As a university student back in the early 1990’s and before then, I had ideas for songs as I’m sure everyone does and for want of a better description other than scribblings, poems too.
The poem “Saturday Afternoon” began to take shape as I navigated my way through Birmingham on the way to lectures or local record shops, constantly bombarded by minor political parties, religious sects, con men, sales men and people who needed money for cups of tea.
For small minorities
Informing us of fiscal policies
Far away atrocities
Educated and full of hypocrisy
Just a hobby for the weekends
Manipulating thoughts provoking reaction
Happy as the ignorant, not belligerent
Never thinking but ever smiling
You read Marx and Engels
While I dream of shopping at Marks and Spencer
Saturday Afternoon was published in the Pennine Ink in 1993 which was inspiring news, or I guess some validation, recognition but I had submitted others that didn’t quite make it but more on that in a later post.
My little poem, harmless I thought did prove to ruffle peoples feathers which were never the intentions of the author. The story was more about daily life and the ability to have your own views and opinions.
It was always my intention or wish to have music accompany the story and visuals too. In 2002 I filmed a political demonstration in Sydney as part of film course project which is the footage used below along with voice over and music I created.