Organ Farming

by Ford Pier

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FARMER PRINCE The stinking plan won’t pay for the surgery The care that is due to me is being denied The broker lied – possibly I didn’t understand And the line that all of this is new to me won’t stick That’s what you get for getting sick Out in the field I knelt and prayed Felt undervalued, felt betrayed Brother, let’s call a spade a spade Farmer Prince is sore sore afraid They changed my brand. It smells totally different They cancelled the old offer and the graphics suck Just my luck, it won’t fit in the cabinet and probably it costs a little more Or it costs a bit less I haven’t been buying it since, I must confess I’m too depressed I resist change, that way there’s no development you can arrest Rest and plenty – not a shoddy way to live for a vagabond, a fugitive who hated the herd hated the herder built the first city and committed the first murder That guilt is a luxury too To have time to think about all that you do And the whole of which you’re a part To praise in song, to reshape through art into something brand new That’s what you get for being smart Organs and harps and iron and brass Critical faculties, critical mass The certainty that this, too, will pass Farmer Prince will raise his glass © 2006, Ford Pier

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released June 5, 2007

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Ford Pier Vancouver, British Columbia

Ford: v.t. to cross by wading (Webster)
Pier: n. a disappointed bridge (Joyce)

Ford Pier has a rock band called The Vengeance Trio and a string quartet called Strength Of Materials. There's eight or nine albums of this stuff, and more on its way. You just watch. ... more

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