who was fierce as St Ignatius of Antioch / who knew about radar equations and how to skive
I was scared of my future father-in-law / who was fierce as St Ignatius of Antioch
I was scared of my future father-in-law / who knew about radar equations and how to skive

together with its attendant reddish-brown bugs / and the room’s array of light switches
we shared a double bed once / together with its attendant brownish bugs
we shared a double bed once / and the room’s array of light switches

he smoked daily two packets of cigarettes/ and drank daily 20 cups of Brook Bond
‘Dad’ sold me a Smith’s portable record player / he smoked daily two packets of cigarettes
‘Dad’ sold me a Smith’s portable record player / and drank daily 20 cups of Brook Bond

so he took apart the fountain of wires / so he added solder to the connections
when I tried the headphones only one side worked / so he took apart the fountain of wires
when I tried the headphones only one side worked / so he added solder to the connections

that pre-dated my birth in Aldershot / that pre-dated the birth of the 78 in 1898
using his wooden handled iron / that pre-dated my birth in Aldershot
using his wooden handled iron / that pre-dated the birth of the 78 in 1898

puffing another cigarette / blowing the smoke out with a silent hiss
“As far as I can see they should both work,” he said / puffing another cigarette
“As far as I can see they should both work,” he said / blowing the smoke out with a silent hiss

“Changes” by Jimi Hendrix / the left channel / where the bass came from / still dead
when I listened to a live recording / “Changes” by Jimi Hendrix
when I listened to a live recording the left channel / where the bass came from / still dead