Monthly Archives: September 2014

Hey Jude – Blood Pressure No. 8

Hey Jude, don’t take it bad
That caucus can’t be much wetter
Remember that payback gladdens your heart
Then you can start to make it better

Hey Jude, don’t be afraid
You can still use that old Beretta
Nek minnit you’re doing all of them in
Then you begin to make it better

And anytime you feel the pain, hey Jude, retain
The means to shred all of your folders
For well you know that it’s a fool who keeps them all
Feeley and SFO will weigh upon your shoulders
Nah nah nah nah nah nah nah nah nah

Hey Jude, you’re going down
You should write Cam a real short letter
And tell him you’re gonna tear him apart
Then you can start to make it better

So now you’re out and cannot win, hey Jude, begin
You’re wanting someone to align with
And don’t you know Winnie won’t do, hey Jude, there is a queue
To cut your head off from your shoulders

Hey Jude, don’t take it bad
You’re just like Di but only better
Remember ambition isn’t a sin
Then you’ll begin to make it
Better better better better  better better



Elegy For A Poor Boy

In his cups, he had noted that many years ago, he once knew what it is to be poor
But that now, he knows only what it means to be poor
The intervening decades having evidenced the probity of Uncle Karl’s dictum That
Only The Working Class May Move Freely Through The Class System

His early experience had rather shown the opposite to be the case
His family, his neighbours, his street, his teachers, his school, his friends
And the Anglo-Catholic Church personified by Father O’Byrne all telling him
He should be happy in his lot – with new, improved Serf

But he studied hard and learned how to be patronised by lessers with more
Became something in the City without ever becoming someone else in the City
A man about town doing business with men from Tudor facades out of town
Liked to call him a man abeout teown and let him hear the great divide

He fell under the influence of socialists. Not the flat hat and wire glasses sort
But the sort with Orwell paperbacks and a light burning permanently in the eye
The sort who went on marches and delivered pamphlets late at night
Wanted to own the means of production and distribution
(They even wanted to democratise the armed forces!)

Barry – gentle, brutal Barry – revealed to him the mysteries of the Class System
Being both as poor as a church mouse and middle class is not a contradiction
Class is not necessarily linked to wealth and possessions, he pronounced
If you trail the English bourgeois, you’ll soon learn how to get the best for less

So he took the lesson. Or rather, the bits that suited. And moved on
Mostly because Joe Stalin was not a Good Companion and JB Priestly was
He came to believe that any revolution should be the product of need, not guilt
History is a raging inferno that has many poor boys pissing on it






The Shadow Of Your Smile

Blatting along State Highway One with the window down
And Sympathy for the Devil loud enough to slow down the oncoming traffic
My sunnies impertinently reflecting the world back at itself
My pouty lips forming a post-irony smile
This is my favourite pose  À la recherche du temps perdu

But I’m old enough to know better, old enough to know better
Which makes it all the more fun and frees up the space for
The post-irony smile. Pouting with Proust and Mick
As the Accord, d’accord, behaves its way down the highway
Searching everywhere yeah yeah yeah searching everywhere

The left arm feels better, looks better if the window is all the way down though
Looks damn silly with the window halfway down
Looks like I’m trying to get out and the post-irony will be lost
On the ambulance crew, the cops and the rubberneckers
He was a day tripper, one way ticket yeah

It took me so long to find out, I found out
That I have to hold the pose long enough
For the world to see who I am
My pouty lips forming a post-irony smile
This is my favourite pose À la recherche du temps perdu