Before (written 1978)

It doesn’t take a birthday
to see its getting older
the place is so decrepit
its crumbling on every shoulder

From Huyton down to Garston
from Garston to North end
the place needs lots of money
to renew it and to spend

on great housing projects
that will put the heart back in
for what they did to Liverpool
is really quite a sin.

By Phillipa Jones