Ten Pence Story
Out of the melting pot, into the mint;
Not the most ceremonious release
My lowest ebb was a seven month spell
When they fished me out I made a few phone calls,
Once I came within an ace of the end
and every transaction flashed before me
Some day I know I'll be bagged up and sent
which is sad. All coins have dreams. Some castings
My own ambition? Well, that was simple:
Those with faith in the system say 'don't quit,
Taken from Kid
Have you ever heard anyone say, "A bad penny always turns up..."The proverb, also used allusively in simile and metaphor (see quot. 1766), refers to the predictable, and usually unwelcome, return of a disreputable or prodigal person after some absence.
Like a bad penny it returnd, to me again.
[1766 A. Adams in L. H. Butterfield et al. Adams Family Correspondence (1963) I. 55]
Bring back Darsie?
Little doubt of that—the bad shilling is sure enough to come back again.
[1824 Scott Redgauntlet II. ii.]
Just like as not he'll be coming back one of these days, when he's least wanted. A bad penny is sure to return.
[1884 R. H. Thorpe Fenton Family iii.]
Who's dead, when and what did he die of?
Turn up like a bad penny.
[1922 Joyce Ulysses 149]
‘I miss Bart.’
‘Oh, a bad penny always turns up again.’
[1941 A. Updegraff Hills look Down vi.]
‘Stop worrying. The bad pennies always turn up.’
‘Oh, Adrian, I don't think she's a bad penny, not really.’
[1979 G. Mitchell Mudflats of Dead iii.]
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