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I wish I was one of the gentry

Postby Annis » Sat Jun 10, 2006 5:41 pm

For the best effect of this poem, it should be sung to the tune of "I wish I was a Punk rocker with flowers in my hair" by Sandi Thom. This poem is not yet finished!

Oh I wish I was one of the gentry,
With maids to comb my hair.
In times of peasant desperation,
I wouldn’t even have to care.
I would be born to live,
on a manor and to ride a mare.
Oh I wish I was one of the gentry,
With maids to comb my hair.


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Postby guthrie » Mon Jun 12, 2006 10:33 pm

Nice. IT works with the tune as well. All you need is some period musician playing along with it...



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Postby Annis » Tue Jun 13, 2006 7:06 pm

Thanks! now ive just gotta write the rest!

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Postby Annis » Tue Jun 20, 2006 7:18 pm

Wooo! This is the completed poem!

Oh I wish I was one of the gentry,
With maids to comb my hair.
In times of peasant desperation,
I wouldn’t even have to care.
I would be born to live
On a manor and to ride a mare.
Oh I wish I was one of the gentry,
With maids to comb my hair.

When a peasant you’d be lucky to have a cart, but,
Not everybody travelled far,
Play some music that was really loud and everyone would sing,
But hierarchy would have control
and if unlucky the devil would have your soul
and going to hell was still scary and we did not know everything

Oh I wish I was one of the gentry,
With maids to comb my hair.
In times of peasant desperation,
I wouldn’t even have to care.
I would be born to live
On a manor and to ride a mare.
Oh I wish I was one of the gentry,
With maids to comb my hair.

When surviving diseases remained a myth
And young lovers would sit and kiss
And when there was a war, and the only folk left were not even male
Show a letter, no one knows what it means
and aristocracy was still a dream
and the only way to see yourself was the reflection in the pail

Oh I wish I was one of the gentry,
With maids to comb my hair.
In times of peasant desperation,
I wouldn’t even have to care.
I would be born to live
On a manor and to ride a mare.
Oh I wish I was one of the gentry,
With maids to comb my hair.

Bad weather would mean no crop
and bad folk were put in the stocks
and being clean would make you look entirely out of place
Childer would wear hand me downs,
and play about on the ground
and so handsome young fellows would have dirt across their face

Oh I wish I was one of the gentry,
With maids to comb my hair.
In times of peasant desperation,
I wouldn’t even have to care.
I would be born to live
On a manor and to ride a mare.
Oh I wish I was one of the gentry,
With maids to comb my hair.

I would be born to live on a manor and to ride a mare.
Oh I wish I was one of the gentry, with maids to comb my hair.


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Postby Marcus Woodhouse » Mon Jun 26, 2006 2:36 pm

Another reason to hate them.


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Postby Annis » Tue Jun 27, 2006 12:42 pm

Oh yes indeed. lol.


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Postby gregory23b » Wed Jun 28, 2006 2:18 pm

OT
""I wish I was a Punk rocker with flowers in my hair""

I heard the other day in the car, and it has to be the biggest load of crap of a pop song. Punks with flowers in their hair, seems the girl singing it had never met a punk who spiked their hair up with soap. She seemed to think punks were hippies. Awful tune, insult to punks, unless I missed any irony

Sorry but it was one the few trashy songs that made me react like that and she has a crap voice.

rant over.

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Postby Guest » Wed Jun 28, 2006 3:34 pm

Better not say that I quite like the song. dunno how she can breathe in during the song though lol

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Postby guthrie » Thu Jun 29, 2006 7:22 pm

I understood the whole punk rocker with flowers in my hair to be a kind of melding of '77 and '69 together, I think the song is supposed to be about wishing you were back in the good old days when you could really rebel, not like today, when you get ignored.


The rest of it is fine, though I'm not very good with poems.



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Postby Marcus Woodhouse » Thu Jun 29, 2006 8:35 pm

My wife, both my girls and my son love this song. I alone am immune to it's paapiness. Hold fast Greg I'm coming to get you. Together we might just pull through and make it to a land where taste and style still roams free and wild.


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Postby William » Thu Jun 29, 2006 8:41 pm

guthrie wrote:I understood the whole punk rocker with flowers in my hair to be a kind of melding of '77 and '69 together, I think the song is supposed to be about wishing you were back in the good old days when you could really rebel, not like today, when you get ignored.


Spot on. It's a '77 and '69 mix, quite intentional I'm sure. It's also a mix of American and British references no doubt to increase marketability. Still hate it though, it tries too hard.



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Postby gregory23b » Thu Jun 29, 2006 9:19 pm

I don't dount the intentionality, it would be hard to do it by accident, just makes me puke the idea of mixing loveuy dovey tree hugging hippy rebellion with full on sweaty filthy confrontational punk, just doesn't work in my mind.

When I picture punks I see the Hope and Anchor on Upper street squatted by punks running their own unofficial pub/club, glue bags, bad hair, bad attitude, I see disaffection and anger and grey urban landscapes (not to mention complete marketability), so the idea of flowers in hair on punks is a little incongruous to me.

But at least the song stimulated a resposne, I normally don't hear what songs are played on the radio, so it must have had some effect, well it did, I shouted a lot whilst waiting for the lights to change....old fart is me.


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Postby Marcus Woodhouse » Thu Jun 29, 2006 9:36 pm

Like I said, another bloody reason to hate 'em.


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Postby guthrie » Thu Jun 29, 2006 10:44 pm

gregory23b wrote:I don't dount the intentionality, it would be hard to do it by accident, just makes me puke the idea of mixing loveuy dovey tree hugging hippy rebellion with full on sweaty filthy confrontational punk, just doesn't work in my mind.

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Postby gregory23b » Thu Jun 29, 2006 11:11 pm

Different times Guthrie, modern hippies and grungers and punks all a mish mash, 1960s love in and 1970s punks are what it was about, except maybe Yippies.


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Postby guthrie » Thu Jun 29, 2006 11:14 pm

WEll, that was my kind of point, all these things look to intellectual non involved little old me to have coalesced somewhat, whereas your still talking about the good old days when they were different.

(Although obviously '77 was a good year, being the year of my birth)



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Postby gregory23b » Fri Jun 30, 2006 9:00 am

But we are talking about the song which mentions 1969 and 1976 etc not the present time, were it talking about 1990s protesting then fair enough, to me it conjured up a very odd image of dirty punks 'freaking out'.

Sadly I was just too young, by a hair's breadth to be a punk, it was all around me but I was just too young to break free and sniff glue so just had to watch and hear it and latch on briefly as a few die hards in the early eighties clung on, desperately trying to revive a corpse, but it was fun.

Just an old fart muttering and chuntering ;-)


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Postby Annis » Fri Jun 30, 2006 12:25 pm

yes


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Postby gregory23b » Fri Jun 30, 2006 1:19 pm

:!:


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Postby Skevmeister » Fri Jun 30, 2006 2:28 pm

Thank god, that I don't listen too radio and thusI am immune to its pappy sh!te


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