Saturday, 12 October 2013

Annabel Lee visits Blackpool

00:00:00 Posted by Ashley Lister , , 3 comments
 a collaboration between Edgar Allan Poe and Ashley Lister

 It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
By the name of Annabel Lee
And she worked by the tower, for three quid an hour
Near that bingo that sells the cheap tea.

I’d just left school and she’d just left school
In this kingdom by the sea
This was back in an age, before minimum wage
I and my Annabel Lee
When three quid an hour, wasn’t bad by the tower
In this kingdom by the sea

We worked day-long shifts, selling rock and crap gifts
I and my Annabel Lee
We worked all summer-through, flogging plastic dog-poo
To those visiting by the sea.
And we loved with a love that was more than a love
I and my Annabel Lee
With a love that the managers’ watching above
Coveted her and me.

And this was the reason that, long ago
In this kingdom by the sea
That the bosses, those tossers, who wielded the power
Came down from their seats in their ivory tower
Decrying and lying, defying belief
Blaming her, claiming that she was a thief
And sacking my Annabel Lee
Cruelly firing – no chance of rehiring –
My beautiful Annabel Lee.

But our love it was stronger by far than the love
Of those bosses that tore us apart
Yes, she’d taken some stock, Twenty gross of cheap rock
But she also had stolen my heart
And some cuddly toys, And kids hats for small boys
But she also had stolen my heart
And a case of key rings, And some other cheap things
But she also had stolen my heart

Now the moon never beams, without bringing me dreams
Of my beautiful Annabel Lee.
She works on a car boot, selling dodgy nicked loot
From this kingdom by the sea
And the managers watching, covetously above
Can never dissever my soul from the love
Of my beautiful Annabel Lee
And, cos I keep supplying, the stuff that she’s buying
In this kingdom by the sea.
Our love is uplifting, because I keep shoplifting

For my beautiful Annabel Lee.


Colin Davies said...

A Poe styled crime thriller.


Lindsay said...

I remember this from somewhere I'm sure! Great stuff Ash :)

Ashley R Lister said...

Colin - thank you :-)

Lindsay - I used this as part of my final year portfolio. Thanks for remembering it ;-)