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The Deal

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Here's a deal on the table for all you MP's
No pay rise, accept applause if you please.
With fireworks, we can also light up the sky.
Put your face on banners and fly them high.
How would politicians react to such a deal?
Highly insulted, I bet the majority would feel.
With two homes to run and servants to pay.
Such a deal would be ridiculed in every way.
If it's good enough for nurse...

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Puppet Masters

Get back in your boxes, you can't go to the match.
Keep away from others, there's a virus you can catch.
Keep away from family and friends, hide yourself away.
An out of control deadly virus, wants your life today'.

'Don't travel unless vital, we urge you to stay at home.
Avoid the world if you can, you'll be much safer alone.
Personal contact is not advised, hugs, kisses and such.
Live i...

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Something Has To Give

No intimacy anymore what does that mean?
I feel lonely, depressed with no self esteem.
Whatever happened, from lover to flat mate?
I've been patient so long, how long can I wait?

I respect your wishes, but I can't figure it out.
I'm left frustrated, confused full of self doubt.
I have been faithful and loyal, I will to the end.
But I just don't understand, why lover to friend?

Hard wor...

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Stop Yer Talkin n Start Yer Walkin! ( Mental Health Day Fund Raiser 10/10/2020)

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Today is a 'walking day' join the fun.
So from 10am get off your bum!
Leave the bike at home, and the car.
Saturday is a walk day, be near or far!
So just take in a leisurely, quiet stroll .
Please make that your little goal!
If a beach nearby, walk on the sand.
Just like Sandra with bucket in hand!
Walk to a shop, breathe in the fresh air.
It's for a great cause, to show we care.
Walk t...

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Behind The Mask

I look at a face hidden by a mask.
Who could it be, you may well ask!
So little to see behind the disguise.
But I do see laughter in those eyes!
I can’t make out the mouth or chin.
I can’t see if the face is full or thin.
But I do see a mountain of crazy hair.
Could that be Doddy standing there?
If only he could utter a word or two.
As that would give me a sufficient clue.
But then I reali...

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Pictures of Liverpool

Early today, a Scouse sunrise greeted me.
I took a lovely picture for all the world to see.
But why stop there, a decision I was to make!
So more pics of Liverpool I decided to take!

To start, I made my way to Sefton Park lake.
And what a lovely picture that was to take!
Dazzling sun rays on a calm lake, ripple free.
Through my lens, it looked so beautiful to me.

Then to Anfield, still...

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When little children, no angels where we!
In the mid to late sixties that would be.
So often chased up and down our street.
By the poor local Bobby pounding the beat.

Little devils maybe, daft tricks we played
But to our elders, respect we always paid.
That respect included the police for sure.
As they would often knock on my front door!

'Michael's done this, Michael's done...

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A Different Rule

I sit before and listen to what's on TV.
Boris is spouting rubbish again I see.
He tells us to forget what he said before.
Boris has changed his mind once more!
But frankly by now I couldn't care less.
I don't see facts, just guess after guess.
Once Cummings told us his pack of lies.
And backed by Boris, surprise, surprise!
I decided I'd no longer be taken for a fool.
As different classes...

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For PC Harper

My Facebook message today....


Today I am making this short appeal.
For PC Harper could we please kneel.
In the line of duty his life taken away.
Some mark of respect we need to pay.

He protected the likes of me and you.
So some sort of tribute I think is due.
Doing his job, but with his life he paid.
A recognition of sorts should be made.

It doesn't have to be just a bended kne...

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Tir Na Nog

Would anybody like to come along with me.
On an enchanted 3 day crossing over the sea.
The path is magical, known as Honeys plain.
An Otherworld awaits us, Tir Na Nog its name.                                                      A land beneath our waters with Cities of gold.
Paradise is everywhere and nobody grows old.
We'll travel through caves and a magical mist.
Too discover that Tir Na ...

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The First Day

Today is the first day, this is day one.
I've promised myself I'll now move on.
It aches to look back, I know for sure.
And I can't be hurting myself any more.

So from today only the future I will see.
From this first day more positive I'll be.
I know it won't be easy but I have to try.
From this first day, I will let the past die.

In time I must imagine a future bright.
As memories f...

