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Downbeat John Kerry sings apology blues

US Secretary of State John F Kerry recently made headlines worldwide for serenading his hosts in China, so here are some suggested lyrics for him:

I don't want to meet any more people - don't want to travel very far,

I just want to sit at home, in the dark, and strum an old guitar.

Sorry, Angela Merkel, for all that spying stuff,

Let's keep this diplomatic, and not start playing rough.

Sorry, Hispanic migrants, but we have to send you home,

We'll pick our own tomatoes, and we'll eat them all alone.

Sorry, South Korea: we don't want your low-cost steel,

We want our unions happy - and to get votes, we have to deal.

Sorry, all of Thailand, for wrecking your economy,

We must destroy someone to keep the liberals off of me.

Sorry, Chinese leaders, for bothering you with this song,

We really, really want your money, so I won't sing it very long.

I don't want to meet any more people - don't want to travel very far,

I just want to sit at home in the dark and strum an old guitar.

Guy Baker

Bangkok


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