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Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Remember him this way...

An Adult-Oriented Rock Singer's Love Song:

After A Subaltern's Love Song.

Joan Armatrading,
Joan Armatrading,
In your velvet jacket
With military braiding.

Singing your mind-numbing
On your poncey, roundbacked
Ovation guitar.

Joan Armatrading,
Joan Armatrading,
Indifferent to the countries
We are invading.

While sectarian militias
In Basra riot,
You pointlessly sing about
Dropping the pilot.

Joan Armatrading,
Joan Armatrading,
In Baghdad and Kabul
The troops are parading.

While you wail your songs for
Middleclass simpletons
And cohabitate with
Valerie Singleton(s)

Joan Armatrading,
Joan Armatrading,
Geo-political conflict

You sing not a word of
Iraqi invasion -
You're not in love...

....but you're open to persuasion.

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  1. I can't put my finger on it (as the actress said to the bishop) but it's not quite Betjeman, is it?

  2. Most unfair on the Joanster
    She shows some emotion
    Just get off her back
    She's the sweetest devotion.