Mad Martins

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My 'Life'

 

Lyrics

This is the life of Jonathan Martin, written by himself;
A finer book you'll never read, nor sit upon your shelf:
Please forgive the grammar, of this illiterate man;
For I aim to bring you closer to God's glory, if I can.

My life is here, for all to see;
Printed in ink, for all to read:
Fine copperplate engravings I include;
To illustrate the glory I've accrued.

I've one for the master,
One for the dame,
One for each little lad,
And one for the lame:
Fourteen thousand copies
I have sold to date;
Grab a copy while you can,
Before it is too late.

I tramp the fair lands
Of Darlington, York and Leeds;
Spreading forth the bounty
Of God's holy seeds.

You will notice me, if by you I should pass;
For just like our Saviour, I ride upon an ass:
My sealskin cape is lined outside with fur;
I wonder why you people mock and stare.

So come all you tramps and hawker lads,
Come all you bounders and you cads;
Come each and all, you ladies and you gents;
I present my ‘Life’, for the small sum of sixpence.

I've one for the master,
One for the dame,
One for each little lad,
And one for the lame:
Fourteen thousand copies
I have sold to date;
Grab a copy while you can,
Before it is too late.

And now to close,
I've one final thought to send;
I pray my wanderings and sorrows
Are now at an end.


(Lyrics & Music: Gary Miller)

© 2017 Whippet Records

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Recording Credits

Gary Miller - Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Cabassa
Iain Petrie - Electric Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Glockenspiel, Bass Guitar, Drums, Tambourine, Shaker, Backing Vocals
Dick Spittal - Saxaphone

 

My Dream of My Foot Cut Off by the Command of the Princess and the King
[ink and wash on paper], Jonathan Martin, 1829.
Bethlem Museum of the Mind.

The Son of Bonaparte [engraving], Jonathan Martin, 1826.
In: The Life of Jonathan Martin, Tanner, by Himself, 2nd Edition,
Jonathan Martin, 1826. [frontispiece].

 

Angel with Arrow, Jonathan Martin.