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David Eggleton


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Futurist

       
whiz-kids turn into was kids
quality control goes out of control
overdue from a sleazy dive
when are they coming – start to arrive
whereabouts oh thereabouts
1984 is still beating on the door
1999 is apocalypse time
get a move on rollerskates
today’s becoming out of date
under the counter off the wrist
an all-time record spinning the Twist
yes I am a futurist a futurist a futurist
can I get a witness yes I am a futurist
I offer whatever you want
switch on the tube
lemme put you in the picture
whatever your mood
lemme put you in the know
about Adidas rugby boots
critical mass exploded views
of broken clocks ankle socks
great grand-dad in Victorian drag
virgin wool purity Pacific Ocean obscurity
because I am a futurist a futurist a futurist
can I get a witness yes I am a futurist
ten years after Vietnam
damn damn damn
Spaceman Raygun is still shooting it out
blam blam blam
overdue from a sleazy dive
when are they coming – start to arrive
lost in the clone zone
in warpaint boomerang and nose bone
mushroom clouds everywhere
ET was born here
the Forbidden Planet is just up there
Artoo Detoo is following you
nuclear sub with a shotaway nose
the Queen has taken an overdose
thin thighs in thirty days
one for the money two for the show
three to get ready
go baby go over the rainbow
round the twist
and I am a futurist a futurist a futurist
can I get a witness yes I am a futurist



From People of the Land (Penguin, 1988)



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