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The Cheese

from Old Dogs by Thaddeus Spae

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Scotty Moore meets Mose Allison at a juke joint run by Les Paul. Merriment ensues.

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The good guy gets the goodies
the squeaky wheel gets the grease
the early bird gets the squirmy worm
but the second mouse gets the cheese

The Springtime gets the sunshine
The Wintertime gets the freeze
The oyster gets the shiny pearl
But the second mouse gets the cheese

Make haste make space make merry
Take heed take heart take hope
Wash out your sins with holy blood
But wash your hands with soap

The Big Boss gets the big bucks
The big dog gets the fleas
The birthday boy gets to cut the cake
But the second mouse gets the cheese

Be thankful and be tranquil
Be calm and circumspect
avoid that strife and trust in life
but always cut the deck

Historians get the last word
the thief gets all she sees
the knight may get that princess yet
But the second mouse gets the cheese

assume the best expect the rest
But the second mouse gets the cheese

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from Old Dogs, released August 7, 2020

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Thaddeus Spae Seattle, Washington

A 40-year veteran of the Folk Wars, Thaddeus Spae has played venues from Tipitina's to the EMP. He's an award-winning songwriter whose works range from quirky to literate, guardedly sentimental to outraged and sarcastic, performed on a panoply of instruments acoustic and electric, in a profligate variety of styles encompassing folk, hard rock, jazz, blues, electronic and more. Website: tspae.com. ... more

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