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(Following the enormous success of my previous post "Villanelle for a Shed" among you fellow shedren, I have decided to treat the world to a re-post of my classic "Your First Hut is the Cheapest", an original cruelly stolen from me by Cat Stevens, PP Arnold, Rod Stewart etc)


I could have bought a good shed from the start

But I got one from the Exchange and Mart

Now the buggers started falling apart

So now I need to buy another shed

I’ll buy a better shed this time cos I know

Your first hut is the cheapest

I’ve learnt so I know

Your first hut is the cheapest

But cheapest often means that it is worst

I should have gone for quality from the first

And, of course, I never got reimbursed

So need to buy another shed.


I’m getting roof felt a gale won’t remove

I’m getting flooring that’s been tongued and grooved

With a kite-mark that’s BS-approved

Cos I know that I’ve to buy a better shed…..


I’ll get the cladding in best pine ship-lap

To ensure there’s no knots and no gaps

I’ve learned my lesson  - I’ll no buy no crap

Cos I know that I’ve to buy a better shed…..




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John Coopey

Fri 13th Jan 2017 11:38

Thank you, Claire.
I see you've registered. Are you going to post on here?

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claire crossdale

Fri 13th Jan 2017 09:56

Clever poem and delightful performance last night in Donny's Brewery & Tap. Thanks John.

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John Coopey

Thu 12th Jan 2017 19:31

Many thanks, MC. I don't have all mod cons but I have most mod cons.

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M.C. Newberry

Thu 12th Jan 2017 18:09

Compliments feel superfluous when enjoying anything
from this source - so I can only add the following in tune.
"And if you've got a fridge and a good writing table,
And much more besides if you feel able,
Adorned with photos of Lamour and Betty Grable,
You're much better off living in a shed...

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John Coopey

Wed 11th Jan 2017 11:50

Thanks Colin. I believe E&M has morphed onto the web these days.

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John Coopey

Wed 11th Jan 2017 10:11

Graham - I fear the Exchange and Mart reference will be lost on those less mature and good-looking than ourselves. Is it still going?

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Graham Sherwood

Wed 11th Jan 2017 09:49

Genius first verse! A shed load of talent!!

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