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Originally published: 26th September 2019

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This poem was placed 1st = in Brian Strand's "STRAND SELECT C" Poetry Contest and

1st = in Brian Strand's "ALL YOURS" (Mar 20) Poetry Contest.

This poem was inspired by songs I heard in the '60s on "Junior Choice" (A UK radio show that played children's requests and ran between 1954 - 1982). How many songs (and artists) can you identify?  There are over 20 songs and groups referred to.


 

The swinging sixties never swung As much as people said But for me, the bands And the songs they sung Linger on inside my head. I rocked and rolled to Morningtown On a wagon with one wheel And followed tracks That took me down To fields that were surreal. A jungle snake both sang and hissed When a man climbed on his cloud. Then a windmill turned In the Autumn mist And a policeman laughed out loud. In a warm and gentle wonderland On a train whose whistle blew, A swinging star Introduced his band And sang a rainbow too. God only knows, when I look back Why The Miller told his tale. And I can’t explain Why Grocer Jack Turned a whiter shade of pale. But I'm thankful for those days back then Before the years rolled by. Those were the days In dreams and when There was spirit in the sky.

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Date: 10/7/2021 3:28:00 AM
They dont write songs that have beat Gary,anymore..
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Gary Radice
Date: 10/7/2021 6:19:00 AM
Well, if they do Brian perhaps I'm hard of hearing.
Date: 9/14/2021 3:19:00 AM
Sory,Not too many,Gary,only radio in my childhood (a crystal set my first personal pocket device)
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Gary Radice
Date: 9/14/2021 3:56:00 AM
There is something about radio that I love. The poem was just as much a homage to radio as it was to the music of my childhood. They went hand in hand. Love the idea of a pocket sized crystal set. Our radio circa late 60s was a massive thing with a big, big dial. :) Cheers - Gary
Date: 3/23/2021 6:58:00 PM
This resounds in its intricate rhyming like a rock and roll classic itself. Simply loved it. Congratulations.
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Gary Radice
Date: 3/24/2021 1:13:00 AM
Thank you Greg for your great comments - so glad you loved it. I've always said that music is the nearest thing we humans have to a time machine. It has the ability to transport people back in time doesn't it? Cheers - Gary
Date: 3/22/2021 11:33:00 AM
Great job, Gary. I hear the songs singing in my mind and they take me on a sentimental journey! Nice weaving of lyrics and themes. Congrats, kudos and a high five on your win!
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Gary Radice
Date: 3/22/2021 12:11:00 PM
High five back to you Sam and thanks so much. Whenever I write about the music of my childhood I suddenly feel old, yet I'm guessing everyone's favourite music is the music they grew up with. I need to take a day to catch up on my reading of PS poems. Thanks as always Sam. Cheers - Gary
Date: 4/19/2020 9:30:00 PM
Music is so very important to us in our teens. Great job at immortalizing your most significant songs, Gary.
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Gary Radice
Date: 5/12/2020 10:10:00 AM
Thank you Line! I found myself singing them as I wrote this! :)
Date: 2/5/2020 7:21:00 AM
Gary, congratulations on a winning entry. A clever poem. ~ Sonia
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Gary Radice
Date: 2/6/2020 5:21:00 AM
Thank you Sonia! Most of the music I listened to on the radio back then was from a programme called 'Junior Choice' ..The songs have stayed with me. :)