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Work Pie

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 !


I heard dawn blow the cork of day
Its history milk - the toast of sound
Don't beat the man - he's blowing the world train

They are like broken things in office clothing
on the cold gold street
Blowing the wind of work
Living with our work pie

The day is madly talking
Bright tunes in a death pub
Jesus sitting in slippers at the restaurant

You danced my head
Hurled crowns of drinking
At the shy clerk disco
Where golden tigers screamed

I was thinking in the road:
Standing standing bar
Of this herring herring

© 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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