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Nothing Rhymed

[Gilbert O'Sullivan]

This 1970 UK top ten hit by Gilbert O'Sullivan was sung and played by Martin Carthy, who was accompanied on accordion by John Kirkpatrick, as starting track of his 1979 album Because It's There (and reissued in 2001 on The Carthy Chronicles). A reprise repeated the last two verses as second to last album track.

Martin Carthy commented in the Because It's There sleeve notes:

In a rare waking moment, the former President of the USA, Mr Calvin Coolidge was heard to cry out to the effect that half the world's problems would be solved if only people would sit down and keep still. Nothing Rhymed is a song that was written by Gilbert O'Sullivan which is, among other things, about just that and attendant problems.