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For Violet, On Your 14th Birthday

(From one Sparks fan to another)

When do I get to sing “happy birthday”?
When do I get to sing “and many more”?

In these times of angst, what thing SPARKS joy?
A senseless time, gratuitous, indiscreet.
A steady drip, drip, drip of propaganda
And plagiarism! And it seems that all
We do now is dick around, lost as a hippo
With a lawnmower, dreaming of cool places,
Hanging onto the calm before the storm.

When do I get to sing “happy birthday”?
When do I get to sing “and many more”?

With all our might, we sing in the shower
Music we can dance to, while our occupation
Rules our lives and we strive to beat the clock,
Beat the clock, beat the clock. But I predict
Things will change. I predict we will give it up.
No more amateur hour. Time for a wonder girl,
A girl with everything, to get into the swing
And live la dolce vita! Yes, time for a big surprise.

When do I get to sing “happy birthday”?
When do I get to sing “and many more”?

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