and in the shop…
“Mr Bowlly Regrets”,
“Napoleon Solo Biscuits”
King’s England Press;
short stories inspired by the music hall –
“Brand New Beat”,
“The Mice That Roared”
“Turned Out Nice Again”
King’s England Press
Mr Bowlly regrets he’s unable to sing today, Madam,
Mr Bowlly regrets, he’s unable to sing today …
That voice’s lemon-drop perfection, his
name on blue plaque, mass memorial
for fatalities after heavy bombing.
Fateful decision, returning to his flat
to be killed by a falling door.
Britain’s Crosby, etched name not
doing justice to resplendent tones
Mr Bowlly regrets he’s unable to sing today,
Madam, Mr Bowlly regrets, he’s unable to sing today …
Voice smoothing fist-fight edges,
as housewives, cleaners, factory-girls
tuned-in for the thrill of life as ‘just
a bowl of cherries,’ ‘dreaming.’
Now he’s on record, footage, even
an Al impersonator, vocal cocoa rich
singing of ‘stars and you.’ Better
memorial than hard-carved letters.
Mr Bowlly sings soft, if you’ll tune-in today, Madam,
Mr Bowlly sings soft, if you’ll only tune in today,
He’s sorry song was delayed,
would hate to leave girls dismayed, Madam,
Mr Bowlly sings dreams, if you tune in, today.