veruca's song in the book lyrics . you could at least read it before you buy the copy of the book .

Veruca Salt the little brute

has just gone down the garbage chute

[and as we very rightly thought that in a case like this we ought to see the thing completely through we've polished off her parents too . ]

down goes Veruca down the drain

and here perhaps we should explain

that she will meet as she descends

a rather different set of friends

to those that she had left -

these won't be nearly so refined

a fish head for example cut

this morning from hailbut

hello good morning how d' you do ?

how nice to meet you how are you ?

and then a little futher down

a mass of others gather round

a bacon rind some rancid lard

a loaf of bread gone stale and hard

a steak that nobody could chew

an oyster from an oyster stew

some liverwurst so old and grey

one smelled it from a mile

a rotten nut a reeky pear

a thing the cat left on the stair

and lots of other things as well

each with a rather horrid smell .

these are Veruca's new found friends

that she will meet as she descends

and this is the price she has to pay

for going so very far astray

but now my dears we think you might

be wondering - is it really right

that every single bit of blame

and all that scolding and the shame

should fall upon Veruca Salt ?

is she the only one at fault ?

for though she's spoiled and dreadfully so

a girl can't spoil hereself you know

who spoiled her then ? ah who indeed ?

who pandered to her every need ?

who turned her into such a brat ?

who are the culprits ? who did that ?

alas you needn't look so far

to find out who who these sinners are .

they are [and this is very sad ]

her loving parents mum and dad

and that is why we're glad they fell

into the garbage chute as well .

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