Performing ‘The Way We Were’ at the British Library launch of the Gay UK Exhibition
Newly arrived in London
Seeking fame, fortune, friendship…
And the kind of sex we couldn’t find
In our small towns and villages.
We were ravenous.
Wanted to grab life by the throat,
Or, fall in and be overwhelmed by it.
Grow into ourselves.
We were gagging for it.
Brimming with fear and excitement.
Impatient for a brand new life,
Of our own making.
We took courses.
Loitered in clubs, pubs and places,
Hoping to meet a bona-fida homosexual
Or become one.
We marched together
On streets paved with hope and wonder
Held hands at Greenham – shouted
Made love as much as possible.
The way we were
We thought would never change or end
Now the way we are today
Will tomorrow’s history amend