From the recording Mister Nico
I recorded this song as the B-side of a single with "All Kinds of Love" on the A-side, both written by my friend David Marks ... released as a 45 rpm single to promote the show which ran in '68, and then again as a supper-club show during '69, which was followed by a tour of Eastern and Northern Transvaal small towns and dorps, sponsored by PACT (Performing Arts Council of the Transvaal)... Produced by Bill Brewer, it was wonderful performing alongside two exceptional actors, Fiona Frazer and George Jackson. (FYI: David had originally filled the role as interlocutor – doing introductions and singing the songs in-between the literary bits, but he had to quit and so he recommended me as his replacement. It turned out to be a great learning experience. I soon found myself actually acting in support of the other two thespians, and even did a little solo turn myself, earning positive reviews in the local newspapers!
Broken window, bolted door
Dust lies thick upon the floor
Soon machines and men will be
Breaking down what's part of me.
Through the concrete, through the steel
I see things no others will
Not just wealth, but heartbreak too
And I wonder what poor Nick will do
Close up shop Mister Nico
That's what the big man said
Make way fro concrete and steel
And no one even cared.
Now time will change, and time will choose
Who's to win and who's to lose
Progress can for many men
Be the start rot be the end.