June 7, 2013

I Dreamed A Dream, Where I Finally Got ...A Job?!


Inspired by a dream I had last night, and the song and scene from Les Miserables - where Fantine is left alone, unemployed, and destitute.



There was a time when employers were kind
When their standards were not lost
And their interviews enticing . . .



There was a time when my applications shined!
And jobseeking was a song
And the song was exciting!




There was a time  . . . .Then it all went wrong.


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I dreamed a dream of time gone by,
When despite high unemployment -
Life was worth living!



I dreamed that job offers would never die
I dreamed that Centrelink would be forgiving!





Then I was young and unafraid
And dreams were made and used and wasted ...
There was no mutual obligation to be paid
And applications were simply cut and pasted!

Last night I dreamed I finally got a job!
In a mega corporation ...

Where Mark Bouris was CEO!

And he took me in his stride ...
And personally showed me .....Around the organization!


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And we were getting on so well!
With all the small-print done and dusted
But why was Geraldine Doogue there?
And why were we in a fire station?





Didn't know anything about the salary!
 Or what my duties were,
Or even how I got the job?
Or whether the place had a car-park?
And was it permanent,
Part-time?  ...Or, casual?
Didn't know if I got a lanyard?
And did the office politics have a manual?


 And did I need a uniform?
And why was I being driven around -
in the back seat of a car with Mr Bouris? (hooly dooly)

But it was all sooo good!

And I even think I had blonde hair!


It's what happens when you fall asleep!
With the radio on .... 
And in your pre-dawn slumber
You subliminally take in a RadioNational interview,
Between Mark Bouris and Geraldine Doogue!


But it was all gone when morning came
And still I dream that job will come to me!
That we will work the years together!
But there are dreams that cannot be!
And there are bills and chills I cannot weather . . .




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I had a dream my life would be,
So different, from this strange way I'm living
So different now, from what it seemed
Now 6% unemployment has killed the dream I dreamed.













With respect and apologies to songwriters: Herbert Kretzmer, Alain Boublil of the original, I Dreamed a Dream.











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Video clip:  Les Miserables cast: I dreamed a dream 







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