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To the Clerks of the Court

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Night before last I played a delightful gathering at a place on the Georgia coast, near Brunswick, called the King and the Prince. The occasion was a conference of Superior Court Clerks from Georgia’s 159 counties. For folks who have to wear suits and handle paper all day, they were some of the most good-natured, lighthearted, enjoyable listeners I’ve ever encountered. I started the set with a song I wrote on the flight from Atlanta to Brunswick, a tribute to the clerks. It is another of those songs that has a lifespan of one performance, but, in response to requests of the clerks, I recorded it this morning so that they might hear it again. I hope y’all enjoy it half as much as I enjoyed being with y’all this week … To Mainstreet Technology, who hosted the event, might I say a sincere thanks for allowing me to be part of the evening.
One other thing – several of you asked about some of the songs I sang. We have a new cd that will be out sometime next week and available here at the website. Most of the songs I sang on Wednesday will be on the disc.

To the Clerks of the Court – April 21, 2010-

Some say it the judges, with their shiny black robes
Or the lawyers and bailiffs who carry the load
But for the system to work, I am here to report
You’ve got to have a good clerk of superior court

You are not called ‘superior’ for no reason at all
You answer our questions and you handle our calls
You file, you arrange, you record and you sort
You’re the clerks of the Georgia Superior courts

Computers are great, but they can’t take the place
A real human voice and a real human face
You are royally good, all you ladies and gents,
Like a queen and her court at the King and the Prince

Warrants and judgments, lis pendens and deeds
You safeguard the past and the data we need
Criminal records, domestic and torts
Are the work of you clerks of Superior courts

When they’re doing their budgets, might the Councils recall
That if you’re not around, there’s no order at all
I hope they’ll supply you the needed support
As a nod to the worth of the clerks of the courts

Your work plays a crucial and critical part
Though you’re often unseen like a beat of the heart
But Main Street is grateful and our mission, in short,
Is to thank you, you clerks of Superior court

Computers are great, but they cannot replace
A real human voice and a real human face
You are royally good, all you ladies and gents,
Like a queen and her court at the King and the Prince

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