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The Million-pound-semi-detached

Havent we come a long way
From newly-weds in our bed-sitter flat?
We skimped and scraped every penny
For a down payment on our semi-detached.
New towns for all the young hopefuls,
A garden suburb with mortgage attached,
Oh, look at us now, sale all agreed, now its time to exchange the contracts
With the people who sold us a million-pound semi.
Straight out of national service,
Demob suits and short back and sides,
And saw the bomb sites turned air-raid shelters,
Where their families lived all of their lives.
Then the nation built them a utopia,
With pebbledash on the outside, oh,
Look at them now, theyve come a long way, they are affluent and bursting with pride.
Soon well be sitting inside that million-pound semi-detached,
Detached, in our million-pound semi-detached.
Looking back at the past of this million-pound semi.
Two up two down, a back garden, that was the dream,
Two kids, a cat and a dog, that was the scheme.

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The Million-Pound-Semi-Detached (Demo Recording)

Haven't we come a long way
From newly-weds in our bed-sitter flat?
We skimped and scraped every penny
For a down payment on our semi-detached.
New towns for all the young hopefuls,
A garden suburb with mortgage attached,
Oh, look at us now, sale all agreed, now it's time to exchange the contracts
With the people who sold us a million-pound semi.
Straight out of national service,
Demob suits and short back and sides,
And saw the bomb sites turned air-raid shelters,
Where their families lived all of their lives.
Then the nation built them a utopia,
With pebbledash on the outside, oh,
Look at them now, they've come a long way, they are affluent and bursting with pride.
Soon we'll be sitting inside that million-pound semi-detached,
Detached, in our million-pound semi-detached.
Looking back at the past of this million-pound semi.
Two up two down, a back garden, that was the dream,
Two kids, a cat and a dog, that was the scheme.

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If image is everything, how can the Democratic presidential hopefuls compete with a President fresh from a war victory.

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All Seems Like Yesterday

Yesterday, I saw you and me
[But younger than yesterday]
Between high rises
Lamp posts gleamed
Streets like maze
At nine o'clock Friday night
In SF [not lost]
It just happened
No moon, no stars

In the room of strangers
Eyes talked their language
As young as other feet, our feet
Stomping on the dance floor
Of Donna Summer's beat
Till it died at 2AM
And the myth of coffee
Past alcohol spun you and me
The sun escaped

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John McCain's Lament 1818 - after Emily Dickinson - Because I would not stop for Death

John McCains's Lament
Cause Sarah would not stop for B.
he put a stop to me;
elections held November 4
proved immorality.

Results flip flopped, no seats to waste,
though I had put away
both labour, Cindy's leisure too, -
ineligibility!

We'd passed town halls where voters polled
by crossing yea or nay;
passed field of hopefuls gazing gain -
who soon saw setting sun.

We'd paused before Whitehouse that seemed
A bushman's paradise,
whose roof was all too visible,
whose tenant scorned advice.

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The Schoolhouse On The Plain

(From 'An Idyll of the Wimmera.')

On the geodetic line, where the parish boundaries join
At a level and interminable lane
You can see it there, alone, standing calmly on its own,
Like an iceberg in a solitary main.
It's a topographic base, and each near or distant place
Is located from the Schoolhouse on the Plain.

It lies open to the road, in the usual country mode,
With a few old waster posts to bridge the drain;
The reserve is clean and dry, being several inches high,
The building standing back about a chain.
Nothing could excel the stand, and it's worth its bit of land,
That inexpensive Schoolhouse on the Plain.

It requires a lick of paint, to correct the weather-taint,
And its windows should have here and there a pane;
The open-jointed floor swallows pencils by the score,
And the veteran desks are inked with many a stain;

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Love Sonnet 164 O Rose, You've Bloomed Rosier, Though Bitter

O Rose, you've bloomed rosier, though bitter,
How many hopefuls waited by your door?
Their dreams lie there, among shreds that litter,
Were they not the ones who adored you more?
Some bees came to see, and yet left empty,
Was it true, there's no nectar, no one sips?
Those who aimed lower, hit your thorns, plenty,
Is mine way higher that could reach your lips?
Your cell shuts the world out, but locks you in,
If as chrysalis, what you would intend,
Come out soon, as butterfly all out to win
The world, as outward forms you did transcend;
......Yet, till then, dreams may die, this fool implores,
......And God forbid, that one such dream be yours.
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Once We Met

Once we met in a greasy spoon
A television hung from the ceiling
And drained its effusive ruin. 

Once we met in a buskers croon
Bus stop hopefuls dead by tedium
Ignored his heart wrenching doin'.

Once we met in a naive swoon
Youthful dumb and thrilling
Pashed day an' all night through an'... 

Once we met in an old saloon
Seats sticky with life's lust lived
And sipped all revved and brewin'.

Once we met in a cow herd mooin'
Gentle giants unsuspecting
From where cruel protien's hewn.

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