The Sixties, was I There?

Was I there in the sixties?

I can remember it, so some say I wasn’t there.

But I can remember the great bands, the great songs.

The Beatles reigned but Elvis was King.

I was in the House where the Sun rose on The Animals,

Where Satisfaction of the Stones was missing.

Gerry walked with me so I was Never Alone,

The Searchers gave me Sweets which

Really Got Me into Something Good.

Tom found life Not Unusual

Until Lucy found the Diamonds.

The Vibrations were always Good on The Beach;

The Harem became Whiter in their Pale life.

The songs ended with Serge making love to Jane.


“I was there!” said my mate Joe

“The wars in Margate and Clacton!”

“Brighton sixty four, I was there!”

Mods and Rockers, clashing on the Beach;

And where was I, I was in the bar with friends,

Drinking beer and smoking Gauloise.

Dressed in my suit with the collarless coat;

A Dedicated Follower of Fashion.


Yes I remember The Sixties with love.

The time of my young manhood.

Times with good friends and laughter;

The bands, the dances, the girls.

The girls, always so sweet and me so coy;

Days of my innocence, a world always remembered

With fondness and love.


The change of the seventies where my life became serious

And was never the same, as marriage and children took over.

But still fashion had its price!

With my long hair, beard, pale grey bell-bottomed suit,

The white platform shoes, and of course the kipper tie,

A Dedicated Follower of Fashion?



  • orchidee

    A fine write Gold. Yes, we were there in the 60's - the 1060's too!
    You going to Chios in July (the Aegean) - 700th anniversary of that battle? I'm sure we were in that too.

    • Goldfinch60

      Thanks Orchi, both the 1060s and the 1960s changed the culture of England.

      • orchidee

        Ahh, I was just thinking - any changes since 1066?!

      • dusk arising

        Yes those were the days, i must be a couple of years your junior for elvis was a 'has been' - my older sisters king, not mine. But her Duane Eddy and Johnny Tillotson did fill the house before my Otis Redding and Temptations took over. Scooters, fur lined parka collars, union jacks, tiger tails, and dad's reams of green shield stamps from his motoring. Oh and Embassy coupons... nostalgia.

        Thanks for the memory trip.

        • Goldfinch60

          Green shield stamps, now there's a memory you have brought back, my Mum had so many of them.
          Thanks for your fine comments d a.

        • ANGELA & BRIAN

          Thanks UNCLE ANDY : for a great Tribute to the SIXTIES ! They came & they went but they will never ever DIE : My Generation & the next wont let them ! Cool Music & Cool Dress & Love WAS in the Air. In our Poem today (Status Quo) we have showcased the BYRDS : But GROUPWISE the Beatles will for ever be UNBEATABLE !
          Blessings & Love to You & Joyce :
          ANGELA & BRIAN 🧡🧡🧡🧡🧡

          • Goldfinch60

            The sixties were very special as they allowed freedom to return to that generation.

          • Neville

            As Mary Hopkin once sang.. Those were the days my friend.. Although I was around throughout the 60's, I came of age during the next decade .. I still wore my hair long and nowt but denim & patchouli oil when not at work until much later.. at work I was renown for my kipper ties... and here is a little known fact but totally true.. I once sang on stage at the Bedford Lido with Gerry Marsden & the Pacemakers.. thanks ever so for a delightful nostalgic ride back in time.... Neville

            • Goldfinch60

              Thank you Neville. I saw Gerry and the Pacemakers at our local theatre about four years ago and hi was still as good with that high voice, a good night was had by us all.

              • Neville

                good to hear.....

              • Michael Edwards

                What makes it worse for me is I was there in the late 50s as well - no mention of Buddy holly - he was my favourite and I still have the vinyl (even the early Brunswick recordings) - oh those were the days.Thanks for the look back Andy - a fine reminder.

                • Goldfinch60

                  Ah, Buddy Holly, I know the words to all his songs, such a tragedy when he died.

                • Candlewitch

                  I came of age in the 70's but I was a rocker from the start. I also remember and love Buddy Holly. thanks for reminding me of the great ones!

                  *hugs, Cat

                  • Goldfinch60

                    Thank you Cat. The music of the seventies was/is fabulous, Moody Blues, Pink Floyd etc.

                  • FineB

                    Hello Goldfinch60,

                    What a brilliant poem and an incredible journey through the Sixties.

                    Keep writing Fine B

                    • Goldfinch60

                      Thank you FineB, it was a great time.

                    • Joanna Garrido

                      I just read your poem. Really enjoyed. Although I wrote psychedelia and liked the doors, my teens were 70s with glam rock and all that.

                      • Goldfinch60

                        Thank you Joanna. The sixties opened the door for the great groups of the seventies like Pink Floyd and the Moody Blues.

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