Dear Mr. Galileo, please forgive the long delay-o
You see we’ve been quite busy trying to settle an old schism
And of late we’ve had financial and other matters consequential
That demanded prompt attention though it was our best intention
To have let you know much sooner before the recent bout of rumours
That we fear we were too hasty with your excommunication
And in light of further knowledge and much discussion in the college
We’ve reassessed the situation and wish now in expiation
To revoke your former sentence and in a spirit of repentance
To extend our approbation of your cosmic explanation
And again we beg your pardon realizing its been hard on
A man of your education to have a tarnished reputation
And we trust if in the future your ideas need some nurture
That you’ll have no hesitation to discuss the situation
With our confidential experts and hopefully we may avert
The long deliberation of such sacred litigation
And we send with deepest amity our best wishes for eternity
And we trust your suffering will cease and your soul forever rest in peace.

Never Learned to Dance – Green Linnet, GLCD 1124
Words and Music, Robbie O’Connell © 1983
Slievenamon Music (BMI)