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The Dry Fly

The Dry Fly
To the Tune “There Was A Lad” - by Robert Burns

I'll tell a tale of Jim the fly
He was nae bricht, he was nae wry,
His fate it came as nae surprise
For drinking a the Barley'O.

Chorus:
 For Jim alas, he spied the glass
 And into it he dove quite blindly,
 I laughed so hard I had to cry
 The day John Hannah wrang him dry.

What's this says John wi' furrowed brow,
We can't have this and I know how
We'll gather back each precious drop
Of treasured, measured Barley'O.

Chorus:

The wake was fair all there agreed
And well compared with greater seed,
Ah! Jimmy from this life was freed
The day he drank John's Barley'O.

Chorus:

And so for us the lesson's told
That should you wish to live till old
You'll never touch another's gold
Or steal or sip his Barley'O.
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Submitted on October 15, 2013

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Born in Oxford, raised in Kenya, past winner of Los Slamgeles Poetry Slam and author of abitingchance.blogspot.comand "The First Thanksgiving".Doctor McLeod is a performing poet who has recited at Highland Games, dinners and Burns Nights for the last 36 years. He is happily married, lives and works in Los Angeles,has three children, and practices as a dentist on Sunset Boulevard:http://www.drneilmcleod.com/He can be contacted by e-mail at drneilmcleod@yahoo.com and will willingly entertain requests to share his work with permission. more…

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