Monday, July 8, 2019

for MIDDLESBROUGH MAGIC SHIP 288 (E)

FOLLOW THE LEADER ?
"Don't do as we do,
do as we say."
Has it not always
been this way ?

They make the laws,
they make the rules,
think they're kings and queens
and we their fools.

Whether on the Left
or on the Right,
they who lead us
will also smite

we who would do
as do they.
"Don't do as we do,
do as we say."

STARS VISIT TO SALBURN: Due to an earlier invite from me, to Pete Doherty, and to Tom Fletcher (of McFly), to come to Saltburn with their friends, an all-star attendance at a celebrity gig in Teesside later visited the town, the many black celebs and many white celebs overcrowding the pubs on the seafront, after disembarking on Albion Terrace a number of days, and avoiding the town centre, as I'd suggested, by filing past my home on Glenside, then into the nearby woods that led to the seafront, or taking the S-bank, along the alleyway I now choose to call 'Stardust Alley'. I'd recently returned from Thailand where I'd been teaching English Language and writing for Pattaya Trader. As published in the trader, I have written lyrics, anonymously, for several now known bands, and two female vocalists. I may one day write a book about this. Prolific poet, Mark Beevers (anagram: A Verse Maker Be). Some names of the great many celeb visitors appear in information pieces from my circulars, MIDDLESBROUGH MAGIC SHIP, 7 or 8 articles which are posted on this blog amongst the many, many verses. Find them by scrolling down. Paul McCartney had previously received a copy of my magazine SALTBURN SCENE and chatted to me about the Victorian pier.

From MIDDLESBROUGH MAGIC SHIP No. 137 (Summer Special 2019)
Almost five years of Magic Ship, which brings me to David Bowie who'd a song called Five Years. I was introduced as Tom Fletcher's friend to David, outside my home on Glenside, in Saltburn, after I'd recently returned from teaching in Thailand. There'd been an all-star gig in Teesside, which would move onto Manchester and then near London, film-maker Oliver Stone told me. Bowie had arrived late, jet-lagged, for the Teesside gig.
He'd once had a fear of planes, saying he was waiting for the flying saucer. Anyway, he was eager to chat with Ricky Gervais who'd only just told me he liked my funny lyrics. There were royals and MPs young and old, and - of course - security, among the many black celebs and the many white celebs, now visiting sunny Saltburn. I have previously mentioned some names in Magic Ship, but here are some more: Doris Day, Buzz Aldrin, Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall, Mick Jagger, Marianne Faithful, members from Abba, members from Fleetwood Mac, Bryan Ferry, Sting, members from Dire Straits, Pete Doherty and Kate Moss, Mickey Finn, Steve Harley, Adam Ant, members from Duran Duran, Gary Numan, Status Quo, members from Pink Floyd, Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, Meat Loaf, Rik Mayall, Lenny Henry, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, Jonathan Ross, Russell Brand, Keith Lemon, Hugh Grant, Julia Roberts, cast from FRIENDS, cast from the blockbuster TITANIC, Johnny Depp, members from Spice Girls, Jimmy Page, Brian May and wife, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, Minouge sisters, John Travolta, Olivia Newton John, Norman Wisdom, John Cooper Clarke, Arthur Brown, J.k. Rowling, Sean Connery, Billy Connolly and wife, Kate Bush and brother, Ringo Starr and son, Tina Turner, Cher, Bette Midler, Dolly Parton, Jack Nicholson, George Clooney, Will Smith, Janet Jackson, John Lydon and wife, Boy George, George Michael, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen (who sadly took ill), Lou Reed, Morrissey, Eartha Kitt, Prince and Madonna, Brigitte Bardot, Diana Ross, members from Village People, cast from STAR WARS, Tom Cruise, Michael Crawford, Mike Myers, Jim Carrey, Jack Black, Christopher Lee, Honor Blackman, Diana Rigg, Martin Shaw, Cliff Richard, Hank Marvin. Cheers mateys, Captain Mark

Friday, June 28, 2019

for MIDDLESBROUGH MAGIC SHIP 288 (D)

LEGAL GAGGING ORDERS
Writing lyrics for bands
whom your name then edit,
you take the pocket-money,
they take all the credit.

But they write the music,
they do the touring.
You share not in the royalties,
there's no one you adoring.

You get legally gagged,
yet it's you choose it.
Where lyric, and pocket-money,
should they go refuse it ?

MAGIC SHIP No. 136 snippet: Just a few of the very many celebs/stars who attended a gig in Teesside some years into this century, then visited sunny Saltburn. These, here, are now deceased: David Bowie, Lemmy, Scott Walker, Amy Winehouse, Steve Strange, Ronnie Dio, David Cassidy, Peaches Geldof, George Martin, Terry Pratchett, Gerry Anderson, Stan Lee, Ken Dodd, Freddie Starr, Gene Wilder, Joan Rivers, Peter O'Toole, Heath Ledger, Mickey Rooney, Elizabeth Taylor. MB

More detail on this blog. Scroll down.

