The Nazis drove through Paris. Elvis got fat and died. Babe Ruth was supplanted by Maris. The President lied. I have survived a number of shocks. You were young, you were beautiful, you said My heart is a halo of flame. I haven't heard if you are still dead, But no one knows your name. Backward reel the clocks. Our trees are green again this year. The drainpipes drain to the sea. Somebody pops a Mexican beer, But love was your cup of tea: Till the stars collapsed and the sun burned out And everyone learned beyond a doubt Love is a plate of cold rocks.