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Your Spell

From day one I often wonder, could you tell?
That I was hopelessly caught under your spell.
But I am a shy boy, of confidence I am short.
Too many lessons in the past I've been taught.
So my lips remained sealed, my words are few.
I've dropped the odd hint, disguised the odd clue.
Nothing too obvious, not brave enough to dare!
But I often think, do you know how much I care?
As I think my f...

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I'm A Scouser

I'm a scouser, Liverpool born and bred.
A 50's child, and in '65 I became a red!
I've lived in prefabs to high rise blocks.
I've seen us recover from all the knocks.

I'm a scouser, brought up on the Fab 4.
Every record went to number 1 for sure!
Then I discovered Doddy on our old TV.
A childhood hero, and still a hero to me.

School days, not the best I have to say.
I had no ambition, ...

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Lazy Day

A quiet day today, catching up on my sleep.
I'm having a lazy day, no promises to keep.
No school runs to make, no shopping to do.
Won't need a mask, no standing in a queue.

As everything today has been put on hold.
Not worried if the weather is windy or cold
Back burner for this, back burner for that.
No telephone calls to make, too tired to chat.

I hear the traffic outside all angry ...

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My Blue Sky

Bulging bank accounts, classic art on the wall.
It doesn't impress me, it means nothing at all.
An expensive car in the garage just one of few.
Forever on long holidays where skies are blue.

It's not the life I want, honestly it's not for me.
No interest in sailing a private yacht on the sea.
A wallet bursting with plastic cards to the brim.
People forever dreaming of a record lottery win...

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In my life from love I have always run.

But now I long for an Angel to come.

Somone to make me feel loved and alive.

So I dream at night for my Angel to arrive.

As the years advance, being alone I fear.

So I sit and wonder is my Angel near?

Beauty and wings are not important to me.

As in our minds, different Angels we see.

She need not shine as a star in the night.

Just ...

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My Summer

It's been a great summer, under skies of blue.
I've had a lovely time with the children and you.
Forest days, park days on roundabout and slide.
Movie nights, Croxteth Farm and a ferry ride.
A visit to the local Cinema, with its tiny screen!
A trip to St Helens where we saw 'The Dream'
Barbecues, Crosby beach, lying under the sun
Southport and New Brighton lots and lots of fun!
But even if...

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Overly Sensitive World

The world's become overly sensitive, that's no lie.
We are afraid to pass comment for fear of outcry.
Wary to justly criticise, to judge or to complain.
Because in this sensitive world, tears fall like rain.

We have to think twice before telling a joke or two.
Even if it's not remotely offensive, racist or blue.
Because it's bound to upset somebody for sure.
Are we forgetting what are chu...

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The Mask

If you wore a hat, and where hidden by mask.
Would I know still your face, no need to ask!
Because nobody, but nobody has eyes like you.
I have never seen eyes of such stunning blue.

And if you stood with your back turned to me.
No little clues given, only your back to see.
I would know it's you without a second guess.
Because you're one of a kind and nothing less.

So unique, so beauti...

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Jackie Paper

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Little Jackie Paper, played neath sun and moon.
But just like all children, he grew up all too soon.
He left behind a friendship, his innocence he lost.
As a lonely ageless Dragon found out to his cost.

No more rides on oceans, safe on Dragons back.
No more Pirate ships lowering their flags of black.
Royalty in their presence no longer seen to bow.
The Dragon left all alone, sad with furr...

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The Visitor

Here I am in a strange place, where I can't explain.
Two children I then meet, so I play game after game. 
It didn't make any sense, is one a daughter of mine?
Where is this place and what has happened to time?

I notice that the window, its view obscured by bars.
Outside I see an ambulance parked beneath the stars.
A man came in and explained what brought us here.
But in my confused mind,...

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For The Big Man

When your 'ship went down' we where there for you.

You where never 'Alone' did you know that was true?

Our love went beyond your songs, the man on stage.

Beyond the rock star fame, adorning every front page.


We read your lyrics, we felt the emotion and your pain.

We prayed that your demons would be forever slain.

A fairer world you sung about, a return of hope and pride.


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One night I met a maiden, lovely and fair.
With porcelain like skin and striking hair.
Standing tall her beauty touched the skies.
And the bluest sky couldn't match her eyes.

