I know you love me but if you follow me I'll love you too!

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Manchester 4ish...

Up in flames like the chippy on China Lane
This car park on a vacant lot
Was once the site of the burnt out shell
Of the only shop that didn’t get bombed in the war

Shoulder to shoulder shoehorned to attention  
All ages and colours and creeds
From Piccadilly to the Daily Express
With their photographic memories
Those beautiful buildings mesmerising me

Drawing us all - including you - into
The bestest little city in the world
And how we miss our china plates
Woolworth's and The Queen's Hotel
New Brown Street and Swan Lane
And whatever happened to Tommy Ducks

For forty-five years I’ve wanted to paint you  
Map you - photograph you half to death
Your shop fronts change - logos come and go
But the beauty of your facades remain

It’s funny how so many young thin  
Fashionista’s like such old fashioned things
All those gold and diamond rings
That they buy from the pawn shop
Where the sex shop used to be

Some people never get sick and old
They tell the same jokes that they were told
Sell the brown brogues that they sold
In eighteen-sixty-nine and the years unfold
Like the Tib Street Parrot and the price of gold

Fashion is the passion for all ages
The vintage clothes stores are the New Oasis
The inking parlours and the piercing places
For the cafĂ© cavemen and The Millstone Elvis  
We all fall down in the middle Yates’s

Glitterista and her sister are out on the razz
If looks could kill in mum’s ball gown
Up to the nines in The Castle and all that jazz
The wholesale markets are well out of bounds

Advertising boards now clutter the pavements
The hairdressers and the bargain basements
From Diet Deli to the gutter - screaming
All Day Breakfast’s - Bacon and Sausage Barm’s
Non Stop Breakfasts’s - Free Coffee Refills
Hot Custard - Bakewell puddings - Manchester Tarts

But this is an empty car park on a vacant lot
That was once the site of the burnt out shell
Of the only shop that didn’t get bombed in the war


1 comment:

  1. JUST TO LET YOU KNOW - New Brown Street and Swan Lane were two of the streets that were swallowed up by the Arndale shopping centre which was built in the 1970's. Tommy Ducks was a pub that was controversially demolished to make way for an office block. The Daily Express building is on Great Ancoats Street. The Castle is a pub on Oldham Street. There used to be three Yates's wine lodges on Oldham Street. The middle Yates's is now Matt and Phreds Jazz Club. The Millstone is a pub on Thomas Street that boasts a lively afternoon cabaret. Tib Street used to be known for its pet shops.Woolworth's which also closed after a fire is now a Travelodge and retail units.The China Lane Chippy (Fish and Chip shop) was just off Piccadilly. Oasis was originally in the Underground Market off Brown Street where the Market Street Tesco store is now.


.Posts over eight days old will go to comment moderation - all genuine comments good bad or indifferent will eventually be published. Spam will be deleted. Many thanks for visiting today.