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The Thought Of Fish

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 !


Sleeping by the grace of race
The sex slugs on hot yachts
Do not watch this bowl for guppies
At the class throat pits like puppies
They are trash and we are mud
The banking hogs fit in the flood
Thinking the thought of fish

Don't sink the stone where you were raised
Crude love will laugh at the thought of fish
Rubbish talks on our poison seam
Arab motels beat your queen
The filth pipe to the fatal factories

Broken by the thought of fish
We were sandwiches of bread
Breaking hands of romance
And they were broken
By the thought of fish

© GREG WARD 1985


from Smelling Dogs, released January 1, 2001


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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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