they rested on a rock
Conveniently low:
And all the little Oysters stood
And waited in a row.
Oh wait a bit, please wait a bit,

Before we have our chat; For some of us are out of breath,

And all of us are fat!
No hurry!

...said the Carpenter.

They thanked him much for that.

Oh thank you, thank you, thank you Thanks, kind sir, for that!

The time has come, the time has come,
To talk of many things:
Of shoe and ships and sealing-wax
Of cabbages and kings
And why the sea is boiling hot--
And whether pigs have wings!

The time has come, the time has come,

To talk of many things:
Of shoe and ships and sealing-wax
Of cabbages and kings
And why the sea is boiling hot
And whether pigs have wings!

The time has come, the time has come, to talk of many things!

"A loaf of bread," the Walrus said,
"Is what we chiefly need:
Salt and vinegar besides
Are very good indeed
An oyster fork, tabasco sauce
And we'll  begin to feed."

But not on us!
the Oysters cried,
Turning a little blue.
"After such kindness, that would be
A dismal thing to do!"
The night is fine.." the Walrus said.
"Do you admire the view?
"It was so kind of you to come!
And you are very nice!"
The Carpenter said nothing but
Cut us another slice:
I wish you were not quite so deaf--
I've had to ask you twice!

It seems a shame, indeed a shame
To play them such a trick
After we've brought them out so far
And made them trot so quick
The Carpenter said nothing but
"The butter's spread too thick!

I weep for you, I weep for you
I deeply sympathize.
With sobs and tears he sorted out
Those of the largest size,
Holding his pocket-handkerchief
Before his streaming eyes.


O Oysters, little oyster friends,
You've had a pleasant run!
Shall we be trotting home again?

But answer came there none... And this was scarcely odd, because... Yes,this was scarcely odd, because... That greedy, greedy Walrus Had eaten every one!

v - e - d

Films: Alice in Wonderland | Video | Remake | Through the Looking Glass
TV Series: Adventures in Wonderland | Bonkers | House of Mouse | Once Upon a Time | Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
Shorts and Specials: A Lesson in Appreciating Differences | Donald in Mathmagic Land | Reading Magic with Figment and Alice in Wonderland | One Hour in Wonderland | Operation Wonderland
Books: Book for Colors | Alice Favorites | It's About Time! | Little Golden Book | Disney Read-Along | Classic Storybook | Big Golden Book | Disney's Wonderful World of Reading | Paper Doll | Paper Dolls | Finds the Garden of Live Flowers | Alice in the White Rabbit's House | Meets the White Rabbit | Alice's Tea Party | Alice's Wonderland Adventure | Mad Hatter's Tea Party | Grin and Play | Down the Rabbit Hole | Alice Meets the White Rabbit | Disney Classics Little Golden Book Library | Wonderland
Music: Alice and the Mad Tea Party | Alice and the Trial | Alice and the White Rabbit | All the Songs from Walt Disney's Alice in Wonderland | Little Nipper Giant Storybook Record Album

Disney Parks

The Mad Tea Party | Alice in Wonderland | Alice's Curious Labyrinth | Alice in Wonderland Maze | Cheshire Cafe | Queen of Hearts Banquet Hall | March Hare Refreshments | Mad Hatter

Video Games

Kingdom Hearts series: Kingdom Hearts | Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories | Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days | Kingdom Hearts coded
Other: 2000 game | Alice no Paint Adventure | Disney INFINITY | Disney INFINITY: 2.0 Edition | 2010 game | Kinect Disneyland Adventures | Hidden Worlds | Disney Magical World | Disney Universe | Disney's Villains' Revenge


Original: Alice | Dinah | Alice's sister | Mad Hatter | March Hare | Dormouse | White Rabbit | Cheshire Cat | The Doorknob | Dodo | Caucus Race Animals | Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum | The Walrus and the Carpenter | Curious Oysters | Bill the Lizard | Bread-And-Butterflies | Rose and the Flowers | Rocking-horsefly | Caterpillar | Mother Bird | Tulgey Wood Animals | Birdcage Bird | Hammer and Pencil Birds | Mome Raths | Card Soldiers | Queen of Hearts | King of Hearts | Flamingos | Hedgehogs | The Jury | Dog and Cat Caterpillars
Remake: Alice Kingsleigh | Margaret Kingsleigh | Lady Ascot | Lord Ascot | Hamish Ascot | The Chataway Girls | Fiona Chataway | Faith Chataway | Nivins McTwisp | Tarrant Hightopp | Thackery Earwicket | Mally | Ansolem | The Tweedle Boys | Chessur | Uilleam | Bielle | Bayard | Frog Servants | Tall Flowers | The Red Queen | The White Queen | Knave of Hearts | Monkey Servants | Bandersnatch | The Jub Jub Bird | Jabberwocky | Armoured Cards | Armoured Chess Pieces | Time
Other: Mary Ann | Humpty Dumpty


Drink Me Bottle | Eat Me Cookies | White Rabbit's Watch | Mad Hatter's hat | Oraculum

Deleted Concepts and Characters

Jabberwocky | Anthropomorphic "Drink Me" Bottle | The Puppy | The Gryphon and the Mock Turtle | 1933 film | 1939 film


Original: Wonderland | Rabbit Hole | The Exterior | White Rabbit's House | Shoreline | The Meadow of Living Flowers | The Mushroom | The Mad Hatter's House | Wonderland Maze | Tulgey Wood | England | London
Remake: Underland | The Red Queen's Castle


Original: Alice in Wonderland | I'm Late | In a World of My Own | Sailor's Hornpipe | The Caucus Race/Reprise | How Do You Do and Shake Hands | The Walrus and the Carpenter | Old Father William | All in the Golden Afternoon | The Unbirthday Song | Very Good Advice | Painting the Roses Red | Dodgsonland | Ocean of Tears | Simon Says | Whooooo Are Youuuuu?
Remake: Alice's theme
Deleted: Beyond the Laughing Sky | Beautiful Soup | Beware the Jabberwock | I'm Odd

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