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Words of wisdom from my old Dad. These are the things I remember him telling me to do.

N.B. the line "Never trust a rotten Turk" is not meant to be as xenophobic as it sounds. The actual intention is to slander residents of Llanelli, known as "Turks" by Swansea people, themselves known as "Jacks". The "Jacks Vs Turks" rivalry has sustained many a hard fought rugby match between Swansea RFC and Llanelli RFC over the years. The West Wales Derby. Sorry, Turkish people, this wasn't aimed at you!


Ned's Blues

Pick your battles, son
Pick the ones you should have won
If you wanna go hide in the shed
Why don't you do that instead

Don't bang your head against the wall
Lift up your chin and man stand tall
Always be the better man
Let your mother make the plans

Life is hard, but death is worse
Always get your aggression in first
Only take what you really need
Make sure to come from depth at speed

Tackle low and you won't get hurt
Sew the buttons on the shirt
Let the weight of the axe do the work
And never trust a rotten Turk

Look after your lady wife
Make sure to love her all your life
Take care of your little bro
You know that he looks up to you so
Drive carefully in your car
A German one will take you far

Look after your lady wife
Make sure to love her all your life
Don't believe everything in those books you read
You only get one shot and then you're dead

And that's what he said


from Magic Theatre (Jan 2024), released January 1, 2024
Words and music by Mint Biscuit (Richard Thomas)
Guitar: Tanglewood Odyssey


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