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Reinhard Lyr Req: A Man of Convictions (7) Lyr Add: MAN OF CONVICTIONS 18 Aug 18


Man of Convictions

I was first led astray in the pub one night when
These long-haired blokes started to sing
About magic dragons and tambourine men,
And other peculiar things.
So I smoked this fag, which didnít half make me cough,
They said it would soon set me free;
But when I knocked Constable Johnís helmet off
It did quite the opposite for me.
    Iím a man of convictions, but I was confined;
    I got one night's restriction for stepping out of line.
    Then came the infliction of a twenty-pound fine;
    In that jingle, jangle morning Iíll come following you.

When I next heard them sing 'twas the landlords they scoffed,
They sang ďThis land is my land and yours.Ē
So I went out next morning, and fenced a bit off,
And used it for grazing my horse.
But then Colonel Heart said the land was his own,
And forced me to take down the fence.
Well the Lord forgives trespass, but the magistrates donít,
And Heart was the chair of the bench.
    I'm a man of convictions, I told them with pride,
    And your jurisdiction I hereby deny;
    Impressed with my diction they gave me three months inside,
    But the times, they are a changiní.

When Iíd finished my sentence I swore Iíd be deaf
To the songs they were singing to me.
But when they sang one about how propertyís theft,
I jumped up and cried, ďGlory be!Ē
For now I could see that the reason Iím poor
Is because someone else has stolen it all,
So I stole it back, plus a little bit more,
And hereís what I said at the trial:
    I'm a man of convictions, it canít be denied,
    Itís just contradiction that caused me to slide.
    But they said thatís fiction, take two years inside,
    But you know that was the last thing on my mind.

Now older, but wiser, I came out today,
And I went for a nice quiet drink,
But those blasted folk-singers they started again,
And once again set me to think.
They sang that for freedom of speech theyíd a lust,
And how for that freedom theyíd fight;
They swore to that end they would die if they must,
So I just helped them prove they were right.
    Iím a man of convictions, I donít think I did wrong,
    By means of constriction I ended their song,
    My lawyerís prediction is bleak from hereon,
    But we shall overcome, some day.

Source:
Man of Convictions
The Life and Work of George Kipper
Sinner/Songwriter
Edited by Chris Sugden and Sid Kipper
Norwich: Mousehold Press, 2003


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