The extraordinary rap version of Wordsworth - performed by a squirrel

The extraordinary rap version of Wordsworth - performed by a squirrel

10th April 2007

A rapping squirrel has been enlisted to make William Wordsworth's most famous poem exciting to teenagers. Cumbria tourist chiefs, who have released the extraordinary version of I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud, also hope it will bring tourists to the area.

It marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of the poem Daffodils.

The new Daffodils rap will be accompanied by a pop video

The version, which includes some variation on Wordsworth's original words, is accompanied by a pop video shot on the banks of Lake Ullswater. It was while he was passing Ullswater on a stormy day that Wordsworth saw a "host of golden daffodils" which inspired the work.

A Cumbria Tourism spokesman said: "Wordsworth's Daffodils poem has remained unchanged for 200 years and to keep it alive for another two centuries we wanted to engage the YouTube generation who want modern music and amusing video footage on the web.

"Hopefully this will give them a reason to connect with a poem published in 1807 as well as with the works of Wordsworth and the stunning landscape of the Lake District."

David Wilson, of the Wordsworth Trust, said: "Two hundred years after it was published, the poem is still reaching new audiences and inspiring people.

England's Lake District was William Wordsworth's favourite place in the world

"Part of our work is demonstrating how Wordsworth's poetry is relevant today and encouraging young people to enrich their lives by exploring his poetry in their own ways."

Read the new rap version of Wordsworth's "I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud"

I wandered lonely along as if I was a cloud
That floats on high over vales and hills
When all at once I looked down and saw a crowd
And in my path there was a host of golden
daffodils so check it
The kind of sight that puts your mind at ease
I saw beside the lake and beneath the tress
And they moved me
Like they were based on the keys
They were fluttering and dancing inside the breeze and seemed infinite
Just like the stars that shine up in the belt of
Orion across to the Milky Way
They stretched along the coast in a never ending line
All across the water marching across the golden silky bay

Must have been 10,000 I saw in my retina
No more than a glance then I register they’re beautiful etcetera
I never knew in advance but they were tossing up their heads like a pogo dance


In a contrast to the plants, there were waves beside them
The way they crashed and sparkled added to the marvel
And the writer couldn’t help but feeling bright like sunbeam cos the flowers and the waves they were quite

Someting yeah Across the spot… just lost the plot…. just
watched and watched all the yellow and green
And at the time I didn’t need to pay them no mine but when I think back to the day it was a hell of a scene

So often when I’m on my couch just sitting
In a vacant mood or idle position
With nothing to do my face screwed - time ticking I gotta rewind to my vision I get a flashback
In my minds eye
Feel the bliss of solitude from the hindsight
My heart fills up until the pleasure has spilled yeah
I’m taking back to dancing with the daffodils… daffodils…. daffodils….
Last edited by Blackleaf; Apr 10th, 2007 at 12:16 PM..
Oh Boy...........
lol i remember a Uk commercial which involved a rap version of this poem. It was actually rather good, nicely done. Maybe that was the inspiration. the squirrel was too far IMO

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