I wanna be yours – John Cooper Clarke (the man behind the hairstyle)

The first time I heard of John Cooper Clarke was in an interview with Arctic Monkeys when they were still touring for their first album Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not. Alex Turner mentioned him as one of his great influences and that Cooper was his favourite poet in school. When I looked him up, I found one of my favourite poems ever.

Clarke (born 1949, in Salford) is a performance poet who is considered to be a major figure in punk poetry and the punk literature movement. During the heyday of punk music in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Clarke opened for such acts as The Sex Pistols, Joy Division and Siouxsie and The Banshees. Since then he’s continued working solidly. This is I Wanna Be Yours.

I Wanna Be Yours

I wanna be your vacuum cleaner
Breathing in your dust,
I wanna be your Ford Cortina
I will never rust,
If you like your coffee hot
Let me be your coffee pot,
You call the shots,
I wanna be yours.

I wanna be your raincoat
For those frequent rainy days,
I wanna be your dreamboat
When you want to sail away,
Let me be your teddy bear
Take me with you anywhere,
I don’t care
I wanna be yours.

I wanna be your electric meter
I will not run out,
I wanna be the electric heater
You’ll get cold without,
I wanna be your setting lotion
Hold your hair in deep devotion,
Deep as the deep Atlantic ocean
that’s how deep is my devotion.



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