The silver flash of a swinging axe
There in the mid-day sun
And to end each swing the steely ring
Told of a job well done

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At the end of each arc it found its mark
And released torment from the soul
As each solid thunk took a generous chunk
From a Nalcor hydro pole

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Then came the police whose palms were greased
With the corporations gold
Then uncontested they arrested
The perpetrator we were told

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The news report said they brought to court
one Dennis Woodrow Burden
Who stood that day and had his say
And ’tis no doubt we all heard ‘en

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Well you can bet that a date was set
To appear before the court
When the date came around guilty he was found
As we listened to the report

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The price to pay was determined that day
At the amount of about eight grand
We don’t know why it was so high
And I guess we’ll never understand

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But late last fall I know we all
Heard that old axe ring
And it seems to me the final fee
Was about a thousand bucks a swing

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Don’t worry Dennis ‘cause all of us
Will help you with your fine
Then one day we might all have a say
And chop down the whole damned line