The Laundry Man by Kenneth Rijock ( Penguin/Random House UK)

Thursday, September 23, 2021

MALTESE FOLK SONG CONTRIBUTED BY ANONYMOUS EXPAT


"Wait for it"  by COSIMO


                                                 THE DEVIL WENT DOWN TO MALTA     

 

The devil went down to Malta, he was looking for a Soul to steal,                                                             

He was in a bind, because he was way behind,

And he was willing to make a deal.


When he came upon his young man on a computer, collecting bribes, and playing it hot,   

The devil jumped up on a fireproof safe,

And said " boy, let me tell you what."     


"I guess you didn't know it, but I'm a laundry man too.  

And if you care to take a dare, I'll  make a bet with you.

Now you work a pretty good hustle boy,

but give the Devil his due.

I'll bet a safe of Euros against your Soul.

'Cause I think I'm better than you."


The boy said "My name's Joey, and it might be a sin,

But I'll take your bet, you're gonna regret,

Cause I'm the best l-man that's ever been."


"Joey, open up sour screen, and play your keyboard hard

'Cause Hell's broke loose in Malta, and the Devil deals the cards

And if you win, you get this shiny car bomb made of Gold

But if you lose, the Devil gets your Soul."


The devil opened up his laptop, and  he said " Ill start this show."

And fire flew from his fingertips as he moved a million or so

And he dropped bribe proceeds clear across the Pond,

And it landed with a hiss

Then a crew of  his disciples joined in

And cleaned billions without a miss.


When the Devil finished, Joey bowed his head,

"Cause he knew he'd been beat,

he threw off his list of shell companies,

He laid his tablet on the ground at the Devil's feet.


That's the last anyone ever saw of Joey,

For his disappeared that day,

But someone said Bobby came and opened that safe,

But Joey's red hand reached out and pulled him inside,

as it snapped shut forever, they say.

                                                               Satanic Display by COSIMO
 


 







                                  



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