Saturday, 7 February 2009

There'll Always Be an England

A selection of songs that seem to exude 'Englishness' - that notion always comes to mind when I hear this first one, which seems to convey a sort of optimistic despair about the country.

You're hungry from the beer, for a takeaway; you scrub the kitchen out to pay for it.
But you only have to hear the fellow talk, and you don't want what you bought (I know)
There's nothing short of contempt at the sides of your face. We're all from the same place, aren't we mate ?.
There always will be an England, as long as the thinking survives
And you're always welcome in England. There'll always be attitudes...

There'll Always Be Attitudes - The Orgone Box
My Reply (2004) - originally on The Orgone Box (1996/2001)
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Do You Remember Walter ? - The Kinks
The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society (1968)

Do You Mind ? - Anthony Newley
The Decca Years 1959-1964

Love You 'til Tuesday - David Bowie
David Bowie (1967)

Itchycoo Park - The Small Faces
originally a 7" single (1967)

In some ways I despair more at the faux fuss over some minor celebrity using the 'golliwog' word, than the current financial umm 'downturn'. Fingers in ears, 'la la la'. There'll always be attitudes, and there'll always be arseholes; stuff 'em all - especially when both are combined.

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