Oxygen

I am the very air
you breathe
Your first
and last
breath

I welcomed you
at birth
Shall bid
farewell
at death

I am the Kiss of Life
its ebb and flow
With your last gasp
You will call my name:
'o o o o o o o o'

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I am the very air
you breathe
Your first
and last
breath

I welcomed you
at birth
Shall bid
farewell
at death

I am the Kiss of Life
its ebb and flow
With your last gasp
You will call my name:
'o o o o o o o o'


from Collected Poems, Viking 2003

Recordings

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1Nine to Five

2Introduction / Here I Am / Fame

3Greek Tragedy / The Terrible Outside

4The Man in the Moon

5Learning to Read / Wearing Thin / The Railings / What Does Your Father Do? / Posh

6You and I

7At the Bottom of the Street / M.I.L.T. / Honey & Lemon

8Sporting Relations: Uncle Pat; Aunty Dora; Aunt Ermintrude; Cousin Nell; Cousin Daisy

940-Love

10Fired with Enthusiasm / The Mini Metro

12Everyday Eclipses / Survivor / Let Me Die a Young Man's Death

13Bob Dylan and the Blue Angel / Hey Dude / A Bolt from the Blue / Thank U Very Much

14In Vain / The Health Forecast

15Oxygen

16Children's Poems: The Missing Sock / Well Wisher / Head / Life Ain't Nuttin' But A Hill O' Beans / Spelling Bees / Bad Bad Cats / Mafia Cats

17Tsutsumu

18Manx / Perreq / Perfect Crime / Divine Juggler

19Funicular Railway

20Defying Gravity

21The Trouble with Snowmen

22Cinders / The Way Things Are

23Refrain: Everyday Eclipses

Books by Roger McGough