Remembrances

John Dennett (Sydney U3A)

I remember the times of my childhood,
I remember my first day at school;
The bell rang at eleven for playtime,
I ran straight on home like a fool.
I thought that my first day was over,
My mother of course took me back;
At lunchtime I’d have bread and butter,
Iced vo-vos as well, for a snack.

I remember the times of my childhood,
I remember the old corner store;
A penny would buy lots of lollies,
Or Cure-em-quicks, humbugs and more.
The butchers and baker delivered,
The rabbit-o man’d go past;
The milkman would fill up our billy,
And ginger beer came in stone jars.

I remember the times of my childhood,
I remember our car trips so well;
In school holidays we’d go driving,
And stay at a run-down hotel.
Our Chevy would boil in the summer,
And crawl very slowly uphill;
A tyre would burst fairly often,
The tank cost a mere pound to fill.

I remember the times of my childhood,
I remember the wireless was great;
I’d listen to ‘Yes What?’ at tea time,
And ‘Lux Radio Theatre’ at eight.
The gramophone I’d play for hours,
My memories of it won’t fade;
You simply stood there as you wound it,
Changed needles each record you played.

I remember the times of my childhood,
I remember my days at the beach;
Rubbed Skol on myself in the morning,
Still came home as pink as a peach.
So these are some things I remember
Of days when I was but a lad;
So clear in my memory forever,
But yesterday – lost it – how sad!
 

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