Music Lyric Sheets: Room 902 Amsterdam Hilton March 1969
Friday 19 March 1999
So did it change the world, that time?
Not London's world in office shoes
Which struggled joyless, back from work
To see it on the tea-time news
The traffic on the Blackfriars Bridge
Still thundered over just the same
The Sixties, not that London cared
Was over now in all but name
The Sixties over? What a shame
Or what a sham, as some insisted
They never put the posters up
Not round our way and so...
we missed it.
Hard to believe this bearded guy
Who, with granny glasses
His newly wedded voodoo bride
Once sang, a scant two years before,
"It's Getting Better". All the time,
TV and newsreel journalists
Were clustered round the pair agog
They'd booked the presidential suite
A dead-expensive room and bog
Set nine floors up above the street.
Hair Peace. Bed Peace. I really tried
To understand. I swear I did
And still a kid, defended it
From all these early skinhead types
And I was wrong and they were right
But someone hit it on the head:
"A week in bed?" my mate's mum said
As if it were an offer
On the label of a tin of rice
"Yes. I could do with that right now
And Peace - that would be very nice."
musicReview: Culture Club performs live for first time in 12 years
Children's bookseller wins The Independent's new author search
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Revolutionary lost Caravaggio painting 'Mary Magdalen in Ecstasy' identified
- 2 McKamey Manor: This 'extreme' haunted house is the stuff of nightmares
- 3 Russell Brand says he will 'probably' give up acting to focus on his revolution
- 4 Watch what happened when food critics were unknowingly served McDonald's
- 5 David Beckham's Haig Club whisky is exactly what’s wrong with the Highlands
This is what a film sex scene actually looks like on set (mostly awkward)
Revolutionary lost Caravaggio painting 'Mary Magdalen in Ecstasy' identified
After Sam Smith’s Mobo success, is the help of a pushy parent the surest route to stardom?
Pottermore: JK Rowling writes new Harry Potter story featuring 'greying' 33-year-old wizard
JK Rowling to publish new Harry Potter story online for Halloween
Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Support for EU membership 'at highest level since 1991' with most Brits wanting to stay 'in'
Thousands with degenerative conditions classified as 'fit to work in future' – despite no possibility of improvement
Attacks on 'Ukip Calypso' show how skewed people’s priorities are
Poppy Appeal 2014: This is why I won't be wearing a red poppy this year