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Jump on Johnny

A wagon full of them happened to pass by mine at dawn Their voices raised as one attuned to match the demands of the current social trends "Jump on Johnny jump on" they beckoned invitingly at me A very different tune to their staple "Go home Johnny just go back where you came from" Taken aback as I was, I reckoned such a chance could come handy in time Sure beats the "crawl under that rock Johnny play dead for now" "Just while the flights are cancelled at least" So I quickly jumped on that bandwagon without a second thought, that's what I did Went along for the ride and pledged my loyalty to them on that day Out on some patriotic duty or so, that's the claim they made A joint noble cause, I figured could make a fertile ground to sow the seed of a much needed united front It sure felt good to be included for a little while Until their strongman deemed it the perfect time to gorge my eyes out, much to my utter dismay He swore it was proof of dedication Anything to fit in, I thought to myself But I soon found out thinking wasn't allowed either There was a ready made agenda to be followed by all of us, in place Worded just right to fit its purpose All we had to do was regurgitate it over and over on demand Till it turned into our only truth And to be sure to spread it about Anyone who disagreed with it was bound to be a traitor of sorts It was the way of the order or the highway To make the cut all you had to do was strap on a pair of blinkers "Rest your sights on the insides of the glorious tunnel, to reset your view Then all will be well with you!" That was our slogan by the way Rather catchy don't you think? Unfortunately my conscience wouldn't have any of it Being brainwashed somehow failed to catch its fancy I soon found myself longing for the old songs "Crawl under that rock Johnny play dead for now" "At least until the flights are back on air" Then it will be "go home Johnny! just go back where you came from" Fitting in, for sure carried a price tag too heavy for my pocket

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