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The Lottery of Life

Royston 1946 (Reading)

His life had just not gone to plan,
it should not have worked out this way.
For he was a business man
and invested his hard earned pay.

But fortunes lot had now been cast
It was the nightmare that he feared.
Life's a bitch for luck does not last
and his savings just disappeared.

For when the market began to fall
his money went out of the door.
All doom and gloom he'd lost it all
and his poor life fell through the floor.

All penniless and destitute
and unable to make ends meet.
His daughter became a prostitute
parading up and down the street.

Then his son took to petty crime
and breaking and entry tried.
He broke the law to earn a dime,
got caught and was banged up inside.

Taking hard drugs his poor wife tried
popping happy pills through the day.
Then she committed suicide
and a black hearse took her away.

Some win the lottery of life
whilst for others it's just pure hell.
So full of hardship and of strife
and nothing they do turns out well.
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