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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  • jeffy marsden (12/11/2017 6:35:00 AM)

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  • helooohhghfhcdhjf (11/28/2017 9:27:00 AM)

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  • loollltjsdghdjksfjkdw4yh (11/28/2017 9:21:00 AM)

    I like my nanny she is really nice and gives me lots of cookies

  • anonimous (11/22/2017 7:03:00 PM)

    love all his poems (i am Mexican: 3) [3

  • Baymax Awetown (11/23/2016 7:57:00 PM)

    he is a fat grandpa. balalalalalalalalalalalalala. Pew pew pew pew pew pew pew

  • Thomas Mallinson (1/18/2016 12:26:00 AM)

    Does anybody know of a poem called 'wreck in east float dock' by a John Guy or David Guy?
    It was boss and i lost it years ago. Was in a copy of the big issue. proper boss it was about the Mersey and all that. if anyone can help me mallyl12@googlemail.com. Thank you, Tommy Mal.

  • Dj Sourpatch (2/2/2015 11:55:00 AM)

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  • Swagger Mcjagger (1/30/2015 11:44:00 AM)

    Roger McGough? More like Roger McGough away.

  • Rob Milne (12/9/2013 12:17:00 AM)

    Can you include more of Roger McGough's poems on your website. Memorable poems include On Picnics, A Square Dance, and What you are. Thanks and Regards, Rob Milne

  • Shatha Alsaadi (3/29/2012 1:27:00 AM)

    Dear McGough,
    I am a phD student writing about your poems, Liverpool poets, I feel neon lights come to me when I read nearly all your poems, but what amuses me more is the poem entitled strangeways: where Granny's canary revolt till gran carries out major reforms. Even canaries can not stand the beautiful cage. Thank you so much. Shatha Alsaadi

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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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