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You can’t beat Wellington on a good day Edit

By John Burrows

The wind is howling through the trees

The ferry can’t sail the mountainous seas

I’m wading through rainwater up to my knees

At the junction of Jervois and Customhouse Quays

But I’m smiling ‘cos I know what they say –

You can’t beat Wellington on a good day.

A gale-force wind roars off the sea

And rips my belongings away from me

My papers fly down Lambton Quay My overcoat hangs from a tree

But she’ll be right, it’ll be okay –

You can’t beat Wellington on a good day.

I walk out to Panama Takeaway

Passing civil servants on the way

Their faces and their suits are grey

The weather’s depressing and so are they.

Bureaucrats and lousy weather –

They really go quite well together.

You can’t beat Wellington on a good day,

And you can’t beat the bureaucrats ever.

This morning dawned the best I’ve seen

The sky was blue, the grass was green

Sun sparkled on the harbour’s sheen

But it was just a taste of what might have been

It was pissing down by 12.15.

That good day in Wellington suddenly went

I’d mark that one at 50%.

Today however the weather’s calmer

I gaze on the lovely panorama

When into my office comes Geoffrey Palmer

He looks at Oriental Bay

I bet I know what he’s going to say –

“John, you can’t beat Wellington on a good day.”

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