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My Beer

from Smelling Dogs by Tom Robinson

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In 1985 computer expert Greg Ward programmed a mainframe computer at Birkbeck College, London as a sophisticated poetry-generating machine. At my suggestion he fed it a vocabulary derived partly from Bruce Springsteen lyrics, these were some of the results. Greg - if you're reading this - please get back in touch !


The sherrifs don't sweat in this town full of Fords
With their faded belief in the cash of the Lord
With their TV smiles and their midnight cream
while the cold tramp burns and the losers dream

Them with their wine
My beer, my beer
Their wine and friends
My beer

On the lawn full of judges they are sitting like chance
In this poor world of crime you can watch power dance
The jungle waits where pity hates
The devil haunts
My beer

I'm just money for those guys
Drinking dull trust on a bridge full of eyes
My broken magic and backstreet pain
Rips through the trees like hungry rain
On the cold road through the colder sea
Hear the stone roar of the thunder war
Blowing my beer - it's my beer

In this blind bar I chase my heart
You take my pride
My beer

The dead road speaks
Of bright guilt tears
An empty hell
My beer

© GREG WARD 1985


from Smelling Dogs, released January 1, 2001


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Tom Robinson London, UK

Tom Robinson (b.1950) is a UK songwriter & broadcaster first known in the 70s as an anti-racist and LGBT campaigner. He released 19 albums between 1975-2001 with various bands and has co-written songs with Elton John, Peter Gabriel, Dan Hartman and Manu Katché. He's an award-winning presenter at BBC Radio 6 Music, and released Only The Now (his first album in 19 years) in October 2015. ... more

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