A cartoon of an open front door with burglars, rapists and murderers waiting outside. By Oddball Times

Kids played freely in the street
Eating Spam instead of meat
Back when you could leave your front door unlocked

Gossiping over the garden fence
You could buy a week’s shopping with half-a-pence
Back when you could leave your front door unlocked

You knew the name of the people next door
All cosy in the shelter during the war
Back when you could leave your front door unlocked

Nee-naw nee-naw, bobbies on the beat
All the powdered egg that you could eat
Back when you could leave your front door unlocked

Marbles, Hopscotch, conkers and Jacks
Ration books, Woodbines and wool anthrax
Back when you could leave your front door unlocked

Scout leaders and headmasters
Train robberies and air disasters
Back when you could leave your front door unlocked

Tripe, duffle coats and scuffed knees
Budgies, coal mines and lung disease
Back when you could leave your front door unlocked

No problems, no issues and no worries
The Krays, The Richardsons and Vesta curries
Back when you could leave your front door unlocked

The Beatles, The Kinks and The Troggs
Teddy Boys, Mods and Golliwogs
Back when you could leave your front door unlocked

Everything was going well
Morris Minors and Mary Bell
Back when you could leave your front door unlocked

No bad at all, only good
Enoch Powell, Rivers Of Blood
Back when you could leave your front door unlocked

Sunday Roasts, milkmen and “good mornings”
Bloody Friday, The IRA and coded warnings
Back when you could leave your front door unlocked

Cheap gas prices, leaving the cooker on
John Haigh, John Christie and Bible John
Back when you could leave your front door unlocked

Dantron, Thalidomide and Panadol
The Enigma Machine and Stilboestrol
Back when you could leave your front door unlocked

Homosexual incarcerations and posthumous pardons
Asbestos exposure and back street abortions
Back when you could leave your front door unlocked

When a man was a man and a woman was a lady
Myra Hindley and Ian Brady
Wasn’t it great when you could leave your front door unlocked?

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