In the ‘Land of Song and Literature’ that is Wales, what could be more natural than writing music and poetry? So this book is a collection of song lyrics and limericks. It is primarily a light-hearted look at the worlds of song writing and poetry. But it is much more than that. It is also a patchwork quilt of interviews, autobiography and mythology. Each lyric and set of limericks is preceded by prose, related (sometimes tenuously) to the reason for writing the verse. The lyrics were not written as poems, they are verses divorced from their musical settings.
Are song lyrics poetry? This is a theme which runs through the book. Nine authors and songwriters were asked this question. The list of those who contributed is like a ‘Who’s Who’ of Welsh music and poetry. Dannie Abse, Steve Balsamo, Peter Finch, Ron Griffiths, Paul Henry, Gwyneth Lewis, Robert Minhinnick, Mal Pope and solitary Scot Al Stewart. Their answers to this and other questions make fascinating reading. There is also a previously unpublished short poem from Robert Minhinnick and a two line verse from Paul Henry.
What was their conclusion? Are song lyrics the same as poetry? For the answers be sure to read the entertaining ‘Lyrics and Limericks’.
About the Author
The youngest of six children, John Davies was born in Port Talbot in 1948. He attended Glanafan Grammar School and has been happily married to Adrianne since 1971. Their son Ian was born in 1979. Ian is happily married to Tina and they have a daughter called Freya. John has been a fitness fanatic all his life and is treasurer of Port Talbot Harriers and president of Welsh Masters Athletics. He has an eclectic collection of published works including - 'Hewl, Stori Geraint Grifflths' (with Geraint Davies), 'Chester to Chepstow', Lyricks and Limericks' and 'Trevor the One Eyed Tractor'. He retired after 30 years service with BP Chemicals and has been running, writing, cycling and playing guitar ever since.