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Fifty Years

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 Its fifty years, since you were taken, the pride of football, our Busby Babes.
We’ve shed our tears, and watched the newsreels, whilst you have slumbered, in your graves.
Though life’s moved on, the Reds continue, we’ve plumbed the depths, we’ve touched the sky.
Our mem’ries of, the flowers of Manchester, like Man United, will never die.

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 Roger Byrne, our worthy captain, Geoff and Eddie, Salford brave,
David Pegg, and Tommy Taylor, Mark and Liam, such pleasure gave.
For all you men, you football stalwarts, death was instant, life was gone.
For fifteen days, of pain and struggle, mighty Duncan, lingered on.

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 We don’t forget, the other victims, United players who survived.
Some played on, achieving glory, some too injured to make the side
Our thoughts now turn to all non-players, this tragedy, was theirs as well
The wretched grief, for friends and families, so far removed from where they fell.

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 You are the strength and inspiration, for those who play your roles today.
We look for flair and pace and passion, to play the game United’s way.
Though life’s moved on, the Reds continue, we’ve plumbed the depths, we’ve touched the sky.
Our mem’ries of, the flowers of Manchester, like Man United, will never die.

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 Will never die, will never die, like Man United, will never die,

6 Leave a comment on verse 6 0 Will never die, will never die, like Man United, will never die.

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Notes

This was written last year as a song as a 50th anniversary tribute to all the victims of the Munich Air Crash on February 6th 1958. I sang the song under the Munich Plaque at Old Trafford today where there were about 120 people gathered (it was played over the PA system at Old Trafford on match day last year). Gez Mason sang “Flowers of Manchester” which also appears on your site.

Thanks for this opportunity and very good luck with your site.

Source: https://footballpoets.org/poems/fifty-years/