Don’t pay the Ferryman

The role that the franchise bar plays is an ancient one. Not all debts are settled with folding money and you should try not to, permanently, ransom your future life to avoid pain in the present.

Franchising is a tremendous adventure: Maybe even more if the outcome is a surprise.

Don’t Pay the Ferryman, Chris de Burgh

It was late at night on the open road, speeding like a man on run
A lifetime spent preparing for the journey.
He is closer now and the search is on, reading from a map in the mind:
Yes there’s that ragged hill and there’s a boat on the river.
And when the rain came down, he heard a wild dog howl
There were voices in the night
(Don’t do it!)
Voices out of sight
(Dont’t do it!)
Too many men have failed before, whatever you do;

Don’t pay the ferryman!
Don’t even fix a price!
Don’t pay the ferryman
Until he gets you to the other side.

In the rolling mist, then he gets on board, now there’ll be no turning back
Beware that hooded old man at the rudder.
And then the lightning flashed and the thunder roared,
and people calling out his name,
And dancing bones that jabbered-and-a-moaned on the water.
And then the ferryman said “There is trouble ahead,
So you must pay me now.”
(Don’t do it!)
“You must pay me now.”
(Don’t do it!)
And still that voice came from beyond, whatever you do;

Don’t pay the ferryman!
Don’t even fix a price!
Don’t pay the ferryman
Until he gets you to the other side.

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