The moment was brief but she cast a spell.
I had lost all belief in love, but in love I fell.
But alas this was to be no loving fairy tale.
I didn't chase a dream that felt destined to fail.

Lacking bravery in my ...

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96 Points on 96 Minutess

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30 long seasons and now that moment has come.
In that time 2 European Cups have been won.
And domestic Cups too, our captains have kissed.
But the biggest prize of all we have sorely missed!

Heartbreak there has been over those many years.
Near misses and touching distance, ending in tears.
But lots of times too, we where never even in the race.
Slipping down the table with bankruptcy to fa...

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New Day

It's time I said that awkward 'goodnight'
I look back at you until you're out of sight.
I relive all the moments of our lovely day.
But I never said the things I planned to say.

My feelings for you, I still annoyingly hide.
Everyday there are words that I keep inside.
That's because of rejection I am too afraid.
Why risk a special friendship we have made?

And I go to sleep still wishin...

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A chalk white face, a girl in peaceful sleep.
Eyes closed tight, she has dreams to keep.
She is framed by a beautiful blue July sky.
Children play beneath her and birds pass by.
I wonder what exactly goes on in her mind?
As anything is possible in dreamland to find.
Dreams can be magical and unlock doors.
And invite you to a land where love is yours.
I have my dreams, the whole world does ...

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Angel Dad

No envelope today I have to seal.
That familiar sadness today I feel. 
Today as always is bitter sweet.
The card I write is now complete.
I clear the grass where it's grown.
In the June wind it blows on stone.
I shed a tear and a few words I say.
I think 'if only' as Dads card I lay.
But in Gods wisdom it wasn't to be.
He decided one day to set Dad free.
Head bowed low, I walk away sad.

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No Barriers

If I hold your hand would people stare?
Would some tongues wag at such a pair?
But should we even care at what they say?
As no barriers should ever stand in our way.

Some people might talk behind our back.
Because an understanding of love they lack.
People will eagerly do sums in their head.
But should we worry what's thought or said?

Friends will ask questions who only mean well.

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All The Same

Can you please look beyond the colour of my skin.
And see what lies beneath, feel my emotions within.
Will you then agree and realise we are all the same?
So why does the hatred from some still remain?

My heart beats as yours, we breathe the same air.
Everything about us, except our skin colour we share.
Cut me on the outside, you'll see my blood runs red.
Hurt me on the inside, familiar ...

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Another lovely Rainbow I see on a window pane 


Rainbows all over the world, their message the same.

A land full of perfect Rainbows every day and night.

In these uncertain times, such a comforting sight.

Now Rainbows have a special meaning these days.

Boosting our spirits with their hope, thanks and praise.

On every Rainbow painted on street, window or wall.

We thank our ...

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Does It Bother You?

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So do you feel self-satisfied, full of content?
Was that huge shopping bill money well spent?
Did you ignore the advice, warnings to heed?
Does it bother you, the results of your greed?
Now that your cupboards are full to the brim.
Do you feel a little smug a warm feeling within?
Well how about those now left short or without?
Because the vulnerable will suffer most no doubt.

Or the n...

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Come To Me

I look up at the moody sky, the moon is due.

Clouds controlled today’s sky, I saw no blue.

The rain came and went, hello and goodbye.

Come to me and we’ll create our own blue sky.

Come to me, because I’m feeling lonely today.

Magic can be made with the right things to say.

Together we can watch that bright moon rise.

See it grow from slither to full before our eyes.

Who nee...

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I'm Alright Jack

Some selfish people only for themselves care.

They raid the supermarkets, leaving shelves bare.

With a skip like trolley, shamelessly wait at the till.

Obviously they have the means to pay a huge bill.

They load up their cars, boot, front seat and back.

Looking after number one only, ‘I’m alright jack’

Other Mums have babies to change and to feed.

Why the panic, why this attit...

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A Chorus Just For Me

The sky looked down upon me one clear night.

As I walked a Kensington Street, losing the fight.

The moon and the stars came together to kiss.

It showed me the beautiful things I would miss.

The sky was hypnotic, like God had cast a spell.

