Compelling Couplets

Mayfly

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The entire lyric of "Well I wonder"

It's so easy to love, it's so easy to hate
It takes guts to be gentle and kind

I am a freezing cold soul
So far from where I intended to go

Beware! I wear more grudges
Than lonely high court judges.

Reflecting from my deathbed
I'm balancing life's riches against the ditches
And the flat grey years in between.

I wish you lonely
Like the last tracked humpback whale
Chased by gunships from Bergen
But never giving in!

PS: An awful lot of good ones have already been mentioned. Wonderful thread!
 
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The entire lyric of "Well I wonder"

It's so easy to love, it's so easy to hate
It takes guts to be gentle and kind

I am a freezing cold soul
So far from where I intended to go

Beware! I wear more grudges
Than lonely high court judges.

Reflecting from my deathbed
I'm balancing life's riches against the ditches
And the flat grey years in between.

I wish you lonely
Like the last tracked humpback whale
Chased by gunships from Bergen
But never giving in!

PS: An awful lot of good ones have already been mentioned. Wonderful thread!
The never played symphonies has some good ones. I like that line
 

Mozmar

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I read the link - I can't see it being Jo Slee, it's too self-contained.

Probably was inspired by Not Waving, But Drowning, the Stevie Smith poem, where the drowning is a metaphor for no one noticing you're not coping with life.

He was more explicit & cheerful about it on the Lifeguard, save me from life song (can't remember the title!).

It's art! It's meant to be mysterious. 😁
That would be Lifeguard On Duty...

The centre of the town is a dangerous zone
Drenched in phlegm every time that I come home
Lifeguard - save me from life
Save me from life
Save me from life

Not particularly cheerful...
 
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Mozmar

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but you were so different
you had to say no
when those empty fools
tried to change you, and claim you
for the lair of their ordinary world
 

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sick down to my heart
and that’s just the way it goes

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may sound trite but it's true you know
i could list the details of everything you ever wore

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so how did i end up so deeply involved in
the very existence i planned on avoiding?

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yes i walk around somehow,
but you have killed me

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fifteen minutes with you
well i wouldn’t say no

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see the sea wants to take me, the knife wants to slit me

do you think you can help me?

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on their hands - at last! - a dead star
but they can never taint you in my eyes

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in the gardens by the graves
i can just about behave

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so i offered love and it was not required
oh what else can i do?

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look at the blue of the sky and tell me why you held back. did you think there would one day be a bluer sky and a better hour?

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you don’t like me but you love me,
either way you’re wrong

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so what do you think i am
and how precisely could you tell
 
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