Song for Jasper

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A Song for Jasper (written for Jasper Newsome by Tony Jackson).

Tony Jackson, Tynewydd, Wales.

Jasper, Cosmic Traveller

HE’S A SADHU FROM BANARES
A TURKOMAN, A JEW
AN ARAB GYPSY FORTUNE TELLER
ALL THE WAY FROM TIMBUKTU
AN AFGHAN QUEEN
SOME MIGHT SAY A WAG
AN URBAN ABORIGINE
A HOTTENTOT IN DRAG

HE’S A SHAMAN, HE’S A MYSTIC
SOME SAY A SCHOLAR AND A GENT
A UNIVERSAL WANDERER
FROM ELI HE WAS SENT
HE ROAMS THE DUSTY ALLEYWAYS
OF THE CITIES OF THE NIGHT
YOU MIGHT JUST CATCH HIS SHADOW
AS HE DISAPPEARS FROM SIGHT

HE’S A DEVIL, HE’S AN ANGEL
HE’S A LAW UNTO HIMSELF
HE HAS NO NEED OF GOLD
POVERTY’S HIS WEALTH
HE’S A TRAVELLER OF THE PATHWAYS
OF THE KABALISTIC TREE
A SHAPE SHIFTING SORCERER
HE’S YOU AS WELL AS ME

HE’S FLOWN ROUND THE PLAEDES
SMOKED HASHISH ON THE MOON
SAT UPON THE BUDDHA’S HEAD
DREAMT DREAMS ON SWEET MAGNOON
HE’S PLAYED CHESS WITH DEATH UPON THE BEACH
BUT NOW HERE’S THE THING
HE’S GLIDING OVER THE FIRMAMENT
ON THE TIP OF AN ANGEL’S WING

HEY THERE MAMA
I THINK I’M GOING INSANE
THEY’RE DESTROYING MY WORLD
BOMBS FALL LIKE RAIN
HE’S HAD ENOUGH OF THIS TRAVELLING
THERE’S NOWHERE LEFT TO ROAM
OPEN YOUR DOOR BILL BAILEY
COS JASPER’S COMING HOME.

HE’S THE BUDDHA OF THE HELL REALMS
THE DRUNKS THE ROUGH THE LOST
HE SHARED HIS PIPE WITH LEPERS
AND DIDN’T MIND THE COST
HE NEVER JUDGED ANOTHER
WALKED BENT UPON A STAFF
BOM SHIVA! I HEAR HIM CRY
AS HE TAKES HIS FINAL BLAST.

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