I remember the Coronation, Elizabeth started her rule,
Parties with cakes and jelly, and best, a day out of school.
I remember Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry and Elvis the ‘King’
I know all the words, to all their songs, in front of the mirror, I’d
I remember Marilyn Monroe, I was in lust with Doris Day,
Lurid scenes, in teenage dreams, still get me hot today.
I remember the Russian ‘Sputnick’, blasting into space,
Then the Americans, belatedly, joining in the race.
I remember the start of ‘The Beatles’, ‘Sgt Pepper’
was best I think,
But when did he become a ‘Doctor’, and start selling a fizzy
I remember where I was, when someone shot JFK,
The details of Dallas Plaza, as if it was yesterday.
I remember there was no ‘Starbucks’, no ‘MacDonalds’
The only ‘Burger’ that we knew, was ‘Gessler’ in
I remember Neil Armstrong, “ A great step for mankind”,
Dubious video, of the moon, with footsteps left behind.
I remember the original ‘Live Aid’, with Geldof pushing his luck,
‘F-ing’ and ‘blinding’ on our tv’s, trying
to raise a buck.
I remember the Vietnam conflict, sneaky fighting at ‘Tet’,
America playing it down, just trying to forget.
I remember the end, of the ‘Berlin Wall’, jubilation to be free,
Now East Germans can get ‘MacDonalds’, just like you and me.
I remember Margaret Thatcher, the first woman ‘P.M.’,
She was loved, she was hated, but come ‘The Argies’, she really
I remember when ‘crack’ was something, that happened to your
Not some evil drug, and when we just walked on ‘grass’
I remember ‘Tianamen Square’, in Beiging, so far away,
And when ‘Fish and Chips’, was the only, available ‘Take-Away’
I remember my first long trousers, bare legs covered at last,
And my first kiss, in detail, wet and sticky and fast.
I remember these things so clearly, as in my chair I lay,
So why can’t I remember, where I put my glasses, only yesterday!