Roger McGough

(November 9 - 1937 / Liverpool / England)

Let Me Die A Youngman's Death - Poem by Roger McGough

Let me die a youngman's death
not a clean and inbetween
the sheets holywater death
not a famous-last-words
peaceful out of breath death

When I'm 73
and in constant good tumour
may I be mown down at dawn
by a bright red sports car
on my way home
from an allnight party

Or when I'm 91
with silver hair
and sitting in a barber's chair
may rival gangsters
with hamfisted tommyguns burst in
and give me a short back and insides

Or when I'm 104
and banned from the Cavern
may my mistress
catching me in bed with her daughter
and fearing for her son
cut me up into little pieces
and throw away every piece but one

Let me die a youngman's death
not a free from sin tiptoe in
candle wax and waning death
not a curtains drawn by angels borne
'what a nice way to go' death


Comments about Let Me Die A Youngman's Death by Roger McGough

  • (7/13/2018 1:59:00 PM)


    Please, this is such a popular and wonderful poem, get someone awake to record a reading for your site. (Report) Reply

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  • (7/4/2018 9:51:00 AM)


    Dark humoured way of looking at death. Very original and a pleasure to read. Oh but the dark of the humour! Topclass read. (Report) Reply

  • (7/3/2018 12:23:00 PM)


    ok i had death playing cards means that i’m closer to 💀 (Report) Reply

  • (6/20/2018 2:58:00 PM)


    Wow dumb words I know, but those could well be my prayers (Report) Reply

  • (6/20/2018 9:11:00 AM)


    i love this song
    who wants to play duos
    (Report) Reply

  • (6/9/2018 4:18:00 PM)


    What a dreadful voice over for the readings. Computerised, soul less - awful. Far better not to have it read out at all than ruined in this way. (Report) Reply

  • (6/3/2018 9:27:00 PM)


    Goooooooooooooood (Report) Reply

  • Britte Ninad (5/22/2018 4:04:00 AM)


    Let me die a youngman's death
    not a free from sin tiptoe in
    candle wax and waning death
    not a curtains drawn by angels borne
    'what a nice way to go' death

    sympathized
    (Report) Reply

  • (5/20/2018 1:13:00 PM)


    It is a nice poem you can also read this one https:medium.com@94e87c6e2053472eaa135659 (Report) Reply

  • (5/19/2018 9:07:00 PM)


    a death realllly I'm on my daddddddds computer and I look at thisssssss wow nice poeeeeem (Report) Reply

  • (5/3/2018 7:00:00 AM)


    this is the most AMAZING poem ever i never thought that i would want to plan my death like that very nice (Report) Reply

  • (4/27/2018 7:13:00 AM)


    A very poor reading of this poem. Why did you not get Roger McGough to read it himself or at least someone who understands and can express the words. (Report) Reply

  • (4/23/2018 3:00:00 AM)


    right job of a poem skrrrr pop pop (Report) Reply

  • (4/10/2018 4:09:00 PM)


    Hello, everyone. I am trying to find a somewhat humorous poem about death that I heard a few years ago and just loved. As I recall, it was about how the best way to go is to be completely used up at the end of life, our bodies completely spent. Does anyone know this poem? I'd love to find it again. Thank you in advance. (Report) Reply

    (4/22/2018 4:42:00 AM)

    Try John Donne.

  • (4/9/2018 11:32:00 AM)


    ok dorky diusisfidsufgsdgfsiudgiugfiusdgfiusgidgfisdgfisdgfidsfgsiyfgdiufsdf (Report) Reply

    (4/13/2018 3:45:00 PM)

    You came searching for this poem, and after reading it that's all you could think about it?

  • (4/4/2018 11:18:00 AM)


    Short death poems (Report) Reply

  • (3/26/2018 8:20:00 AM)


    your evil bhewinooodkmejherfbndswdyefgewh2jueydgewbhw (Report) Reply

  • (3/23/2018 1:42:00 PM)


    Perfectly perfect, I loved it. (Report) Reply

  • (3/18/2018 7:27:00 PM)


    - Yxng Bane - Deezer (Report) Reply

  • (2/11/2018 12:26:00 AM)


    I have always enjoyed your sense of humour. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Tuesday, May 31, 2011


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