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The Man Who Wasn't There


In Hollywood, the twenties were
    A grand, excessive time
Where handsome guys and luscious gals
    Mimed love in scenes sublime.

John Gilbert bested many men
    To star with Miss Garbo—
An envious position when
    He kissed her, long and slow.

Yet he was quite an actor, as
    In Vidor's Big Parade.
In battle scenes, his valor seemed
    Quite real, not masquerade.

But these were silent films, of course.
    When talkies came to town
Cher Gilbert stumbled, his poor voice
    Unsuitable to sound.

While Greta's accent charmed their fans
    John's didn't. Though unfair,
She kept her fame . His rôle became
    The Man Who Wasn't There.

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Trigger 49, Form T (Ballad)

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