Roger McGough

(November 9 - 1937 / Liverpool / England)

Roger McGough
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McGough was born in Litherland, Lancashire, to the north of Liverpool, the city with which he is firmly associated, and was educated at the University of Hull at a time when Philip Larkin was the librarian there. Returning to Merseyside in the early 1960s, he worked as a teacher and, with John Gorman, organised arts events. After meeting Mike McGear the trio formed The Scaffold, working the Edinburgh Festival until they signed to Parlophone records in 1966. The group scored several hit records, reaching number one in the UK Singles Chart in 1968 with their version of "Lily The Pink". McGough wrote the lyrics for many of the group's songs and also recorded the musical comedy/poetry ... more »

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  • victoria (9/8/2018 12:48:00 PM)

    I love Roger McGough's work but can tell which one of Roger's books contain 'Vow'. I'd appreciate any help, thanks.

  • Jim Sav (9/1/2018 12:51:00 AM)

    Hi All. The other day I was reminded of a poem by Roger about a grandma who her family thought was mad because she remembered going outside (& some other stuff.) As the poem progresses you realize that she isn’t mad but some th8ngs that seem natural now are not possible in the future due to acid rain. Anyone know it’s name? I’m trying to find it on t’internet but can’t find it (or am I the one that’s going mad! ]

  • Roger McGough (8/21/2018 11:35:00 AM)

    Thank You Vincent. Very Great

  • Vincent (8/21/2018 11:34:00 AM)

    Roger I love your Poem's Im using one of them for my school project Great Work!

  • Maisy jade (8/18/2018 6:08:00 AM)

    Great poet

  • Roger McGough (8/14/2018 8:29:00 PM)

    Thank you thank you. Love all the comments. Keep it up my friends, Ha Ha Ha lovely. :)

  • Britte Ninad Britte Ninad (8/13/2018 1:55:00 AM)

    The Brilliant Smart Writer

  • John Lawson (7/31/2018 8:20:00 AM)

    The man is a genius.

  • pedrothepedo (6/20/2018 9:21:00 AM)

    fun with little kids

  • bobthebuilder (6/20/2018 9:20:00 AM)

    me in the jerry

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Best Poem of Roger McGough

Let Me Die A Youngman's Death

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 ...

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