Jacques Brel Would Be Shocked (Amsterdam)
Waiting to be shocked
Well perhaps a bit
Glimpsing the wild side of life…for a little while
Train station looks remarkably ordinary
Still…the city awaits there!
Follow the people to excitement
They turn right from the exit
In their wake we go
Hey, this can’t be right?
M & S, BHS and H & M
We could be anywhere!
Amsterdam is wild, everyone says so!!!
“Canal Taxi!” we hailed
This is more like it “Show us the sites”
With a knowing look to the driver
And he does
Endless canals, bridges and more boats
People riding bikes
Past a gaudy bright green ship
And we’re through with the tour
Dropping us and going
Is this the “real” Amsterdam now?
Looks promising this narrow back street
Door of a seedy looking club opens
Stone cold sober Brits stroll out
Chatting politely about Uni
Where is the action here?
Observing was to be our mission
Staying on the edge
All life going on
Signs lead towards the centre
Reluctantly so do we
Oh sure they have hemp cakes
Remarkably civilised it all is as well
Where is the wildness?
Sailors Jacques Brel sang of…
Different age I guess
Everyone plugged into music
Or sending texts
Too busy with technology
Debauchery consigned to the history books