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I'm a Reader and a Writer

Brooker / Reid


Album: none

Picture sleeve

 

Cover-version

Words by
Keith Reid

Best guess as to the words of a song heard once or twice in concert in 1977; this number is one of those missing from the Something Magic album; please mail us if you can decipher these words more clearly.

Sam Cameron notes: did Keith Reid get this from Philip Larkin's review of WH Auden where he quipped that Auden is "more of a reader than a writer" as his poetry was 'forced' rather than 'natural'? It is of note that KR said that Auden was one poet he really identified with, when he was interviewed in 1997 propos the 30th anniversary celebrations. I assumed the title was a reference to the Chuck Berry song I'm a lover not a fighter that goes 'baby don't bell push me', which the Kinks did in their early days. [And let's not forget Gilbert O'Sullivan's album entitled I'm a Writer not a Fighter, which came out in the very early seventies]

I'm a reader and a writer
Not a lover or a fighter
When it comes to push and shove
I'm as peaceful as a dove

I'm a tiger in the night
When I'm talking of the fight
When it comes to trading blows
I'm the first one on my toes

I'm a leopard in a cage
When I'm on the printed page
When it comes to blood and gore
I'm the first one on the floor

I'm a tiger in the night
When I'm talking of the fight
When it comes to trading blows
I'm the first one on my toes

Well I'm a man of stern repute
When the opposition's mute
When I start to lose my grip
I'm the first one off the ship

I'm a tiger in the night
When I'm talking of the fight
When it comes to trading blows
I'm the first one on my toes

I'm a man of stern repute
When the opposition's mute
When I start to lose my grip
I'm the first one off the ship

I'm a tiger in the night
When I'm talking of the fight
When it comes to trading blows
I'm the first one on my toes


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