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Middlesex Man
Bobstan (IP Logged)
03 October, 2017 08:40
Middlesex Man



Some talk of Kent or Devon
Or Sussex by the sea,
But the county nearest heaven
Is the county dear to me.
Middlesex so neat, so fair
Middlesex beyond compare,
Though we’re not sure where it is
We’re sure it’s there.

If Middlesex had a mountain range
The snow-white peaks would all exchange
The echo of the eagle’s call,
And streams would gush
And waters fall,
And the mountain winds would blow
And the mountain winds would blow.
But they don’t, and I should know.
I’m from that noble clan;
I’m a Middlesex man.

Some talk of glorious Gloucester
And Wiltshire in the west
But the county I still foster
Is the county I love best:
Middlesex so bold so free
Where there’s honey still for tea
Though I’m not sure where it is
It’s home to me.

(In a John Betjeman voice)
From Pinner’s welcome roof-tops
To Harrow’s pointed spires
And Wealdstone’s fish and chip shops
Where we ran to after choir.
Oh gosh, how I remember those neat suburban ways
Of Hatch End in September
Those sunny schoolboy days.
So comfortable and cosy;
It’s all so far off now
For then my world seemed rosy.
I even quite liked Slough.

If Middlesex had wide open fields
At harvest time the record yields
Would fill the barns with golden grain,
And fruit swelled by the summer rain
Would weigh the fruit trees low,
Would weigh the fruit trees low.
But they don’t, and I should know.
I’m part of God’s great plan;
I’m a Middlesex man.

Some sing in praise of Surrey
Or Suffolk in the east,
But here there is no worry
And every crust's a feast.
Middlesex what joy is this
Jewel of our metropolis,
Though we’re not sure where it is
It’s close to bliss.

If Middlesex had been by the sea
The white cliffs there would surely be
Lashed by breakers’ crashing foam,
And seagulls’ cries would call us home,
And the harbour lights would glow
And the harbour lights would glow.
But they don’t, and I should know.
I have no salt sea tan;
I’m a Middlesex man.

(Betjeman voice again)
From commuting, city-suited
I dream aboard the train
Of rugby, dubbin-booted
On clay at Headstone Lane
In shorts well scrubbed by mother
Clad in my B Team shirt,
Playing with my brother –
Oh how the scrums did hurt!
Now Middlesex is older
And my life’s nearly run.
If only I’d been bolder
With lovely Hunter-Dunne.

Song by Dr Peter Christie, a Middlesex man

 
Re: Middlesex Man
Shepton Paul 2 (IP Logged)
03 October, 2017 09:35
👍

 
Re: Middlesex Man
Loyal of Lhasa (IP Logged)
03 October, 2017 11:27
Very self-effacing, Bobstan, to attribute your brilliant poem to somebody else, not fit to dubbin your boots.



LoL

Sixty-nine Seasons a Somerset Supporter

 
Re: Middlesex Man
Bobstan (IP Logged)
03 October, 2017 11:46
Loyal of Lhasa, I have an important message for you from Captain Mainwaring. But I won't tell anyone what it is.

Peter Christie was one of four medical students - almost doctors - who formed the group Instant Sunshine by accident to deputise at the last minute at an event at St Thomas' Hospital. Some years later it all took off and they were lost to the medical profession. I heard them a couple of times at John Dankworth and Cleo Laine's place, Wavendon in Bucks.

Forget your Schubert, Lennon/McCartney or any of that lot. Middlesex Man is the greatest song ever written.

 
Re: Middlesex Man
Loyal of Lhasa (IP Logged)
03 October, 2017 16:57
Wasn't the lamented Miles Kington part of Instant Sunshine?



LoL

Sixty-nine Seasons a Somerset Supporter

 
Re: Middlesex Man
Bobstan (IP Logged)
03 October, 2017 17:34
He was indeed. Always seemed a thoroughly good egg.

 
Re: Middlesex Man
Loyal of Lhasa (IP Logged)
03 October, 2017 20:16
A good man who died too young, which begs questions about why we are still alive...


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