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Capreol man sings his way through run on toilet paper
SUDBURY -- A Capreol man's 'cheeky' song about the last roll of toilet paper is gaining a lot of attention across North America.
Vale employee, Joel McLeish, decided to put pen to paper more than a week ago after his girlfriend and daughter couldn't find toilet paper anywhere.
"They both ran out of toilet paper at the same time and there was none to be found anywhere in the stores. I ended up having to lend some and I just ended up having the idea one Saturday morning, had a coffee and wrote it down put it on Facebook by about 9 or 10 am and within an hour there was 2,000 views of it," said McLeish.
In a little over a week online, his post has been viewed by thousands more than 17,000 times.
He's even been praised for "The Last TP" from as far away as Florida.
"Everyone's got nothing to do right now and it's a hot topic and you know it's just something everyone's interested in and I think it's pretty funny," said McLeish.
In a style that can only woefully be described as reminiscent of Johnny Cash, McLeish asks the online world if anyone can spare a square for him.
His lyrics talk about having to cancel burrito night, and at one point having to throw out his underwear.
"Me I know I'll be alright, I've got my garden hose, little messy but I smell like a rose," he croons.
The 42-year-old had just originally written the tune for family and friends, no one was more surprised about the reaction than him.
"It's been shared by friends and I'm getting a lot of reaction from Alaska, Texas, the UK, everyone's just having a laugh, and it's pretty light-hearted and not doing anyone any harm. We're not laughing at the situation, we're kind of laughing at myself and my situation here," said McLeish.
He had the entire song penned in about 20 minutes.
“Me and my son, I've been off on vacation for the last week, we've been writing songs and I just recorded another one yesterday that I wrote," he said.
"I like the line about the garden hose, I thought that was good - umm I really like the Johnny Cash vibe he went for," said his 14-year-old son Liam.
While the elder McLeish is happy no one has taken offence to the light-hearted, feel-good tune, he's hopeful people will also take something from it at the same time.
"Well really the last couple lines of the song are you know be civilized, we're not going to go into anarchy over this and let's just share the last TP - that's really what it's all about."