Thursday, December 13, 2012

Poetry Friday: Waterloo Sunset



My favorite picture that I took from my trip to Copenhagen this past summer was of a sunset at nearly 10 o'clock. I was alone on a bike ride when I parked on a bridge to take this picture. It was a day that I'll never forget. A song that captures this moment for me was written by Ray Davies of The Kinks. Waterloo Sunset is narrated by a man staring out his window and enjoying the view of the Thames River and Waterloo Station. It is one of the most beloved songs of the rock and roll era. If I taught mood to middle or high school students, I would use these lyrics. 

Waterloo Sunset
Dirty old river, must you keep rolling
Flowing into the night
People so busy, makes me feel dizzy
Taxi light shines so bright
But I don’t need no friends
As long as I gaze on Waterloo Sunset
I am in paradise

Every day I look at the world from my window
But chilly, chilly is the evening time
Waterloo Sunset’s fine

Terry meets Julie, Waterloo Station
Every Friday night
But I am so lazy, don’t want to wander
I stay at home at night
But I don’t feel afraid
As long as I gaze on Waterloo Sunset
I am in paradise

Every day I look at the world from my window
But chilly, chilly is the evening time
Waterloo Sunset’s fine

Millions of people swarming like flies ’round Waterloo Underground
But Terry and Julie cross over the river
Where they feel safe and sound
And they don’t need no friends
As long as they gaze on Waterloo Sunset
They are in paradise

Waterloo Sunset’s fine



8 comments:

  1. The photograph is absolutely beautiful. I find it difficult to imagine a sunset at ten in the evening - I come from a tropical country where the sun religiously sets at around 630-7 in the evening. every single day of the year. haha. i did experience summer in north america, but its not as hardcore as this one. Waterloo Sunset is beautiful, Jeff. Lovely music.

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    1. Myra, thank you for the compliment! I appreciate you stopping by!

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  2. What a mood. Lovely photo and poem!

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  3. I remember these sunsets - and how disorienting it was to have light so late into the night. Great song, too.

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    1. For me, the sunrise at 4:30 was more problematic. Thank you for stopping by, Tara!

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  4. Amazing photo! Great lyrics -- was lucky to see the Kinks perform once in Hawaii :).

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    1. Oh wow! That's pretty cool. Thank you for visiting today, Jama!

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