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The Ballad of Harry Smothers Harry Smothers (c) 1992 My name is Harry Smothers and my age is (mumblety-mumble) Another body in the filk that's going on till Kingdom come And I have two brand-new filksongs, and I do the best I can Now they say the filksing's over, but I think it's just begun And I remember I was 28 on the day I met Benefiche In the MileHiCon Con Suite we played Paxton, Ochs and Fish And I only knew some old folksongs, and he could write so well He's the first one that I filked with, and the first I aim to kill So it's next another MileHiCon, then we had four good years Then I moved to Colorado Springs, and we parted without tears Then it's 3 years since I left the town, and my paycheck disappears It was in a trade for Marty Burke, completed just last year. And now every week I get a check from my employer in Detroit And it's every week I cash the thing, and each month I come up short Do you think that makes it all right, that I'm short by 3 percent? Well, I guess I'll just keep working here; it sure helps to pay the rent. And I never cared for Classical, Country I don't understand And I'd never take Top 40, whether AM or FM But now there's fifty thousand filks in this unhappy land And fifty thousand Rock'n'Rolls being played by just one band Well, my name is Harry Smothers and I've just gone (mumblety-mumble) A new body in the filk that's going on till Kingdom come Though I seldom write a new filk, I pray God I have new songs! Now they say the filk is over, but I think it's just begun.

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