During 2008
In a world full of hate
and the horror of children's screams
in these years of war
terror at the door
and nothing is what it seems.
But Liverpool know
where calm waters flow
with celebration in every heart
in 2008 with dreams to create
a renaissance about to start.
A city of song
a cosmopolitan throng
steeped in a sea of culture
we open our doors
we invite you all
to Liverpool and its future.

By John Ledgerton