Vote for Guy Fawkes

Vote for Guy Fawkes
the only man to enter parliament with honest intention

Good guys and bad guys
guys great and small
wise guys and fall guys
tough guys and all
Guy the Gorilla
Guy Gibson VC
Guy Mitchell
Guy Burgess
are just guys to me
but there is one guy
who has my assent
and he was the guy who
with honest intent
in Westminster Palace
on November the fifth
piled high gunpowder
or so goes the myth
to blow up the King
Commons Bishops and Lords
and flush out the chambers
of rogues cheats and frauds

Good Guys and bad guys
guys great and small
wise guys and fall guys
tough guys and all
Guy the Gorilla
Guy Gibson VC
guy ropes and guide-dogs
mean much more to me
but there is one guy
who has my assent
and he was the guy who
with honest intent
imagined the glory
in sixteen-oh-five
of MPs in orbit
debating on high
a perpetual motion
and all of them shot
up into the heavens
by his gunpowder plot

Good guys and bad guys
guys great and small
wise guys and fall guys
tough guys and all
Guy the Gorilla
Guy Gibson VC
it’s the guy on the bonfire
who’s the guy dear to me
yes he is the guy
who gets my assent
the one guy in parliament
with honest intent
to end the corruption
of Monarch and Peers
the misrule and vainglory
of land-owning heirs
who passed laws for the lawless
who weighed-down the weak
forbade freedom of thought
and the freedom to speak
yes Guy Fawkes is the guy
who gets my nomination
yet whose life is remembered
not by celebration
but instead is the blaze
of annual cremation

Jeff Cloves

Originally published as Zoot Poster No.5 – November 1993

The gunpowder Plot was a damp squib but the Government decreed
that Guy Fawkes’ execution must be remembered annually.
I understand this act has never been repealed.


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