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Honouring New Zealand’s celebrated mountaineer and hero who was the first to climb Mt Everest in 1953, this ballad takes a lighthearted but respectful look at his achievements. The song was updated with the addition of this posthumous verse by New Zealand folklorist John Archer in January 2008.
Sir Ed so loved the Sherpa folk
that for twenty years he toiled
To build them schools
On their steep mountain soil.
In every shrine an image hangs
With Ed displayed upon it.
It's not thought odd
That he's a god
In a flower-draped silken bonnet!
Arranged by Dorothea Franchi
Text by Willow Macky