THE RECORD THAT HAD TO BE


Neither Neil Diamond nor Barbra Streisand
Had recorded a duet before,

In fact, neither one of the two of them
Had opened collaboration's door,

Two urgent calls from their respective agents
Told them what was going around,

A fabricated duet on the black market
Sold like hotcakes -- no royalties found,

They saw the writing on the proverbial wall --
Quickly recorded the authentic thing,

Now they reap the profits of legitimate labor --
Only we know the truth when they sing.

Author's note: "You Don't Send Me Flowers Anymore."

by D. Edgar Murray 07/01/2000.