Lent Poem #24

It’s fifty years since music from Radio Caroline pushed aside the blanket of broadcasting blandness and woke Britain to a brighter musical future. ‘Not Fade Away’ was the first record played and how true that has been.


Castaways on a North Sea ship

Adrift on waves of the sea, sent out

Radical radio waves to rip

Out the older order of things: shout

Louder for change and give a choice;

Installed a bright new culture. Youth

Needs to be heard with a voice

Endless as the songs they sing of truth.


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