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Three Minute Song

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My people rang me up a couple of weeks ago
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Yeah, I’ve got people; and a phone; and a grasp on the passage of time
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Yeah they rang me up, said “Tim, will you go on Ruth Jones show
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They want you to sing a song, it’ll be fine, fine, fine”
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But the problem with my particular œuvre,
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Is that half my songs are five minutes and over.
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And the wisdom here at the BBC,
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Is that viewers switch off if you go past three,
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And a lot of my songs have a bit of bad language,
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Which causes the viewers untold anguish,
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It seems their tolerance for smuttiness is reserved,
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For pussy puns on ‘Are You Being Served?’.
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And so I need a song that only goes for three minutes,
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Without no bums or blasphemy in it,
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A lovely little song specifically written for the delicate skin of middle-class Britain.
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I need a song with a chorus and a verse,
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With no nasty-ass cussin’ and a-cursin’,
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And I’m a little too lewd and a little too long,
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I’ve gotta find myself a three-minute song.
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And they said, “Remember boy that music is like love-making
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it’s simply self-indulgent to take it past three minutes.
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Remember boy that music is like love-making,
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Everybody loves a pianist, but length must have a limit…
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So you need a song that only goes for three minutes,
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Without no pornography or politics in it,
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You’re a little verbose and a little bit wrong,
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You’ve gotta find yourself a clean, limit, three-minute song”.
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Three-hundred beats at a hundred beats-per-minute,
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With nice clean jokes and a hoedown in it,
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Something for the telly that never, ever fails,
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To appease the viewers of BBC Wales.
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And even in the bridge I won’t be lyrically adventurous,
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intellectually unmention-ous, or racially contentious,
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And I won’t make double entendres at the expense of the Chinese,
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For China is a country that can bring me to my knees.
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For China, For China, Vagina, Vagina,
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Vagina is a cunt-ry that will bring us to our knees.
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Ooh, Mr. Humphries, my pussy is all wet! (Fake laugh) Two… Three… Fore-skin
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I need a little happy-clappy country song,
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Nice and repetitive and not too long,
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Boring enough, but not too boring,
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With a key change here to prevent me snoring.
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I need a song that is only three minutes,
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Without no buggery or blasphemy in it,
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Something with a pleasing rhyme and rhythm,
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Well, if you can’t beat ‘em, get conservative with ‘em.
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Oh-oh, I need a song that causes no offense,
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To flog more tickets to my concerts,
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By convincing the viewer that musical satire,
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Hasn’t progressed since Victor Borge,
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You’ve got a telly and I want to be in it,
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But apparently you’ll only watch for three minutes.
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Yeah, apparently you’ll only watch for three…