Song for Jeremy

Go ahead and smear him because he makes you doubt

Because he has denied himself the things you can’t live without

Laugh at him behind his back just like the others do

Remind him of what he could have been when he comes walking through

 

But he’s loved by all of us

Resent him to the bone

You got something better?

You’ve got a heart of stone

 

Stop your conversation when he passes on the stairs

Hope he falls upon himself, no-one really cares

Because he can’t be exploited by media moguls anymore

Because he can’t be bribed or bought by the things that you adore

 

But he’s loved by all of us

Resent him to the bone

You got something better?

You’ve got a heart of stone

 

When the whip that’s keeping you in line doesn’t make him jump

Say he’s hard-of-hearing, as ridiculous as Donald Trump

Say he’s out of step with reality as you try to test his nerve

Because he doesn’t pay tribute to the Queen that you serve

 

But he’s loved by all of us

Resent him to the bone

You got something better?

You’ve got a heart of stone

 

Say that he’s a loser because he uses common sense

Because he doesn’t increase his worth at someone else’s expense

Because he’s not afraid of trying, he embraces others with a smile

Because he doesn’t threaten foreigners, say he’s got no style

 

But he’s loved by all of us

Resent him to the bone

You got something better?

You’ve got a heart of stone

 

You can laugh at austerity, you can play your nuclear games

You think that when you rest at last you’ll go back from where you came

But you’ve pocketed your bonuses and you’ve changed since the womb

What happened to the real you, you’ve been captured but by whom?

 

But he’s loved by all of us

Resent him to the bone

You got something better?

You’ve got a heart of stone

 

(with thanks to Bob Dylan for the inspiration)

Songs and Poems: the never-ending journey

TODAY I finished my 32nd song/poem towards my second book – working title: Just Another Hill.

Most of these songs and poems flow easily while others can be like extracting teeth… but they all follow an inner sense of need. A personal catharsis and journey of discovery, if you like.

Meanwhile I have now uploaded almost 90 of my songs and poems to a public Facebook page Songs and Poems of Nicolas Clare at: https://www.facebook.com/nicolasclarepoems?fref=ts

If anyone would like a song or poem written for them or for a loved one I would gladly do so for an agreeable rate.

The work can be revised and subbed until you are happy with it and either sent by email or printed on high quality paper and framed it desired.

Meanwhile my first poetry book: The Hill – Songs and Poems of Darkness and Light is available for order directly from my Web Store at www.writeahead.co.uk or contact me at nicoutterside@writeahead.co.uk

I accept payments by debit and credit cards or PayPal through this store. Order your copy now for just £3.99 plus £1.80 P&P (Europe: £3.70 P&P, Australia: £5.05 P&P and USA: £4.75 P&P with discounts on postage for multiple orders).

The Hill – Songs and Poems of Darkness and Light is 100 pages of angst, joy, reflection and opinion. I will personally sign your copy upon request, and your book will be dispatched immediately upon cleared payment.

Thank you and best wishes

Nic

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The Songs and Poems of Nicolas Clare

When I first started writing poetry at the age of 19, I wrote under the pen-name Nicolas Clare – influenced by my then poetic hero John Clare.

Today, as the poems and songs begin to burgeon, I have resurrected the name and opened a new public Facebook portal exclusively for this work. It can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/nicolasclarepoems?fref=ts

I will try to upload half a dozen songs and poems each day until my vault is empty, while continuing to write new offerings.

The Hill: Songs and Poems of Darkness and Light

WP Hill

FROM childhood sexual abuse, through cancer, bankruptcy, divorce, loss of two of my children, a nervous breakdown, recovery and meeting the most wonderful woman in the world, my life has come full circle. So The Hill: Songs and Poems of Darkness and Light is now complete and ready to go to the printers tomorrow morning. 100 pages of angst, joy, reflection and opinion. Pre-order your copy now for just £3.99 plus £1.80 P&P (UK postage) for first day issue. Will personally sign your copy if you wish.
Thank you to Gill, Nathan, Helen, Nicky, Angela, both my mums and many gorgeous friends for their input and help.