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A YEAR OF TOLERANCE


I CAN TOLERATE TAXATION, I CAN TOLERATE THE BANKS
I TOLERATE PAUL KEATING (THOUGH I DON'T GET ANY THANKS)
I CAN TOLERATE THE LIBERALS, BUT I WISH THEY WEREN'T SO BLAND
BUT INTOLERANCE IS SOMETHING THAT I SIMPLY CANNOT UNDERSTAND.

I CAN TOLERATE THE ENGLISH, I CAN TOLERATE THE DUTCH
I CAN TOLERATE THE USA (BUT HONESTLY, NOT MUCH)
I CAN TOLERATE THE ARABIANS, BUT THEY'RE WELCOME TO THEIR SAND,
BUT INTOLERANCE IS SOMETING THAT I SIMPLY CANNOT STAND.

SO WHO'S FOR A YEAR OF TOLERATION?
WHEN THE LION will LIE DOWN WITH THE LAMB
WHEN THE POPE WILL SHAKE HANDS WITH IAN PAISLEY
AND THE RUSSIAN BEAR WILL DANCE WITH UNCLE SAM.

YES, WHO'S FOR A YEAR OF TOLERATION?
WHEN THERE'S PEACE BETWEEN THE LOGGERS AND THE GREENS
WHEN THHOSE OF A REPUBLICAN PERSUASION
WILL BE GLAD TO MEET SUPPORTERS OF THE QUEEN.

I CAN TOLERATE TECHNOLOGY, MIXED BLESSING THOUGH IT BE,
I'LL LEARN TO LIVE WITH THINGS LIKE CD-ROM AND PAY-TV
AND WITH PEOPLE OWNING MOBILE PHONES AND TALKING TILL THEY DROP,
BUT INTOLERANCE IS SOMETHING THAT I SIMPLY CANNOT COP

I CAN TOLERATE THE HIERARCHY, WHEN TAKEN ONE BY ONE.
TWO CHURCHES HAVING WOMEN PRIESTS 1S BETTER FAR THAN NONE.
I CAN TOLERATE LE FEBRE'S CROWD AND OPUS DEI BESIDES
BUT INTOLERANCE IS SOMETHING THAT I SIMPLY CAN'T ABIDE.

SO WHO'S FOR A YEAR OF TOLERATION?
FOR BLACK AND WHITE AND EVERY SHADE BETWEEN,
WHEN TOLERANCE WILL FLOWER IN NORTHERN IRELAND,
AND THE ORANGE IS UNITED WITH THE GREEN.

YES, WHO'S FOR A YEAR OF TOLERATION?
WHEN ARABS WITH ISRAELIS CAN ABIDE,\
WHEN EAST TIMOR'S INDEPENDENT AS A NATION,

AND WE ALL LEARN TO RESPECT THE OTHER SIDE.

I CAN TOLERATE BRUCE RUXTON, I CAN TOLERATE FRED NILE
EVEN COPPERS WHO ROLL OVER, I"LL PUT UP WITH FOR A WHILE.

I'LL TOLERATE BRONWYN BISHOP, NOW HER PROFILE'S VERY SMALL
BUT INTOLERANCE 1S SOME THING I CAN'T TOLERATE AT ALL.

I CAN TOLERATE LAURIE BRERE TON AND THE NOISE OF RUNWAY 3
I'LL PUT UP WITH HINDUSTANI FILMS ON SBS TV
I CAN TOLERATE INFLATION AND THE BILLS I HAVE TO FOOT,
BUT INTOLERANCE IS SOMETHING UP WITH WHICH I WILL NOT PUT.

SO WHO'S FOR A YEAR OF TOLERATION!
WHEN WE TOLERATE THE FOLKS THAT LIVE NEXT DOOR
AND EVEN IF WE'RE SERBS AND THEY'RE CROATION
WE'LL PROMISE NOT TO HATE THEM ANY MORE.

IT'S HARD TO HAVE A YEAR OF TOLERATION
IT'S HARD TO SUFFER FOOLS WITIIOUT A FUSS
BUT THE HARDEST THING IN ALL OF GOD'S CREATION
IS THE JOB THEY HAVE IN PUTTING UP WITH US!

Dermot Dorgan


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