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Music World  →  News  →  Paul McCartney

Handwritten Paul McCartney Poem For Spike Milligan Raises Thousands

November 26, 2008
Handwritten Paul McCartney Poem For Spike Milligan Raises ThousandsA poem written by Sir Paul McCartney for the comedian Spike Milligan has raised £6,000 at an auction in London.

The handwritten poem, entitled The Poet of Dumswoman Lane, includes a cartoon called The Nutters of Starvecrow Lane, which features a man and woman giving a thumbs up sign.

Auctioneers at Bonhams auction house had only expected it to fetch between £1,500 to £2,000.

Sir Paul often visited Milligan's house in Rye for a cup of tea when the Beatles were recording nearby.

The poem, which is addressed to SPIKE MAN, reads:

"The voice of the poet of Dumbwoman's Lane/Can be heard across vallies [sic] of sugar-burned cane/And nostrils that sleep through the wildest of nights /Will be twitching to gain aromatic insights.

“The wife of the farmer of Poppinghole Lane/Can be seen from the cab of the Robertsbridge train/And passengers comments will frequently turn/To the wages the wife of a farmer can earn/The poet of Dumbwoman's lane sallies forth/He is hoping for no-one to see."

The poem is signed: "With love Paul (YESTERDAY'S MAN.)" Milligan died six years ago aged 83.

A total of 100 lots raised £73,000 at the auction yesterday (November 25th).

(by Jason Gregory)

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