The Man Who Revolutionised Custard

by @jtsteam

Liner Notes

This week's theme on the Ukulele Underground Forums is "Second City Songs", about Birmingham, UK. I discovered in my research on this topic that Alfred Bird, of Bird's Custard fame, invented a way of thickening custard without using eggs, so that his wife (who was allergic to eggs) could eat it, and decided this great achievement should be honoured.

Also, his Wikipedia article (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_Bird) includes the phrase "Bird was not content to revolutionise custard" and that just set me off... #ukulele #folk #fuc

Lyrics

A Fellow of the Chemists Society
And an expert in meteorology
His contraptions and creations
Surpassed all expectations

He showed by experiment how the wind blows
Invented an instrument, the musical bowls
And to keep him safe when he retired,
A nightlight that didn't catch fire

But for all the ways he innovated
One's forever celebrated

A respected inventor, or so I've heard
He became the King of Dessert
For the people of Birmingham, Alfred Bird
Was the man who revolutionised custard

You see his wife was allergic to eggs and yeast,
So when their friends came round to eat
She could not enjoy the pudding
So Alfred started looking

For a way to make the custard thick
That wouldn't leave his dear wife sick
Then found ingredients to bake
That let her eat cake

So for all the ways he innovated
One's forever celebrated

A respected inventor, or so I've heard
He became the King of Dessert
For the people of Birmingham, Alfred Bird
Was the man who revolutionised custard



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@janeg

What a fun science and history lesson! i have some of his custard powder.

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@yam655

Entertaining and informative! A delight! 🍮

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Lord Reith's maxim for the BBC as the Director General was to "inform, educate and entertain" and this ticks all those boxes perfectly...it certainly cuts the mustard in explaining custard!

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Yes. I also am fond of custard. Cheers to Alfred Bird. Very nice tale sung well.

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Love this! I am a huge custard fan, so I bow to Mr Bird and to you for having put this tale to music.