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Lyr Add: Satirical recitations by Les Barker

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Jim Dixon 20 Jan 05 - 01:02 AM
Jim Dixon 20 Jan 05 - 01:05 AM
Wolfgang 20 Jan 05 - 08:10 AM
Leadfingers 20 Jan 05 - 10:13 AM
Jim Dixon 20 Jan 05 - 11:15 AM
Gurney 21 Jan 05 - 01:37 AM
Teresa 21 Jan 05 - 01:52 AM
Liz the Squeak 21 Jan 05 - 03:09 AM
Teresa 21 Jan 05 - 02:51 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: THE CIVILISED WORLD (Les Barker)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 20 Jan 05 - 01:02 AM

Transcribed from the sound file at
http://www.mrsackroyd.com/thecivilisedworld.mp3

THE CIVILISED WORLD
Les Barker

How goes the war on terror, George? Is al-Qaeda under control?
Does the world know peace, freedom and justice? I think I'd say no, on the whole.

In the days after 9/11, the goodwill of the world was yours.
I might have opened a dialogue. I might have pondered the cause.

I might have considered the issues, asked what the solutions might be.
Beatin' the crap out of everybody never occurred to me.

But justice had to be done. George, who made that attack?
I think most of 'em were Saudis. Let's invade Iraq!

They showed no respect for the United Nations. They had only contempt for that forum.
You can't keep ignoring the UN like they did. We showed 'em how to ignore 'em!

But now Iraq's turned against us. I suppose it's what you'd expect.
Beatin' the crap out of everybody tends to have that effect.

There were links with al-Qaeda, you said. Iraq, not a chance, we said, never!
But thanks to your tactical awareness, George, you might just have pushed 'em together.

Remember the day the war ended? George, it just seems to drag on.
But we're goin' to liberate these people if we have to kill every last one.

How shall we win hearts and minds? Don't tell me, George. I think I know.
Beatin' the crap out everybody! I think we should give that a go.

Bomb the hospital, shoot the ambulance driver, knock the neighbourhood flat!
It's a good job they aren't real people. You can't treat real people like that.

Why not stop selling arms around the world, change the whole scheme of world trade,
Take a fresh look at Israel and Palestine? It's not what you want, I'm afraid.

We could build a new world based on justice, do things according to law.
Beatin' the crap out of everybody, it hasn't solved problems before.

How goes the war on terror, George? It's a war, George, can anyone win?
The world needs peace, freedom and justice. It's a long road, but why not begin?


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Subject: Lyr Add: AN ODD KIND OF ULTIMATUM (Les Barker)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 20 Jan 05 - 01:05 AM

Transcribed from the sound file at
http://www.mrsackroyd.com/bushmp.mp3

AN ODD KIND OF ULTIMATUM
Les Barker

I said in my dossier you have arms. I've not said where they are, but I know.
At no time have I ever given proof. The mere fact I have said it proves it's so.

The onus of proof lies with you. Show me the arms you have not got.
The ones that your dossier says you haven't. We need to know precisely where they're not.

The inspectors haven't found the ones you have, the ones we know you have, they think perhaps.
We don't know where they are or if you have them, but Tony Blair and I are honest chaps.

Show me all those arms of mass destruction. You may have noticed mine are on display.
It's an evil man who hides even the ones he hasn't got, so get them out, or I'll blow you away.

Perhaps one day we'll find you were unarmed, that the arms you don't possess, you don't possess.
That's just the kind of dirty trick you'd pull, and you've an awful lot of oil, but I digress.

Show me your bubonic plague. Get out the anthrax as well.
Remember, you got them from me, so I know you're guilty as hell.

To own such armaments as mine is forbidden. All those things you don't have, I have more.
Show me where what you've not got's been hidden, or in the name of peace, I'm going to go to war.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Satirical recitations by Les Barker
From: Wolfgang
Date: 20 Jan 05 - 08:10 AM

Thanks for the two songs. Les Barker is a brilliant songwriter. I personally prefer his parodies to his serious songs, but his serious songs are already very good.

Wolfgang


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Satirical recitations by Les Barker
From: Leadfingers
Date: 20 Jan 05 - 10:13 AM

Strictly speaking they are NOT songs , but performance poetry , though a lot of Les's stuff is based on songs . The Mrs Ackroyd Band
Does sing Les' stuff , but Les himself only 'Talks' his poems ! And does a damn fine job of it too !!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Satirical recitations by Les Barker
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 20 Jan 05 - 11:15 AM

OK, I'll 'fess up. The "Lyr Add" prefix was just to get this thread into the music section, and avoid attracting the people who are only interested in "BS." I'm not interested in starting an argument about the political implications of the poems, which I'm sure would have happened if this were in the BS section.

Anyway, I think we've had threads about recitations in the music section before. Why not? Recitations are also (sometimes) a form of folklore, and folk musicians sometimes perform them.

I hope others will post poems here.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Satirical recitations by Les Barker
From: Gurney
Date: 21 Jan 05 - 01:37 AM

Reading them cold, like that, doesn't do them the justice that they deserve. Les is the funniest performer I've ever seen, and if you've seen one of his performances, you'll be going to his next one. Oddly enough, not too many people seem to do his stuff, in my case because I feel he's the definitive performer of his poems.
Those up top there look like serious poems, and so they are, but everyone listening will have smiles on their faces. But they will remember them. Do try to see him.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Satirical recitations by Les Barker
From: Teresa
Date: 21 Jan 05 - 01:52 AM

I think the satire came through in the transcription quite nicely, although I have heard his recordings, so I can imagine him reciting them.

I like Leon rosselson and Roy bailey, too. I love the _Band of Hope_ CD Roy did with john Kirkpatrick and others in the 90s. everything sounds traditional, and the lyrics are very politically powerful.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Satirical recitations by Les Barker
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 21 Jan 05 - 03:09 AM

Les is working on a follow up to 'Guide Cats for the Blind' - it's called 'Missing Persians' but I'm not entirely sure what charity it's in aid of, although one does spring to mind.

LTS


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Satirical recitations by Les Barker
From: Teresa
Date: 21 Jan 05 - 02:51 PM

LOL! Oh, dear. I wish kitties made good guides, but that, alas, is not one of their talents.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Satirical recitations by Les Barker
From: GUEST,feazo
Date: 06 Jul 16 - 09:04 PM

Les does do some of his pieces with his friend Kieth Donelly who plays the guitar and sings some of the words. I think they tour as Me and My Idiot Friend or something.


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