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A REFUGE FOR POETS WHO WRITE IN THE LYRIC TRADITION,

WITH RHYME AND METER, WITH OR WITHOUT MUSIC




IíM NOT ON THE RADIO

Iím not on the radio,
Or MTV, or cable.
I donít have a booking agent
Or a major record label.
But I have my independence,
And I am in control.
I still own my copyrights,
And no one owns my soul.

I am the antithesis
Of what the business peddles.
I donít do country/western,
Or rap, or heavy metal.
My tone of voice is gentle,
And my lyrics are not hateful.
To some this is a culture shock.
A precious few are grateful.

My concerts are unamplified,
With no pulsating beat.
I do not shake the walls,
Or the floor beneath your feet.
My voice and guitar carry
Well enough for you to hear.
You donít have to shout,
And you donít have to plug your ears.

I rarely play in cities.
I prefer the country towns,
The places overlooked
By the bands of great renown.
If I am well received,
Then I will want to come again.
If I had more exposure,
Iíd be famous, but till then,

Iím not on the radio,
Or MTV, or cable.
I donít have a booking agent
Or a major record label.
I will not give up my freedom
Or relinquish my control.
My copyrights are not for sale,
And neither is my soul.

Elmira, New York, 2003



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