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They were only saying their prayers...

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They were only saying their prayers

It might have been the other side of the world
and people I'll never know
It might have been folk I'll never meet
and somewhere I'll never go

But the tragic news this morning
hit me like a train
Innocent defenceless people
mercilessly slaughtered again

They were only saying their prayers
just going about their lives
Another attack on humanity
a...

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The kids are alright!

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The kids are alright!

It could be global warming
It could be global greed
But it took the kids to make a stand
To highlight our planet’s hour of need

And the cries went up of truants
How dare they defy what we say
How dare you leave school early
Come back now and stay!

What for? The kids said
Something needs to be done
You grown ups aren’t even bothered
But there’s a battle to be...

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What has light ever done for us?!?

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What has light ever done for us?!?

What has light ever done for us?

Daylight to go about our buisness
Sunlight to keep us warm
Firelight to survive in the wild
Candlelight to weather the storm

Eternal flames to remember those lost
Hillsbrough and millions more in wars
The Aurora Borealis northern lights
The Sun, the Moon and the stars

Headlights, indicators, traffic lights
Neon ...

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Sixth Sense

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Sixth Sense?

Walking through town late at night
My girlfriend hand in hand
Usual Saturday night chaos
Drunken revelry all around

Making our way home
We stop to cross the road
A man joins us at the crossing
He seems to be alone
Such a quirky character though
We’d never really seen
Talk about out of place
More like a vision in a dream

He strode purposefully on
Towards the old par...

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Grenfell Falls Green

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Grenfell Falls Green

Another minute’s silence
Seventy two seconds to be precise
One second for the loss
Of each precious life
Please join me for a moment
To remember those beautiful lives…

 

 

Then, as day turns to night
Grenfell falls green
Green for Grenfell 
Everywhere to be seen
Grenfell, once a green field
Now the tower is green

Green for peace
Green for love
Green ...

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A Brief Moment in Time

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A Brief Moment in Time

Behind the wheel again
for the daily grind
up early for a good start
in the eternal rat race
Natalie Imbruglia's 'Torn'
plays on the radio
the sun shines over the valley
melting a frosty land
I feel good

news headlines announce
the death of Stephen Hawking
the chancellor threatens 
a withrawal of copper coins
Russia warns Britain
not to mess with a nuclear p...

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While the Salvation Army Band Played On

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While the Salvation Army Band Played On

It could have been the 1870s
You’d be forgiven
For thinking it was a different time,
Hymns and carols playing
While the poor folk wait in line

While we rush around Christmas shopping
Wrapped up in our 
'Not a minute to spare' lives,
Those who have little or nothing
Cower in doorways out of sight

No feeling of Christmas spirit
No festive che...

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In God We Trust?

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In God We Trust?

Columbine, Colorado
Orlando, San Bernadino
List Texas, New York
And Washington
Now Las Vegas
Can be added on

Thirty thousand
Killed every year
Have a minute’s silence
And say a few prayers
Ask God to bless them
And show that you care
Are you so naïve
To believe that will work?

More guns than people
In the great USA
In God We Trust
Hell yeah, He will save th...

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No Surrender

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No Surrender

Another battle, another day
From afar, she seems to go
Happily on her way
What you don’t know is
She’s doing her best
To cope with incessant pain

With remarkable courage
She’ll give it a go
But the hurt is something
Only her Fibro buddies
Will really know

On good days it’s bearable
But incredibly, she’s been called a fake
Unsympathetic ignorance
From those whose b...

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#RoomsForManchester

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#RoomsForManchester

#RoomsForManchester
#HotelRoomsForFree
#FreeTaxisHome
#FoodForFree

This is the heart and spirit
Your hate filled eyes will never see

You can try all you like
But your sinister plans will fail
All you've done is made us stronger
Your world of evil will never prevail

You attack helpless children
You kill and you maim
But their deaths and injuries
Will never ...

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Please shake my hand...

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Please shake my hand...

I don't know it it's just me
these days things hit me hard
overcome by waves of emotion
too many close to me
have left this world too soon

Maybe we'll meet on the other side
maybe those dark days will help me see the light
maybe, just maybe

Puts things into persective
I see conflict all around
the world imploding
in an undercurrent of hate

None of us is...

