The Man In A Govt. Suit

Patrick Cannell 2012

The man in a government suit,
You've got it all but you don't want to give yourself away.
The man in a government suit,
You'd pay a call but you don't even know the time of day.

Daisy and Desmond hand in hand.
Ask or protection, I can't give you any.
First lose the lower, then gain the upper hand.

The man in a government suit,
You'd like to emulate your uncle but he won't show you the way.
The man in a government suit,
You've seen it all but you don't want to tell your tale today.

Daisy and Desmond hand in hand.
Ask for directions, I can't give you any.
It's not that hard to get lost in your back yard.

The man in a government suit,
You'd give advice but you fear that your wisdom won't suffice.
The man in a nummi nah noo,
You'd come apart but your glue has already set too hard.


In a letter from Portsmouth,
the venerable Beef of
Wellington said he'd been
given an eye test from a man
in a government suit. The
phrase lodged in my mind
and became the title of this
song from 1997.