Poetry – To my Ears

To my ears


Looking back it just makes me smile.

It started with Buddy Who knew Peggy Sue.

Apache came out of the shadows while

Don, Phil and Elvis stormed on through.

Lonnie and Carl were putting on the style

Then Gene, Eddie and Richard were so bop a lu.

Filled my life with a smile

Chuck and Bo, Jimmy and Elmore too


But the authorities they did decide

To pull the plug

And the music died.


Then beetling in from Britain

With their rattling Liverpool crew,

The whole world was smitten

As hair just grew and grew.

Animal kinks and Sect were fitting

And stones rolled to make things blue.

Pretty things were written,

Dylan’s poems and the pot blew

The yard was full of birds sitting

Then the byrds got up and flew.

Small faces peered unbitten

And everyone wondered who?


Roy and the captain opened doors

As Jefferson flew right through

Jimi and Cream settled scores

To make love a strange brew

Heavy traffic and floyd’s tours

Said yes mac to much ado

With a clash of pistols from the stores

Stiff fingers turned the screw.

White stripes and Len’s spores

I knew it would have to do!


Opher – 2.1.2020



I couldn’t fit them all in and I’m sure it doesn’t scan right. But I guess it’s good enough for Rock ‘n’ Roll. I bet I got a few past you though.

Go on, you can play around with it. I was running out of rhymes!

17 thoughts on “Poetry – To my Ears

  1. Hey Opher – certainly good enough for Rock ‘n’ Roll! I think I got all the band names, but can’t be sure.

    I wondered how long it would take, and whether it were actually possible, to write a potted history of Rock ‘n’ Roll in verse? Should you feel the need, perhaps the following site would aide that endeavour:


    I read a statistic on-line somewhere suggesting there are about 97,000, 000 songs that have been written and produced. I guess this figure doesn’t include songs that have never been aired and shared. To mention them all, or even just the band names, now that would be an epic poem!


    1. That would be some feat! My History of Rock Music was in four volumes and came to 1500 pages! That only took me up to 1980!
      The poem was a bit of fun. I missed out so many.
      My Neanderthal book just arrived this morning. I was going to send you a copy in appreciation of your assistance. Have you an address I can send it to?

      1. I wouldn’t even know where to begin writing such a history! So all credit to you for taking on the challenge…only 40 more years to go! 😉

        That’s very kind of you Opher, thank you. The address I recently emailed will be fine – I’ll be heading there mid January. I’ll look forward to reading it again and sharing it with others 😀


      2. Well it helped that I ran an adult education course on the history of Rock Music. I thought that as I had hundreds of albums and had lived through most of it. It was a money making gambit when we were skint!Little did I know. I bought over three thousand more albums to fill in the gaps, did hundreds of information sheets and wore myself out. It cost me a fortune but I loved it!
        What name do you want me to put on it? Dewin or your real one (I’ll need your surname).

      3. I began in 1900 – moved on rapidly to the Country Blues, early Country, Cajun, R&B, Jazz, Electric Blues into the inception of Rockabilly. Great stuff.

      4. No doubt your knowledge is encyclopaedic!

        I still say you should consider doing radio and share that knowledge with a larger audience. A late night programme on local radio, ‘Rock of Ages’, would be ideal.


      5. My Mike friend and I have done four radio programmes but found no takers. They take a lot of doing though. We had great fun.

      6. That seems a shame Opher, but at least you tried!

        I’d like to suggest one never knows what is around the very next corner, that an opportunity may yet present itself, but perhaps fate has other designs for you.


      7. Just to do is usually enough! I’ve another book to wrestle with and next Tuesday we head off to the Amazon. There is plenty to occupy the mind and eye!

      8. It certainly sounds as though your plate is full!

        Less I forget you are off on your travels, I’ll wish you a pleasant holiday and look forward to hearing all about it upon your return.


      9. Indeed, I imagine you are excited to be going…’tis an exciting destination that undoubtedly ticks all of the right boxes for you!

        Don’t forget your camera!


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