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New Book - Bolton Calling!

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Delighted to announce that my second book is finally out! Bolton Calling! - titled as a proud Boltonian in respect of my home town, my last poem being the tribute. There's a couple of other references to Bolton, in particular Ghosts of Rivington Moor in there, but also some other tributes to Ian Curtis and Joy Division, and the Wigan Diggers!

There are 40 poems, and after overcoming that diffic...

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Bolton Calling!

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Bolton Calling!

Working class folk
A working class town
Bolton calling
Loud n’ proud!
Northern folk
Bolton, Lancs
Got a BL postcode
Not Greater Mancs!
Built on industry
Built on diversity
We could be a city
Now we’ve got a university!
Work town, boom town
A famous cotton town
Hear the engines 
And machines sound
Samuel Crompton
The Spinning Mule
Ian McKellen 
Went to Bolton S...

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Peterloo - Two Hundred Years On

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Peterloo - Two Hundred Years On

Almost two centuries ago
and the struggle hasn’t ended
the battle of St Peter’s Field
not the peaceful one intended

A right to vote, a right to liberty
freedom from oppression
freedom from poverty

Come and join us said Hunt the orator
but seen as the trouble cause, the instigator

Over sixty thousand strong
gathered in their throngs
and why wouldn...

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Camp Glasto!

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Camp Glasto!

I could still hear the music on the breeze
As the Pyramid stage lights faded
I didn’t think I’d get much sleep
Yeah, this camping lark
Ain’t what it’s cracked up to be!

I suppose I could have picked somewhere quieter
A mountainous retreat or coastal haven
The biggest festival in the world
Was kind of asking for trouble

I’m in an English country garden
But there’s no w...

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Jutland

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Jutland

It took decades
To realise it’s significance
In two short days
So many met their fate
In the battle of Jutland
Many still lie in the murky waters
Where their ships went down

Ear splitting shelling
Death by shot or drowning
Over twenty ships lost
So many lives was the cost
Germans perished a hundred score
The allies more than thrice more

Over two hundred ships had clashe...

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Diggers of the World Unite!

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Diggers of the World Unite!

We are the Wigan Diggers
In Winstanley's ideals we believe
From the North of England to St Georges Hill
Heads held high, hearts on our sleeves

This Earth was made a common treasury
For everyone to share
Not just the money making fat cats
Who don't appreciate it or care

Like the Levellers and Diggers before us
We must protect and defend the land
Against th...

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A heart as big as Syria - a tribute to Alan Henning

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A heart as big as Syria

It always seems to happen at this time
Must be the time zones across the world
I can’t sleep, I get up in the early hours
And someone has lost their life
A member of the Paparazzi
A soldier in Afghanistan or Iraq
This time an aid worker
A taxi driver in fact

He left his home at Christmas
Leaving family and friends behind
Not to worry, there’ll be others to ce...

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The nearly was man

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Staggering, stumbling
Faltering, fumbling
Muttering, mumbling

Last time I saw him
He was heading into town
He looked the other way,
crossed over, now a loner

I’d spoken to him before
Not making much sense
But in a way I understood
He talked of better times

Times of running the show, running on self will
But with the high life he rapidly went downhill
The times he nearly made the...

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Rock n' Roll Love Poem!

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Rock n’ Roll Love Poem!

Just like Chuck Berry
We can Rock n’ Roll
Like Tamla Mowtown
We can dance with soul
Like UB40
I’d love you on the dole
And while I draw the line
At Spandau Ballet’s Gold
I want you

We could sing and dance
From pole to pole
Like Neil Young
You’ve got a heart of gold
I’m a fan of your coconuts
Like Kid Creole
Yeah I’ve got to have you

Like a rock ballad
...

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Snakeskin Sid!

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Snakeskin Sid!

I once knew a man
called Snakeskin Sid
I knew that he didn’t
but he said that he did
Well who the hell do you know
who played for Real Madrid?

