Cycling from East to West

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Cycling from East to West, Deptford Bridge to Hammersmith, I’ve got to be there in fifty-five minutes
I want to live, I want to live
I’ve got so much love to give and if
I am a little bit late, so be it
Cycling down the A 2 Traffic jam elbows on window frames I jump a red light someone calls me a fucking nob, fucking knob
A policeman pulls me over and gives me a £50 fine, I’m really cross but he’s just doing his job, doing his job
I cut between a bus and a truck and my elbows brush and I’m cutting it really fine
And the ochre exhaust fumes shoot rainbows in the late afternoon sunshine
Elephant and Castle, people on the pavement, Waterloo sunset, drunken sailor says he’s just been fired, he’s just been fired
The Soho Scene and the boheme crowd yeah there’s drinking out loud and I think that I’m inspired, it makes me inspired
Trafalgar Square down the Mall past the ICA Buckingham palace and the tourists say hello
They want to take a picture,
of a traditional British hipster
don’t you know
Constitution hill under Wellington Arch cross the road under the other arch and into Hyde Park,
Lovely Hyde Park
A middle aged man in lycra calls me a twat because I’ve got no lights and it’s getting dark, it’s getting dark
A pair of swans on the serpentine necks make a heart shape valentine by the banks where the lovers kiss
And the last rays of sunset catch a fox's back as he rummages through the rubbish of the rich
And it don’t get better than this,
When the last rays of sunset catch a fox’s back as he rummages through the rubbish of the rich


from The Universe Unfolds, released February 28, 2017



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