Ode to Can I have a free ticket please?

Regular readers of Dr Mumbo may recall that last year marketing graduate Daniel Kerr blagged a free ticket to Mumbrella360 through the device of delivering a large slab of chocolate brownie.

This year, the philanthropical golden ticket to Mumbrellaa360 goes to this effort, which arrived in his in-box today, somewhat topically inspired by CommBank’s Ode To Can:

There’s a four letter word as offensive as any

It holds back a few, puts a stop to the many

You can’t climb that mountain. You can’t cross the sea

You can’t become anything you want to be

You can’t hit a century. They can’t find a cure

She can’t think about leaving or searching for more

Because can’t is a word with a habit of stopping the ebb and flow of ideas

It keeps dropping itself where we know in our hearts its not needed,

And saying don’t go when we could have succeeded

But those four little letters that end with a T,

They can change in an instant when shortened to three

We can take off the T

We can do it today

But if I change the A to a U

I will have to find my own way

We can build. We can run. We can follow the sun

We can push. We can pull. We can say I’m someone

Who refuses to believe life can’t be better,

With the removal of one insignificant letter

You CAN have a golden ticket to Mumbrella

As long as you remember: mate, you owe me

(And please when you’re there don’t drink all the tea)

Dr Mumbo’s golden ticket is now gone.


  1. Can-can
    31 May 12
    6:20 pm

  2. She wore a tall dress and long petticoat,
    over the stage her figure would float.
    Strutting, swaying, stylish and loud,
    with her first high kick there were cheers from the crowd.

    With a ‘t’ would be hopeless,
    break dancing without lino?
    It wouldn’t make sense,
    like a bar without vino?

    Can-can, yes yes, oh for sure, lets do it,
    would be replaced by fck it and screw it.
    There is a positive from “can’t-can’t”,
    double “can’t” means “can”, ending this merry rant…

  3. George Michaelson
    5 Jun 12
    12:44 pm

  4. Always found the way some Japanese pronounce QANTAS particularly endearing in this context of the A/U shift..
    I hope somebody in the paste-up graffiti community comes up with some good addenda to overlay on the CANT signs..