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''The Plight of Alan Yardley''
Before I begin - please note in Britain ''JSA'' means ''Jobseekers Allwance'' - £147-00 per fortnight. Out of that comes mortgage, electricity, water and service charge - easy it aint ! - ''A few bob'' would be ''a few dollars'' in the U.S. ''Flat'' would be ''apartment''
The Plight of Alan Yardley
Do you know Alan Yardley ?
Not his real name - not even hardley
Alan smiles and tells a joke
Yet when he gets home he has to choke
He's on JSA - can't pay his bills
Another victim of today's ills
He wonders how things got so bad
Remembering when he was a lad
For then he had money to spend
Today he cannot comprehend.....
.....why he cannot get a job
He only wants to earn a few bob
To pay the mortgage on his flat
Plus other bills on the mat
I'm sure you know him, I'm sure you do
For Alan is really me......and you....