When the scandal broke, a tight-lipped Sooty
Baseball-cap pulled down across his face
Read the papers, speeding from the courtroom
Tabloid hacks on motorbikes gave chase
Current pictures of the pale puppet
Contrast badly with an early one:
Happier days with drumkit by the seaside.
"What Is Wrong With Sooty?" screams The Sun.
Panda Sue: "We all just felt so powerless
Watching him descend the slippery slope
No one knew the pressure he was under
And I guess he found it hard to cope."
In a private clinic near Roehampton
Sweep toyed with his salad and confessed:
"Me an' Soot? We went for it, yeah. Big-style.
But it's what you do when you're the best.
Don't think we're the only ones to go there.
Teletubbies. They won't last the pace.
Check out Tinky Winky on a bad day.
There's a boy who isn't on the case."
Sooty: "Everyone's been so supportive.
All the cast have sent me cards and stuff
Since the story broke on Monday morning
That was when the gig got really rough.
Hopefully the worst of it's behind me
Now that Geri's brought me here to France
And of course, George Michael lent his chateau
Thanks to them, I've got this second chance.
That's the danger when you're in this business
Some of us burn out before we peak
Look at Sweep, he never got his voice back
Over 40 years he's had that squeak
Not something you talk about in public
Basically, you fear what fans will think
People's hands inside you each performance
That's the one that sends you to the brink."