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5000 Words
This song is about what I do when I'm not writing and singing songs. For the uninitiated: 5000 words is considered to be a very respectable day's work in my profession... THIS SONG IS NOW ON MY NEW CD...




 






















FIVE THOUSAND WORDS
(Lyrics and music by Sharon Neeman)
The clock showed close to quitting time, my desk was almost clear
I thought perhaps I'd slip around the corner for a beer -
But the phone rang and I answered and a friendly voice said "Hi!"
It was the secretary of a legal firm nearby

She said "Oh, please excuse me calling this late in the day
But we have a new petition in a case that's under way
Can you translate it tomorrow? Any time by five will do
'Cause we wouldn't want to give the work to anyone but you

It's only
Five thousand words for tomorrow at five"
I thought "I'll do that easily, I'll scarcely have to strive"
So I smiled and said "No problem, I'll just add it to my bill
And you'll send a check on Friday?" And she said "You know we will."

* * *
I set to work at eight AM, I cut my lunch date short
By five the stuff was ready to be filed before the Court
I sent it off by email and I made a cup of tea -
And the phone rang and I answered and a lawyer said to me:

"I've just leafed through your translation and I think it's very good
And I'd like you to translate an affidavit if you could
It's the size of that petition... well, perhaps a trifle more
And you know that I'd be grateful if you'd have it in by four

It's only
Six thousand words for tomorrow at four"
I thought "I'll get up early, I've a longish day in store"
And I shrugged and said "No problem, I'll just add it to my bill
And you'll send a check on Friday?" And he said "You know we will."

* * *
I hit the desk at seven and I ate my lunch alone
I never touched the Solitaire or gossipped on the phone
At four o'clock I sent it off and shook my weary head
And the phone rang and I answered and the junior partner said:

"I really have to thank you for a job superbly done
And I know you'll be excited 'cause we've got another one:
I've just written my summation, and you know how glad I'd be
If your excellent translation could be on my desk at three

It's only
Eight thousand words for tomorrow at three"
I thought "This won't be easy but I'll have the evening free"
So I sighed and said "No problem, I'll just add it to my bill
And you'll send a check on Friday?" And she said "You know we will."

* * *
I started at five-thirty, and my lunch was just a snack
At three I typed the last few words and sent the email back
I flexed my aching fingers and I silently rejoiced
And the phone rang and I answered and the senior partner's voice said

"You really are a wonder, and your talents are unique
In fact, that's why we've kept you very busy all this week
Now, I know that it's short notice but I must rely on you
For the Judge needs my rebuttal to be on her desk at two

It's only
Ten thousand words for tomorrow at two"
I thought "How can I tell him that it's just too much to do?"
But I groaned and said "No problem, I'll just add it to my bill
And you'll send a check on Friday?" And he said "You know we will."

* * *
I staggered in at four AM, I never ate a bite
But I got it done by two although it was a trifle tight
I was dizzy, I was queasy, and I thought I'd never budge
And the phone rang and I answered and by God it was the Judge!

She said "I know you're tired and I really hate to ask
But there's no one in the city who can do this one last task
I've just handed down my ruling" and she gave a modest cough
"And at one PM tomorrow the courier takes off

It's only
Twelve thousand words for tomorrow at one"
My mind screamed "No, Your Honor! There are things that can't be done!"
But the words came out "No problem, I'll just add it to my bill"
And it's been four months since Friday, and the bastards owe me still!


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