1962 and the world faced possible oblivion It was the year of nuclear confrontation Superpowers facing off over missiles in Cuba It was the pinnacle of Cold War drama. While for the first time on the movie screen James Bond, on service to Her Majesty the Queen Fights Dr. No while drinking vodka martini And still has time to romance the ladies. The world was doing the Twist with Chubby Checker, The Beatles took on Ringo Starr as drummer The Telstar made possible trans-Atlantic broadcasting And Rachel Carson raised the alarm about Silent Spring. A small town girl named Norma Jean Came to Hollywood to fulfill her dreams But the world of fame has its dark and soul sapping side And in 1962, Marilyn Monroe slipped into the night Into this year, I was born on the 13th September The doctor spanked me and made me holler And since then I have been ready to expect The good and the bad out of this strange life. Altogether, methinks that 1962 was quite the year.