Pop thinking

Snake-oil and quackery

Mar 12th, 2014 | By | Category: Pop thinking

The Scaffold, the group that included Paul McCartney’s brother, Peter, and Roger McGough, who would become one of England’s leading poets, recorded Lily the Pink, a comedy song which would reach Number One in the charts at Christmas 1968. It captured the imagination of an eight year old listening  to the radio at that distant Christmas time and almost five decades later it seems one of the most sensible songs ever written. The refrain goes:

We’ll drink a drink, a drink ,
To Lily the Pink, the Pink,