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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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Take It Easy

Published by Susan on 07/27/2003 (3172 reads)
When I was boxing in the ring...

When I was boxing in the ring
In 'Frisco back in ninety-seven,
I used to make five bucks a fling
To give as good as I was given.
But when I felt too fighting gay,
And tried to be a dinger-donger,
My second, Mike Muldoon, would say:
"Go easy, kid; you'll stay the longer."

When I was on the Yukon trail
The boys world warn, when things were bleakest,
The weakest link's the one to to fail -
Said I: "By Gosh! I wouldn't be weakest,"
So I would strain with might and main,
Striving to prove I was the stronger,
Till Sourdough Sam  would snap: "Goddam!
Go easy, son; you'll last the longer."

So all you lads of eighty odd
Take my advice - you'll never rue it:
Be quite prepared to meet your God,
But don't stampede yourselves to do it.
Just cultivate a sober gait;
Don't emulate the lively conger;
No need to race, slow down the pace,
Go easy, Pals - you'll linger longer.


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