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Hephaestion
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posted 20 November 2004 12:21 PM      Profile for Hephaestion   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Another thread got me thinking of this...

Folk singer Utah Phillips likes to play what he calls "found songs", things that he never wrote, and many that have almost disappeared. But he rescues them and brushes the dust off them, and presents them to us all over again.

This one Utah first heard from an old fellow "the last of the real hobos" as Utah called him, "Fryin' Pan Jack"...

The Two Bums

by Fryin' Pan Jack
as recited by Utah Phillips

quote:

... He was old enough to remember the sleigh rods under the boxcars... riding the rods...

Fryin' Pan Jack: The Two Bums...

The bum on the rods is hunted down
as an enemy of mankind;
the other is driven around to his club,
is feted, wined and dined.
And they that curse the bum on the rod
as the essence of all that's bad
will greet the other with a winning smile
and extend the hand so glad.

The bum on the rod is a social flea
who gets an occasional bite;
the bum on the plush is a social leech,
blood-sucking day and night.
The bum on the rods is a load so light
that his weight would scarcely feel;
but it takes the labour of dozens of folk
to furnish the other a meal.

As long as we sanction the bum on the plush
the other will always be there;
but rid ourselves of the bum on the plush
and the other will disappear.
So make an intelligent, organized kick
Get rid of the wasted crush
Don't worry about the bum on the rods,
get rid of the bum on the plush.


The above came from the Utah Phillips/Ani Difranco album "The Past Didn't Go Anywhere".

Do any other babblers have a "found" song, or poem they'd like to share?


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