A FANCY-DRESS DISCO WAR-DANCE
Chief Sitting Bull
at the bar was stood,
looked at me and said
"Think you're Clint Eastwood ?"

Strolled by Geronimo,
"Hey there, little big horn,"
to Sitting Bull he spoke,
"Ill whip you up a storm."

Chief Sitting Bull,
now aflame with fire-water,
put down his whisky,
ready for the slaughter.

Head to head they went,
a juiced up Geronimo
and a raging Bull.
What a wild west show !

PUSH-BIKE PAVEMENTS
Heavy loads
upon the roads
fill cyclists with fear.
On the sidewalk
they don't balk
at riding up your rear.

Off the roads
with heavy loads,
on pavements biking,
they go steer
up your rear.
Not to your liking.

Heavy loads
upon the roads
fill cyclists with fear.
No brakes, no bell,
bode not well,
watch your back, hear ?!

Friday, May 24, 2019

for MIDDLESBROUGH MAGIC SHIP 288 (C)

THE SEABEDDED HEARTS
AND SOULS
Like the ship, Titanic,
which sank from view,
in an earlier story
the Titan sank, too.

There've been lovers sailed -
and sailed apart -
both sure been left
with a rock-bottom heart.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

for MIDDLESBROUGH MAGIC SHIP 288 (B)

THE-HOLLYWOOD-HEROES-AND-
STARRY-OTHERS-IN-SALTBURN-BY-THE-SEA
The famed, they filed
down Stardust Alley,
towards Glenside
and Saltburn Valley.

Though Stardust Alley
was not Stardust then,
just a rear cut
to Saltburn's glen.

A cobblestoned lane
joins a dirt track
from Glenside's front
to Albion Terrace's back.

The famed, they filed
down Stardust Alley,
towards Glenside
and Saltburn valley.

(This verse is better explained in 6 or 7
info sheets posted on this blog, I already having met with Tom
Fletcher, Pete Doherty and Paul McCartney)

SOARING AND SINKING
I see, girl, in your eyes
the blue of the sea and of the skies.
I'm off the ground, I'm off the land,
flying-but-drowning, understand.

CONTROL FREAKS
There is always someone
who loves to control
the bodies around them,
steal their very soul.
There is always someone
who'd rise to the top,
control the country and
give democracy the chop.

A FAT-CAT WOMAN
UP A TREE
The weekly sum
she spends on her cats,
many families live
on far less than that.

Her weekly pay
as a stuck-up MP
makes her a pussycat
near the top of the tree.

"BEAUTIFUL BUT GOODBYE"
Beautiful as is a butterfly,
yet with the sting of a bee.
To her I'd to say goodbye,
she sure wasn't the girl for me
with only her surface beauty.

for MIDDLESBROUGH MAGIC SHIP 288 (A)

HER LONGING LONESOME HEART
In London, it's Liverpool Street Station
for the girl's up North destination.
At the platform the train's just stood.
Sergeant Pepper's music plays in her head.
She hears his Lonely Heat's Club Band.
Another town seems like another land.
Love has gone away, city romance ends.
She heads for home and helpful friends.
Alone in the crowds, even with London lights,
it's back to a small town's starry nights.

APOLLO ATTENDED BY THE MUSES ?
I'm a-Mused, I'm be-Mused,
to the highest degrees
as to low-down politicians,
and to which I make no Apollo-gies !

NO MORE A MAGICAL AMOUR
There is not the magic
for her anymore
since her word-wizard
walked out the door.

Gone has the guy
who spoke into her eyes
while he caressed
so softly her thighs.

Gone now has the guy
who made her spirit rise.
Gone the girl's man
and his amour.

A LIFE-TIME'S FLOWER
were we really dying
from the time we are born,
we'd not grow to kiss life's rose
nor feel its cruel thorn.

A MORN MARE RIDE
The girl is out riding
this early morn
upon a white horse
she calls a unicorn.

A sea-breeze her gold-hair
is to blow
as she chases after
a fading rainbow.

Chase that dream,
go chase that dream,
upon a horse
white as icecream.

Chase that rainbow
across the sand
till you find yourself
in fairyland.

Chase that rainbow
but, girl, be aware
that fairyland, too,
has its nightmares.

Friday, April 12, 2019

for MIDDLESBROUGH MAGIC SHIP 287 (J)

FACT NOT FICTION
He'd build a rocket,
leave behind the EU.
Leave behind Britain,
the whole globe too.

He'd soar through space,
head for the stars.
Play Robinson Crusoe
up there on Mars.

Sick of the politicians,
of the lies and fake news.
Sick of the pollution
and of power's abuse,

yes build a rocket
he would, if he could.
So down on the ground
is his neighbourhood.

MAYTIME MAYOR
Who'll be our Mayor
elected in May ?
"We're sick of votes,"
the people say,
already worn down
by the PM May.

Monday, April 8, 2019

for MIDDLESBROUGH MAGIC SHIP 287 (I)

BRANSON PICKLE
Richard Branson,
don't an air-hostess tickle;
she might land you
in a damn pickle !