The bookseller’s song

(or In praise of ISBNs)

National Bookshop DayI’ve written this in honour of booksellers for Australia’s National Bookshop Day (this Saturday 11 August).

It’s to be sung to the tune of The Cure’s Catch, with apologies to my secular god, Robert Smith. (Please don’t sue.) If you don’t know the song, you can watch The Cure’s video for Catch on YouTube.

Ahem. *Clears throat.* Here goes.

The bookseller’s song

“No I don’t recall the author’s name.
The title? I’m not really sure.
But I hope you can find this book for me,
or I’ll just try another store.”

“You know I maybe think it’s about a guy …
a guy who goes off to war.
The cover might have been mostly grey,
but I can’t think of any more.”

And she used to read quite a lot.
That girl was always reading
again and again.
But although she sometimes knew the colour,
she never knew the author’s name.

And readers will spend Thursday night
just browsing the books in the store.
And even though they don’t
buy much at the time,
I never show them to the door.

You know I might even beat Amazon.
I made it through the GST*.
But I’ll need many more buyers
If I’m to survive piracy.

And she used to read quite a lot.
That girl was always reading
again and again.
But although she sometimes knew the colour,
she never knew the author’s name.

Yes they sometimes even know the colour,
but never know the bloody name.

© JD Ellevsen


*Goods and Services Tax

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