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Everyone In Camden

A little poem for you. Read it nice and rhythmically, in your best Mancunian accent


I was walking down to Camden from Chalk Farm

A spring in my step, shooting pains in my arm

As I passed through the hordes of trendy young things

I felt the ache of alienation age brings


Once upon a time you know, way back when

In the days of punk, I could’ve been one of them

I never really was of course, I never had the legs

I’m just a sad old man in Camden envying the kids


It’s not their youth or sex appeal I wish I had again

It’s their inherent sense of style and their calm aura of Zen

Skinny jeans, loafers, lip rings, studs,

Put that lot together, you can’t help but look the goods

But it’s the hair! The hair! That’s what you most remark;

Everyone in Camden looks like John Cooper Clarke

The girl outside the street cafe, the wino in the park,

Yes, everyone in Camden looks like John Cooper Clarke


Well, someone must’ve started it, perhaps just for a lark

Some Sugar Puffs aficionado down by Camden Lock

But now the introvert, the extrovert, the shy insurance clerk,

The chuggers and the muggers who will rob you after dark,

The cops who’ll never catch them, even the coppers’ narks,

Everyone in Camden looks like John Cooper Clarke


Now, Johnny Clarke’s a hero, I’m telling you the truth

He nourished me with poetry when I was a troubled youth

With Chicken Town and Beasley Street and the Innocents EP

So if his soul inhabits Camden, Camden’s where I want to be


A town blessed with individuals who live for making art

Painting, poetry, music with a heart

Although the young bucks and the musos make me feel I’m from the ark,

That’s OK.


Cos everyone in Camden looks like John Cooper Clarke


I don’t blog




Who’d have thought?

I’m not entirely sure I belong here, but I’ve been fretting about setting up a website for far too long now, and this WordPress thing seems to offer pretty much what I’d want a website to do, so I thought I’d give it a go.

If all goes to plan, I’ll put up some videos and whatnot to let the world know a bit about what I can offer. But be patient with me; none of this comes naturally to me. I’ll also be putting up a page of forthcoming gigs as soon as I can work out how. And, well why not, I’ll come and have an occasional think on this page too. I’m sure it’ll all be a way short of whizz-bang for a while, as I grope pathetically around, trying to find out how it all happens, and I don’t expect to become a regular blogger; you don’t really need to know what I had for lunch, do you? But when I do throw something onto this page, it would give me an enormous thrill if you’d make a comment or two, to let me know I’m not alone out here in space.

I have a couple of things in mind that I’d like to put up over the next few days, and then I might go quiet again for a while, but if you can work out how to do this, there might be a button you can press to make the internet tell you when I’ve done something new on here. That would save you coming back to see the same old stuff all the time, wouldn’t it. But do check the gigs page when it’s up. It’d be great to see you at something one of these days.

Over and out.

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