Bad pennies is possibly the most complex piece of work I have ever written. It is constructed concurrently around three templates. The initial couplet of each verse is set in sequences of two 4/4 and one 2/4 bars; providing ten beats to work with. The lyric is constructed so that a 'half' or 'vowel' rhyme consistently falls on beats 1, 3, 5, 7, and 8 of each such section. Additionally, the lyrics across each section are written so that each line decreases by one syllable (6,5,4 and 3; before returning to 6 for the final line.) Go on and count them! The bridge is pure word play. Looking for a storyline bizarre enough to suit such a contrived construction, I was delighted when the plot for 'a coin collectors detective novel' set within a four and a half minute song; emerged from a particularly enjoyable bottle of port and some mischievous comments by John and Carolyn Hamilton, in Glen Innes one evening. A work song for those of you who never want to to have to work again.