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I Don't Care What Jackie Wilson Said

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The man
I Don't Care What Jackie Wilson Said
January 23, 2006 07:17AM
I Don't Care What Jackie Wilson Said

Jackie Wilson said - it was reet petite
Before collapsing in a coma onstage on his feet
But now that Jackie Wilson's dead
I don't care what Jackie Wilson said

I've noticed since my earliest days
How fate and justice conspire always
To deprive the living of any raise
And confer upon the dead their praise
So now that Jackie Wilson's dead
I don't care what Jackie Wilson said

When he was alive he was praised by none
But now he's dead he's reached number one
Though while his life hung on a thread
No one cared what Jackie Wilson said

I remember in another age
When Craig Douglas was all the rage
How Jackie Wilson's records were banned
By the broadcasting buffoons who control this land
And Gene McDaniels went the same way
While Craig cleaned up with 100 pounds of clay
And now that Jackie Wilson's dead
I don't care what Jackie Wilson said

For now every miserable ill-informed punk
Whoops it up gaily to Troublefunk
And wear Jackie Wilson like a badge of pride
When they're already quite dead inside
Like Jackie himself cut off in his stride
Who lay on his bed and died ere he died
And now that Jackie Wilson's dead
I don't care what Jackie Wilson said

For even today nobody knows
Billy Ward And The Dominoes
While Peter Holt with his prattling chatter
Makes disparaging remarks about Clyde mcPhatter
And now that Jackie Wilson's dead
I don't care what Jackie Wilson said

Jackie Wilson said - but that's in the past
In his bed he lay - alone at last
For now that Jackie Wilson's dead
I don't care one f uck what Jackie Wilson said

Peter L Simons - January 1987
Originally published in Sounds, January 1987
papa ray
Re: I Don't Care What Jackie Wilson Said
January 23, 2006 07:42PM
Jackie Wilson say stop doggin' him around.

He also had a life far better than many, perhaps the vast majority,
he was a star, had a multi-decade career, collapsed on stage.
Many, many people would like one spoonful of what Jackie Wilson
got to have every day for many years.

But if your point is along the lines of 'they honor the dead & bury the living',
I can go w/ that.

JW just always seemed a real star to me, and neither collapsing into a coma
while feverishly performing, or not being known by punks, informed or otherwise,
alters that.

Finally, what's wrong w/ Troublefunk???
The man
Re: I Don't Care What Jackie Wilson Said
January 24, 2006 05:22AM
Ray, nothing really wrong with Troublefunk, only they were the flavour of the moment when I wrote this poem...and really they can't compare with Billy Ward And The Dominoes.

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papa ray
Re: I Don't Care What Jackie Wilson Said
January 24, 2006 06:46AM
True dat. By the by, given your poetic conceit, are(were)you a fan
of Morrison's?
The man
Re: I Don't Care What Jackie Wilson Said
January 24, 2006 01:31PM
I like both Jim and Van, Ray.

Observer
papa ray
Re: I Don't Care What Jackie Wilson Said
January 24, 2006 04:11PM
Ahh, but only Van the man sang 'bout JW.
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