The Long and often Winding Road-
That we all have shared with You-
Reminds us of our Yesterday-
With Friends-and Lovers too-
Allerton Boy -we claim You La’-
We have Chained You to our Hearts-
Though rusty now-those steel chains- can never pull apart.
From ‘Penny Lane’ and ‘Strawberry Fields’-
You one day walked away-
And left behind two Liver Birds-
Who bid You-“Go-be Free”.
Your Music conquered Foreign Lands-
Told ‘JoJo’ -“Let it Be”-
That Love was all She needed-
And that Love would set Her Free-
We mourned You at the Dead of Night-
Then watched You fly once more-
The Blackbird gave You Courage-
You reached the Hidden Shore-
So ‘Happy Birthday’ noble Knight-
Proud ‘Prince of Liverpool’-
Well ‘Shake it up Baby now’-
Let’s do that ‘Twist and Shout’.
Written on the Occasion of Sir Paul McCartney’s 80th Birthday.