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You should have been a pioneer, a man of great renown,
instead of a composer, often closer to a clown.
You should have been a millionaire with lots of cash to spend,
and not another Robert Burns, neglected at the end.

Arthur Rimbaud is criticised for turning profiteer,
and Dylan Thomas vilified for turning to the beer.
But they deserve our sympathy. The punters never pay.
They tell you what they’d do themselves, and then they walk away.

You scorned your own material; you thought you ought to do
“The Fields of Athenry”, “Loch Lomond”, songs that people knew.
Free whisky in abundance was the highlight of your fee.
If only you’d been sensible and finished that degree.

She should be in your arms right now, not standing at your grave.
Because you chose to entertain, they took you for a slave.
Whenever people say to me: “Well, what did you expect?”
I’m never slow to answer: “Just a little more respect.” 

You should have been a pioneer, a man of great renown,
instead of a composer, often closer to a clown.
You should have been a millionaire with lots of cash to spend,
and not another Robert Burns, neglected at the end.

 

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