The Laughing Policeman


The laughing secret policeman takes you aside

And has a friendly word about your views:

He has a deal of sympathy with them

But these are dangerous days, and adverse news

Could be destabilising in the extreme

Causing a loss of freedom and of order

That far outweighed your personal restraints

And disappointments this side of the border

Where life is easy and it’s fine enough

To preach of civil liberties between

The cultured newspaper read on the train

And watching tigers on the T.V. screen.

He smiles a little like a tiger, though,

But he is not sent out to kill or die

Only to keep the fabric strong and clean

And when it rots, to lie and lie and lie.

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