Charlie the Elephant

My father sang this song to me when I was a child.
I can’t find the lyrics on the web, but, they are, as best as I can remember them:
Charlie the elephant –
He’s so big and strong.
Charlie the elephant –
He can do no wrong.
Charlie the elephant
Eats three meals a day:
Tons and tons of currant buns,
And loads and loads of hay.
Charlie the elephant
Would make a wonderful pet.
But please be kind to Charlie,
Because elephants never forget.
Here is an audio file of me singing the song:

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