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Haven’t had a dream in a long time. See, the life I’ve had, can make a good man bad

So for once in my life, let me get what I want.
Lord knows, it would be the first time.

These are the words I muttered to myself, while on a Sausage sourcing trip to Manchester, England, way back in early 1963. My late father had yet to meet with his untimely accident, and I was not yet anointed as The Sausage King of Chicago.
I’d just visited yet another English sausage factory, having spent the afternoon fondling mediocre sausage, and was feeling kind of low.

I was lovesick because Mrs Froman didn’t want to marry me while I was just a lowly sausage monkey, rather than the sausage organ grinder. And I was starting to wonder if the pork business really was for me. I was plagued by dark thoughts. And as I wandered down a humble road named Harper Street, I found myself repeating these words:

Haven’t had a dream in a long time. See, the life I’ve had, can make a good man bad.
So for once in my life, let me get what I want.
Lord knows, it would be the first time.

It was kind of like a prayer, and I had my eyes closed. When I open them I see this little kid watching me, while sitting on a tricycle. He must have only been about four years old, but he had some head of hair, with a huge quiff. In his grubby little hand he was grasping a limp daffodil.

The kid watches me for a bit, then pedals off.

Imagine my surprise, many years later, when I hear my words sung on the radio by the English band, The Smiths, in 1985, while I was on another sausage sourcing trip to Manchester. (This time as The Sausage King, of course.)
Imagine my further surprise when I hear an instrumental version of this same song in John Hughes’ 1986 movie, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off!

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