Commentary to the song “Who For What Runs”.
Here is stanza 20:
The first won’t swallow down the tasty piece,
These four runners symbolize the four major religions of the world — Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism and Islam respectively. The fact that the fourth runner threw off his jersey at the finish relates to Porphyry Ivanov, peace be upon him.
Here are the final lines:
The shoulders are apart the shoulder-bones —
This song was written in 1974.