Sally Evans

Rookie - 20 Points (1942 / London)

Ringo's Song [beatles] - Poem by Sally Evans

I am not the great John, bold and zany,
many-talented, a fun man, brainy,
brought up in Liverpool, shot in New York
before he had properly finished his work.
No, I am Ringo, I bang my drum,
Rumpety tum tara-bam-bam boom.

Nor am I Paul, the emotional one,
his wives and music never done,
went on to Classical after Wings,
with Standing Stone and some other fine things.
No, I am Ringo and I bang my drum,
Rumpety tum tara-bam-bam boom.

Then there 's George who died of cancer,
no, I am not that appealing chancer
whose wife took a lamp and lamped an intruder
and who fell for the Maharashi and Buddha.
No, I am Ringo and I bang my drum,
Rumpety tum tara-bam-bam boom.

I am not so famous as all the rest
though I kept them together with my rhythm and zest.
I am wealthy enough and I live pretty well
but who the hell am I? Who can tell?
Yes, I am Ringo and I bang my drum,
Tara-tara-tara-tara rumpety tum.

Topic(s) of this poem: people

Poet's Notes about The Poem

performed in Stirling Smith Museum and Mediterranea June 2014

Comments about Ringo's Song [beatles] by Sally Evans

  • Kim Barney (12/24/2014 8:16:00 AM)

    Enjoyed the poem. There was another drummer before Ringo, but I'm not enough of a Beatles fan to have studied them and can tell you who it was. (Report) Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • Jacqueline Nash (7/25/2014 4:05:00 AM)

    Poor Ringo, the most unpopular of the four. But he did get to narrate Thomas and Friends. Love your poem, very quirky. (Report) Reply

  • (6/8/2014 9:22:00 AM)

    Yes, without old Ringo there n the back there would not have existed the Beatles! Kudos to you on a great poem! (Report) Reply

  • Francis Lynch (6/6/2014 4:05:00 PM)

    I like it. What about Pete and Stu, Brian and George? (Report) Reply

  • Francis Lynch (6/6/2014 4:04:00 PM)

    I like it.What about Pete and Stu, and George and Brian, and the guy who filled in for Ringo on tour? (Report) Reply

Read all 5 comments »

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

Poem Submitted: Friday, June 6, 2014

Famous Poems

  1. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  2. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  5. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  6. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  7. Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  8. Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep
    Mary Elizabeth Frye
  9. I Do Not Love You Except Because I Love You
    Pablo Neruda
  10. A Dream Within A Dream
    Edgar Allan Poe
[Report Error]