It showed me hope, no matter how far I’d fell.

I walked the streets until I saw rise an eager sun.

It shone so bright, Gods work still wasn’...

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Angels Only Whisper

It’s not possible for Liverpool to play behind ‘closed doors’...

We might not hear them but there will always be 96 roars.

Plus the spirit of other Reds, ashes buried in the kop goal.

Anfield can never be empty, while inside is every lost soul.

The Kop may look deserted, to the cameras and naked eye.

Flags and banners may not wave, no red scarves held high.

A ghostly, unreal atmo...

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Brave or Weak?

I go into the sea, pockets laden with stone.

I am tired of this life, tired of being alone.

My life lost its meaning many years ago.

A few final tears as I see the waves flow.

The answers I sought never came my way.

So into depression I sunk deeper each day.

I prayed for one more chance every night.

Just to prove myself and to put things right.

But all my prayers alas where...

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7 Years

7 years without you, 7 years crying.
I've tried to move on, 7 years trying.
7 years of regret, full of self blame.
7 years of loneliness and all its pain.

7 years of pretence, of self doubt.
Into hiding I've been if love was about.
7 years on, where do I go from here?
7 more years of the same is my fear.

7 years of dreams of how things were.
Why didn't I show you love and care?
7 years o...

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The Void

Each time love fails, the more I miss you.

A void you left in my life, that’s so true.

As nobody else can compare or compete.

Each search for happiness ends in defeat.

I have to get over you, do my best to try.

As seven long years have now drifted on by.

I have to move on, and make a fresh start.

To forget the past and to find a new heart.

But treasured memories stan...

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For Rachel


If today for you the sun does not shine.

As there’s nobody to call your valentine.

Don’t feel you’ve been left out in the cold.

Because love is out there, it’s just on hold.

Don’t feel disappointed or let down today.

If a bunch of red roses don’t come your way.

Somebody is out there to love you and care.

All of a sudden by your side he’ll be there.

The right person is ...

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Whatever Happened To Me And You?

Gone are the days I cheered you up.

Gone are the days we lifted the Cup.

The days of cuddles they're gone too.

Whatever happened to me and you?

Dark skies where the sun once shone.

A smile to die for has long since gone.

Cold nights alone, restless is my sleep.

Unwanted dreams that cut me deep.

Will the sky above ever again be blue?

Whatever happened to me and you?

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Sefton Park

To Sefton Park, I have visited today.
But it was so different in every way!
I bought a coat hanging from a tree.
It didn't fit my friend but it fitted me!

Magically it turned colour once worn.
It was a beautiful coat, cosy and warm.
Trees we then saw in a pair they came.
Record breaking with a strange name.

We had never heard that name before.
Shelter they gave as the rain did pour.

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Seems Like Yesterday

Seems like yesterday we were playing games.

Now here you are choosing clothes and names.

Only seems like yesterday we sat on the Kop.

Supporting the Reds in your Michael Owen top!


Doesn't seem so long ago when Kim was a pup.

When your little sister would cutely dress her up!

Concerts and shows, our time was fun packed.

A lovely summer’s day to see a T.Rex tribute act.


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The Fly

So to keep the piece, I ate a fly.
Jeab had insisted, the reason why!
I really didn't fancy an insect snack.
So I tried to hide and turn my back.
But then I gave in, just to be polite....
I held my breath, eyes closed tight!
I was told not to shallow but chew.
Just like the lovely Thai people do!
How is my fly served hot or cold?
An expensive treat, or so I'm told.
Rich with protein, wit...

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'Mr July'

'You scratch my back and I'll scratch yours'
The untouchable elite within these shores.
Secret hand shakes and the old school tie.
They look after each other, turn a blind eye.

An Immigration Judge as in this latest case.
Walks free from a Court, no justice to face.
Why did he weep, a verdict never in doubt.
His class and type, the law they often flout.

Class and breeding in court go a lon...

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She left early one morning, to take to the sky.
The wind had changed direction, the reason why.
The children are now happy, so her job complete.
Now another family in need, soon in for a treat!
Where children will visit magical faraway places.
And take part in fairground carousel horse races.
They may enjoy tea parties while floating on air.
Every day a joyous one in their new Nannies care!

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