Neoliberalism Killed The Cat

Politicians talked in their big house

Came up with an idea

That it would save us all

From impending economic doom

 

Waffle & Lie

Preach & Posture

Cuts to funding

To all services and sundry

 

Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth

Otherwise Mrs. May

Will take your benefits away

And give it to her dear friends

 

The queues at the job centre

Get longer and more lairy

As the papers vomit headlines

Blaming the immigrants & communists

 

A freeze on your payment

Means they don’t really care

My cat had to go on a diet

She’s looking pretty thin

 

 

The mice all fled to Spain

Tuna aint cheap

My cats tummy grumbles

Parliament should be ashamed

 

Ideology, they cry

Will save us from our flawed nature

Steer us out of this mess

What do they know?

 

Neoliberalism killed my cat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I once knew a girl whose eyes were as bright as the world

I know her still, in my dreams and remnants of memories

I told her I loved her on the banks of the Thames

She told me with fervour that “I love you so sir”

 

Then we waltzed through the arches of London Bridge

To the shouts of the street pedlars

And the wind blowing the falling brown leaves of autumn

All the way to the palace, where we kissed under the gaze of the Queen 

 

Our bellies were full of wine

But we didn’t mind

The night was full of beguile

And I’d wished known what was about to transpire

 

Kilburn was foggy the night that you left

The lampposts were lonely

And my heart breaking in its chest

I drowned my sorrows in a barrel of whiskey till the dawn rose 

 

You said I was handsome you said I was yours

But my heads in tatters and you caught the coffin ship from Liverpool

To dance with chance in the land of the lady of liberty 

And me in cold blighty alone with my dreams of you 

 

I once knew a girl whose eyes were as bright as the world

I know her still, in my dreams and remnants of memories

I told her I loved her on the banks of the Thames

She told me with fervour that “I love you so sir”

 

 © Jack Nugent