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Sun, 11th May 2014 | MatthewCollins | 1,619 Views.

Jews My 3rd attempt at Lyrical Eyes' challenge

Look at him the big nosed git
He'll rob you blind if you let him
Leave you penniless and not give a shit
Jews could care less if you live in a bin

Why do Jews have such big noses?
It's because air is free!
So much money their life is a bad of roses
They should give some of it to me

Under that big black hat they've got horns
Or so that's what they say
They should piss of to where they belong
All of them liars, don't believe what they say

They don't mix with us, they're too aloof
Some say they do but we know the truth
The strangest people that I've ever seen
The most tight fist fisted people I've ever seen



NB For all you out there who think that you've just read an anti semitic rant it's just for a challenge to write a poem about how perceptions used to be and how things have changed. No offence is meant to anybody.
I'm a Yorkshireman and they say there's nobody tighter than us barring the Scots!

                


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Mon, 12th May 2014
Jilly, if you mean that immersing yourself in music creates a bonding that makes you oblivious to the colour of your bass player's skin or nonchalant as to who the keyboard player happens to want to sleep with then you are probably right. Mind you my life isn't and hasn't been entirely about music so I wouldn't say I'm completely oblivious to the prejudices that there are out there. It's just that since those halcyon days in the 60s and 70s of peace and love (Yeah Baby!!) I won't let them near me.
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Mon, 12th May 2014
I know precisely where MC is coming from because it was so prevalent in the early seventies if memory serves. I was at uni before I actually shook off this ridiculous idea that somebody who is from a different place wasn't as good as us. However BC I believe that you as a muso see things far differently because as I understand it, musicians live in a world where it's the music that is king! Perhaps I'm right,perhaps I'm completely wrong.
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Mon, 12th May 2014
This is multifaceted and I would say that in general this kind of outlook is now defunct. Still, there are people out there today who just will never let things go.
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Mon, 12th May 2014
That would be fair to say Col, myself and all of those around me! BUT NO MORE!
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Mon, 12th May 2014
Of course you can only speak for yourself Matthew and if, when you said 'we were all appalling racists in the post war years up to and including the 80s', you were only speaking about yourself and your family then I stand corrected.
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Mon, 12th May 2014
ALSO>>>> I would take the view that MS had it exactly right with his simple line from the song...I'd like to teach the world to sing! Exactly the right comment to make his point subtly.
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Mon, 12th May 2014
Speaking as a child of an immigrant I have to agree with MC. I know that this is an uncomfortable truth but now that it's out in the open then it is out for debate. My father started the medical practice with my mother when we first came from Persia. In the practice two English doctors were also employed and people Didn't want to see my parents, they wanted proper doctors not them "Paki's". My parents accepted that there wasn't much they could do about the peoples attitudes apart from work hard and become a part of the community which they did successfully too. Yes, MC should have finished off with a verse or three about the changing attitudes but this is a relevant work and I for one would accept it as a look back in the rear view mirror of the past that I hope has been left behind.
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Mon, 12th May 2014
I can only speak of my own point of view BC. My home city was a prime example of a place where it was "them and us". My own parents and grandparents were as guilty as all the rest for taking this attitude towards our fellow man when in many cases the immigrant community were here because they had been encouraged to come by the government only to be looked at with suspicion and scorn. Can you imagine what it was like playing with immigrant kids happily in the school yard and then being told your not allowed to play with them at home? We didn't know what to think. I know that this is incomplete and should have gone on to say how things have changed. (My fault entirely) but it is a accurate representation of how things used to be in my neck of the woods. Believe it or not,Bradford is still a hot bed of racism but this time it's the immigrants grandkids who now hate the Polish ever. I myself believe we should laugh both at and with each other and live together......Just as long as...[more]
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Sun, 11th May 2014
Sorry Matt but I disagree that we were 'all appalling racists in the post war years up to and including the 80s'. I thought the challenge set by LyricalEyes was to 'write a lyric about a belief, thought or idea that you held firmly as a child - pre teen, that has changed now that you are an adult'. I can't believe that these are beliefs, thoughts or ideas you held as a pre-teen child and, as MS said, if you did where's the indication that you've changed? I must admit I'm not enjoying the grabbing hold of stereotypes just to set to rhyme for the sake of it. Especially when a lot of them are grossly exaggerated.
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Sun, 11th May 2014
You're right MS. It's just not complete as I look back at it. Too many stereotypes when I was a kid but personally I never understood what they were talking about. I just played with other kids and didn't see their religions ect
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Sun, 11th May 2014
Got to be honest Matthew I'm not quite seeing the part where perceptions have changed, you have just written a limerick about a stereotype. Needs some kind of conclusion to warrant it not sounding ignorant.
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Sun, 11th May 2014
I would take the side of Jilly. The real beauty of this challenge is that we are addressing subjects that are usually ignored or brushed under the carpet. If somebody doesn't like it then tough luck because these things need to be aired and understood! Well done Matt I really appreciate your work on tis challenge. All other too!
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Sun, 11th May 2014
Good for you MC. Too many take offence now for no real reason whatsoever. Political correctness has its place but lets not forget the past. We should embrace it and learn from it!
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Sun, 11th May 2014
I know it's distasteful but I do stand by it because we were all appalling racists in the post war years upto and including the 80s and of course the challenge is what it is
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Sun, 11th May 2014
I'm not sure I would have been so brave or fool hardy to tackle this one MC. I think it's a good job you made a note at the bottom of your poem to explain.
Good though.
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