Oh you know the type
in his Ford Capri car
A Gin and Tonic
at the end of the bar
Hitting on the girls
but never getting far
Trying to make out
he’s a football star!

He had trials for United
but failed the test
He starte...

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Blame it on the Poor!!

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Blame the Poor!

You say you love this country
Then help it live and work
Because right from where I’m standing
It's going from bad to worse

You’ve spent the untold billions
Now you have to fill the void
But don’t worry about the fallout
Take it from the unemployed

You could try taxing all the companies
Who haven’t paid for years
But we know if you scratch their back
There’s a fair chance they’ll s...

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Burnden Disaster 1946

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Burnden Disaster 1946

 

They were only going to the match

Bolton versus the folk from Stoke

Cup fever gripped the town

Fans flocked down

Over eighty thousand of them

Burnden Park, home of the Wanderers

 

Excitement in the air

The war was over

No-one knew the terror afoot

Gates shut as the ground filled to burst

Some climbed in over the railway embankment wall...

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Cotton Town

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Cotton Town

 

‘It’s grim up north’

I heard him say

The old man knew

he’d worked in the mines

since the beginning of time

 

‘Salt of the Earth ‘

is what my mum said

‘Where the motorway is cobbled

and they still point at aeroplanes’

said others

- but with a grin

we take it on the chin

 

I can only hope she was right

she used to s...

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It's the Music that Matters!! - A Poem For Sophie Lancaster - Never Forget X

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It’s the Music That Matters!

 

The Metalhead strums his air guitar

The Indian sings while playing his sitar

It’s not the colour of his skin

- It’s the music that matters!

 

Panpipes in the mountains

Music in the fountains

It doesn’t matter where it is

- It’s the music that matters!

 

Synthesisers and Electropop

Strut your stuff and bop till yo...

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It Just Ain't Gonna Happen!!

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It Just Ain’t Gonna Happen!

 

Like Bono becoming the next Pope

Like Glastonbury without any dope

Like the Dingles washing with soap

Oh well some things you live in hope

But I doubt they'll ever happen!

 

Like inflation rates going down

Like a cheap night on the town

Like Elvis Presley being found

Or Jedward making a decent sound

It just ain’t gonn...

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Ghosts of Rivington Moor

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Ghosts of Rivington Moor

 

On a clear day from this windswept range

your eyes can see as far as the coast

and the mountains of North Wales

in heavy rain they can see little worth talking about

blindfolded by a dismal blanket of cloud

 

Centuries ago these hills were ablaze

warning of invasion from foreign lands

it’s pike still stands in solitary recogniti...

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Manchester Ritz

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Manchester Ritz

 

Manchester Ritz, the glam n' the glitz

dancehall days, it's a ballroom blitz!

sticky carpets, sweaty armpits

see her dress, it just about fits

have a dance, or prop up the bar

glittering balls, a dancefloor star

see that girl, I can see her bra

watch her move, she's the best by far

sexy girls, crazy drunken nights

low cut tops, minis...

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growing oldersociety alcohol

Appointment with fear!

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Appointment with fear!

 

It's that dreaded time of year

Appointment with fear at nine

Receptionist knows I'm worried

she remembers the drama last time! 

I'm dragged kicking and screaming

into the cold clinical dentists den

from that deathly waiting room 

Why the hell am I here again?

 

I stand there ghostly white

I pause, I think he knows I'm scar...

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Singing Loud and proud!

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Singing loud and proud!

 

It's Saturday's game

we go away on the train

spirits not dampened

by the torrential rain

 

 

Arrive on their patch

like lions in a pack

sometimes attacking

sometimes attacked

 

 

Moving on together

that tribal mentality

I know its not right

but it is the reality

 

 

Finishing our beers

...

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Punk's not Dead!!

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Punk's Not Dead!

 

Times were hard

it's 1976,

Labour's Britain

smashed to bits,

what no jobs?

my hopes are sunk,

I know mum

I'll become a punk!

 

Hippies are out

we need something new,

garagebands

and sniffin' glue,

no Elvis, Beatles

or the Rolling Stones,

so long boys

here's the Ramones!

 

One, two, three, four

...

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