Karl the Cassowary

Karl the Cassowary

Cassowary crossing the road at Mission Beach (Photo: Geoff Larson)

Paul Webster has released his new song, Karl the Cassowary, to highlight the plight of the endangered southern cassowary, in particular those that are wandering along roadsides.

Have a listen to Karl the Cassowary and look up other cassowary TV videos on You Tube. See the lyrics below.

 

Karl the Cassowary (lyrics)

I’ve no more time to wait for my redemption
So I popped my head up roadside to get all your attention
I’ve got three chicks and a track well worn
You may have seen me on Kuranda Range just around dawn

CHORUS
Big as a man blue, black & red
I got a great big horn in the middle of my head
My name’s Karl but friends all call me horny
It’s so scary being the last southern cassowary
If you don’t treat us fairly you won’t even see us rarely
Standing on the side of the road with my three little chicks in tow

I’m a single dad with three chickadees
Keystone species of the jungle I spread round all the seeds
I like figs and plums and candlenuts
When it comes to quandong I just can’t get enough

CHORUS

If you don’t want me to go the way of the Commodore
Why don’t you build me & the kids a wildlife corridor
Took most of my land with your big bulldozer
Now what’s the plan, simply run us all over?

It’s so scary being the last southern cassowary
If you don’t treat us fairly you won’t even see us rarely
Standing on the side of the road I got nowhere else to go
Standing on the side of the road. Well where’s a cassowary to go?