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Little Richard

” A wop-boppa-loop-bop..”,

Cutting sharp

like a razor thro’ old silk,

your timbre broke

a thousand taboos

set racing a million heartbeats

beating along with,

your three minute records,

you were vinyl;

Long Tall Sally

lighting up the ether

like the fourth of July,

Tutti Frutti painting gaudy colors

on a monochrome radio dial;

you were engine of the sock-hop ball,

you were Rock

and Roll,

” a-wop-bam-boom!”

1970’s Rock Song

Stood at the mouth of the Volcano
staring down from on high ,
right into the heart of the inferno
can’t you see mankind’s troubles
can’t you hear our cry ?

There in the flames
millions of faces
choking with despair
their lives thrown on the Pyre
by Rulers who don’t care ;

the Rich and powerful do as they please
chaining millions to war.poverty,hunger and disease ,
Presidents ,Kings and bosses burning all our hopes with their greed ,
turning our dreams into ashes
as they sit back and watch us bleed ;

Stood at the mouth of the Volcano
staring down from on high ,
can’t you see mankind’s troubles
can’t you hear our cry ?

( second in an occasional series of Homages To Popular Music
see also ” 1960’s Pop Song ” )

1960’s Pop Song

Dream those dreams tomorrow
that you didn’t dream today ,
dream again those dreams
tomorrow’s heading your way.

Say those words tomorrow
you didn’t say today ,
say the words ,”I love you”
tomorrow to the one heading your way.

Open your eyes tomorrow
look at the world you can’t see today ,
see all the colours and beauty
before tomorrow fades away .

Sing a song of freedom tomorrow
the one that you can hear in your dreams ,
there will be Peace tomorrow
tomorrow’s closer than it seems.

Roy Orbison ( 1936 – 1988 )

in dreams

Hope has deserted the streets,

and golden days have faded

suddenly;

Your beloved Bayou shall never see

you again and nights will only

be spent with loneliness and

tears;

Even as jukeboxes search

in vain for your 78’s,

the solace of your voice is echoing

for the last time.

(this work appeared originally in Leeds Other Paper way back in time)