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The Pious-Bubble Pricker


Some years ago when I was a suit in corporate-land time was that a shiny new MD was appointed to the Biz. A management conference was called and it was going to be the Chosen One’s opportunity to meet, greet and speak to us as one great Fawning Body.

Lights were dimmed in the Hall. The stage was lit. Hubble and bubble died to a murmur. Then, to the strains of Tina Turner – “You’re simply the best” – our new shiny MD took to the stage to address us all. I frantically scanned the aisles for the nearest vomit bucket. The organisers hadn’t had the foresight to put a paper bag on each chair. I was never that MD’s favourite manager.

The moment and my reaction summed up for me a life of Pious-Bubble Pricking.

...an all-time masterpiece...

All of us at times go back to those records that define our youth and one of my greatest listening pleasures has always been The Byrds “Notorious Byrd Brothers” album. I’m listening to it now as I type. I love it and always will….and it includes the anthem of my life, the defining track that will be played as weeping mourners in their thousands sob heart-broken at my passing, as ticker-tape newsreels relay the headline across the world, –

“Wasn’t Born to Follow”………

What’s your life anthem?

24 thoughts on “The Pious-Bubble Pricker

  1. Good story, Al. Good song too, my first time hearing it.
    I’m not sure anyone’s born to follow, I know I wasn’t, all the pomp and circumstance that belonging to a group necessitates of it’s members, especially toward their leaders, just wasn’t for me. I’d have been searching for the barf-bag too.
    Wanna catch a coffee? Chat about life? Then you’ll get my respect.
    But not De-facto.

  2. I have always been told by many I am weird, mysterious or just plain crazy! I tell you I am not a follower…directions are for followers!
    Love the Byrds, great tune but it wouldn’t play here for me so, I shall head to YouTube 😀
    Have a great week!

  3. Easy Rider is great!! I always liked LOVERBOY’S ‘Turn Me Loose’ (I gotta do it my way, or no way at allllllllll)

    1. Thanks, N’n, it sure is a great film. Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting. I’ll drop by your way and check out what you are up to. First though, I got to hear Loverboy….the sentiments echo here. 🙂

  4. Rodger McGuinn had a twelve string guitar it was like nothing I’d ever heard…and the eagles flew in from the west coast..like the byrds they were trying to be free…out in Texas the talk turned to outlaws…Like Willie , and Waylon and me…

  5. I found your blog by accident, however, it’s great, had to comment on this one, I love this song and many other “oldies” 🙂 The anthem of my life? Trouble by Elvis Presley. If you’re looking for trouble, you came to the right place… and my favorite line, the one that really fits me…if you’re gonna start a rumble, don’t you try all alone…
    This is a great post and a great blog.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Katrina, and for the wonderful comment. I hope you enjoy what you find here. I shall wander over to your site too and have a look around. I like your Evis choice……let’s a start a rumble !! 🙂

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