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Tidy Up The Scene

from The World Brims by The Loss Adjustors

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Lyrics and vocals, Richard Price. Music and production and backing vocals Roberto Sainz de la Maza; vocals Elisa de Leon.


Tidy up the scene
Frank is telling me – “The feds are on the move,
It’s a black kid so they’ve no time to lose.
They shoot the man in his car.
Another wet-wiped local star.
The cops get their stories straight --
it’s not too late
to practice what they’re meant to mean
and tidy up the scene.”

Frank is telling me – “The judges could not lose.
It’s politics so they call it stealing shoes.
Attacking shopping’s a protest too far,
the trainer’s sacred, so’s the bra.
Retail’s endangered, unique.
Justice slurs when it starts to speak:
jail the poor to keep the righteous clean,
tidy up the scene.”

Frank is telling me – “Half the country’s on my tail,
the TV and the holy Mail –
just for the colour of my ‘tan’.
England doesn’t need the Klan:
when your skin can’t be trusted
your future’s done-and-dusted.
It’s ‘empathy’ and arm-lock, phone the Condolences Team,
tidy up the scene.”

Frank says softly – “Don’t listen to what I’m saying –
look at the boys here playing,
thinking up a new world with laughs and Lego,
colour and creation from the chaos at the get-go.
They both start in the same circumstances –
you know the difference in their likely life chances.”
Then he calls to my boy and his Dean,
gentle, like he’s lost all spleen,
subtle, like there’s more he wants to mean
(he makes me think I’m down there with the toys).
“Clear up now, boys! –
No order, no ice cream!
Tidy up the scene.”

(c) Richard Price


from The World Brims, released July 16, 2020
The image is from VOA TV, wiht the author listesd as "VOA Persian Interview" and is used under the Creatives Commons Licence 3.0.


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Lyrics and Vocals by Richard Price, Music and Production by Roberto Sainz De La Maza. Vocals by Elisa De Leon.

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