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And what of the ties, silver,
Signifying dignity and worth.
No adornments, just that which is
Universally accepted as being classy.
Thick framed glasses surrounding eyes which do not see,
Heavy chins surround metabolisms that do not digest,
The callouses and resentments of a third-string bassist.
All come together, now,
To play Bach's Fourth Brandenburg
In G Major, like the Third
But with some wind instruments for a goddamn change
Presenting the expiated soul of a nation
Caught between two extremes.

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