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Song: Five Gold Rings

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Well, it'll be a song if it grows a tune. But in the meantime, here are the words...

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FIVE GOLD RINGS

Oh what a five-ring circus, roll up, roll up to see

It’s world-wide peace and harmony galore

There’s a new and shiny pool down where the lido used to be

But I can’t afford to swim there anymore.

We love our seaside semi and we like to watch the boats

The public park’s our favourite place to walk

But now they’ve built a wall there hiding anything that floats

We’ve lived here forty years, but money talks

Community means ‘those who buy the tickets’, it appears

Perhaps they’d like to charge us too for listening to the cheers?


Five gold rings: the law forbids I name it.

Five gold rings: the trademark’s nailed down.

Five gold rings: they’ve bought the right to claim it for their own and send their

Circus through our villages and towns.

Who’s pulling on the strings?

‘Cos they’re attached to five gold rings.

My Gramps loved his allotment and it kept him fit and strong

For a hundred years that’s what the land was for

But they bulldozed eighty gardens that had been ours all along

And Grandpa doesn’t plant things anymore

‘Perpetuity’ no longer means forever, so it seems

And Grandpa’s not too active now, but there’s gardens in his dreams:

Five gold rings: the law forbids I name it.

Five gold rings: the trademark’s nailed down.

Five gold rings: they’ve bought the right to claim it for their own and send their

Circus through our villages and towns;

Who’s pulling on the strings?

‘Cos they’re attached to five gold rings.

Fire up the corporate lawyers with the words ‘cease and desist’

Tell knitters that they denigrate the games

Our sponsors’ cash investment needs protection after all

Fizzy drinks, fast food and chocolate bear their names

            And let’s have lots of music, and we won’t shell out a bean

            They’ll be glad to play for nothing, won’t they? ‘Least it gets them seen!

Oh what a five-ring circus, roll up, roll up to see

It’s world-wide peace and harmony galore

There’s a new and shiny pool down where the lido used to be

But I can’t afford to swim there anymore.

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Words by & © Talis Kimberley 22nd June 2012  
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On June 22nd, 2012 07:13 pm (UTC), aunty_marion commented:
Yay! Nice one, and I can almost hear you singing it (though I'm not sure what the tune is) in my head as I read it.
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On June 24th, 2012 04:47 pm (UTC), kathy_songbird replied:
Hey me too! Though I'm sure the tune is a real cracker. :-)
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On June 22nd, 2012 07:30 pm (UTC), filkerdave commented:
I love this!
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On June 22nd, 2012 07:31 pm (UTC), pocketnaomi commented:
Are they gold? I thought they were one each of several different colors.
On June 22nd, 2012 08:58 pm (UTC), pbristow replied:
Painted, presumably. =:o}
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On June 22nd, 2012 08:26 pm (UTC), talis_kimberley commented:
Yes - but they've all turned to money; besides, it's a quote from the popular carol 'The Twelve Days of Christmas', a counting song, in which the 'five gold rings' line is crucial and pivotal to the song, and oft-repeated!
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On June 22nd, 2012 08:38 pm (UTC), occams_pyramid commented:
Very nice indeed, and I thoroughly agree. ( I'm right close to the main site for London 2011A )
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On June 22nd, 2012 09:00 pm (UTC), pbristow commented:
YAY NEW SONG!!! BOOO OLYMPIC-SCALE KILLJOYS!

I wonder if your tune sounds anything like mine? =:o}
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On June 23rd, 2012 08:44 am (UTC), jaegerin commented:
I agree with auntie-marion - have no idea about the tune but it's very you :-)
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