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We’re Making Our Own Entertainment: An exclusive new poem by Luke Wright

July 10, 2013 | by Faber Social

Tags: Beck, Edinburgh, Luke Wright, Song Reader

Kick the slanket, fling the flicker
telly’s bile makes you bitter
paper, scissors, pens and glitter
we’re making our own entertainment.

Don’t become a connoisseur
of crappy culture’s drip-fed bleurgh
rip out, rip out that catheter
we’re making our own entertainment.

Bedroom DJs, microbloggers
stars of YouTube, Etsy floggers
here’s to all the CAN-be-bothereds
we’re making our own entertainment.

Don’t buy an album, learn to play it!
Creative juice: uncork then spray it
“I’m an ARTIST.” Go on. Say it!
We’re making our own entertainment

We’re making our own entertainment
like our parents claimed they did
it’s a dangerous arrangement
but we’re letting loose our ids.

Burn your box and kill the old ways
pimp your soul by spending whole days
in immersive complex role plays
we’re making our own entertainment.

Make beauty from your strife and pain
your artsy output’s not in vain
you’ll never buy a gift again
I made you this.
We’re making our own entertainment

Keep it sketchy, rough, unplanned
I think the punks would understand:
Here’s three chords, now form a band
we’re making our own entertainment.

Pierce the cling film? Fuck off Fred!
I’m gonna hunt a deer instead
then serve it up with home made bread
we’re making our own entertainment.

We’re making our own entertainment
we’re baking our way out of stress
we’re making our own entertainment
we’re knitting back to happiness.

Think leisure time, think interactive
tailor it, it’s nothing drastic
one part truth, one sticky-back plastic
we’re making our own entertainment.

Join a choir, learn the flute
paint likenesses of nudes and fruit
come on, let’s take the scenic route
we’re making our own entertainment.

© Luke Wright.

Written for and performed at Beck’s Song Reader gig at The Barbican, 4 July 2013.

Mondeo Man by Luke Wright is out now. Luke Wright’s new show, Essex Lion, hits Edinburgh Festival from 1 August, and is previewing at national venues before then. Full dates and ticket details are here.