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More G and S, brought down to date

March 18, 2012

New verses for a new era

Remember ‘”Tit Willow,” the Executioner’s song from The Mikado? Then you know the melody:

One March the eleventh, a wave came ashore
At Daiichi, Daiichi, Daiichi.
And it swept away towns and tremendously more.
Daiichi, Daiichi, Daiichi!
For straight in its path stood a deadly array
Of nuclear power plants boiling away,
Where a global calamity started that day —
Daiichi, Daiichi, Daiichi!

The cores melted down, and explosions ensued
At Daiichi, Daiichi, Daiichi!
And fallout proceeded to enter our food
From -ichi, Daiichi, Daiichi,
So that mushrooms and rice and the kelp from the sea
Soon registered radioact-ivity,
Which is doing its work both on you and on me —
Daiichi, Daiichi, Daiichi!

“There’s no need to worry,” officials explained
(Daiichi, Daiichi, Daiichi!),
While isotopes fell every time that it rained.
(Daiichi, Daiichi, Daiichi!)
Then as sea life expired, and as birds ceased to fly,
People felt irritation in throat and in eye,
And the threshhold of “normal” rose up to the sky —
Daiichi, Daiichi, Daiichi!

Now I contemplate dust blowing in past the doors,
From Daiichi, Daiichi, Daiichi,
Thinking my name’s upon it, and possibly yours.
Daiichi, Daiichi, Daiichi!
For we cannot stop breathing and eating, and so
It’s needless to say, for you already know:
We’re condemned to enduring a nuclear glow
From -ichi, Daiichi, Daiichi!

(c) 2012 David Ritchie

David Ritchie writes lyrics like these because he is powerless to do much of anything else. Email: kwriter@asia.com.

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One Comment
  1. You really are TOOOOOOOO Good. A wasted talent.

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