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This poem is often wrongly thought to be by Robert W Service. It is published here to the memory of Hugh Antoine D'Arcy, its rightful father.
An Evening with the Bard of the Yukon, July 18 th 2003 at 20.30pm in the Town-Hall of Lancieux, Brittany.
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Published by Webmaster on 07/30/2003 (3672 reads)
To show you how low-brow I am


To show you how low-brow I am
    I sadly must admit
When reading Mary and her lamb
    I wish I'd written it;
I'd rather, I can tell you flat.
    When for Parnassus bound,
Have authored Casey at the Bat
    Than odes of Ezra pound.

And if a painter I might be
    I'd fain be like the Dutch,
And daub fat people full of glee
    Who eat and drink too much;
To souse and song I'd give my heart
    With brush meticulous,
Since for Picasso and his art
    I care no tinker's cuss.

If music chanced to be my line
    The gods I'd sooner thank
If Old Kentucky Home were mine
    Than fugues of Caesar Franck.
A march by Sousa and a waltz
    By Strauss are more to me
Than all the classics time exalts
    In solemn symphony.

You see, a common bloke am I
    And vulgar ways I go;
I sit in pubs and on the sly
    Enjoy a good leg show.
So if you be with culture crammed
    You'll scorn the likes of me. . . .
Hell! What of it? If I be damned
    I've heaps of company.

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