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  • Mad_Malx
    Mad_Malx Posts: 5,001
    Although Tube Station at Midnight is one of my all time favorites, the timeline bothers me.
    Why is he buying a takeaway and then getting the tube, and his Mrs getting the wine out at midnight. Is he working shifts or something?
    (Yes I have eaten and drunk wine after midnight, but not as part of the ordinary life portrayed).
  • carbonclem
    carbonclem Posts: 1,584
    Mad_Malx said:

    Although Tube Station at Midnight is one of my all time favorites, the timeline bothers me.
    Why is he buying a takeaway and then getting the tube, and his Mrs getting the wine out at midnight. Is he working shifts or something?
    (Yes I have eaten and drunk wine after midnight, but not as part of the ordinary life portrayed).

    I assume he’s ‘down in the tube station at midnight’ left incapacitated and reflecting on the attack that has already occurred. I mean, no way were tubes running that late anyway, right?
    Wellers lyrical observations via The Jam and his political commentary in the Style Council are still relevant today. Quite amazing given his age - dealing with subjects such as depression in Private Hell for example.
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  • pblakeney
    pblakeney Posts: 25,706
    As he hadn’t been married there’s a good chance that it’s all made up just to make a story. A fantasy of a wife at home waiting for her husband and it all goes wrong?
    Who’s not had a cheeky takeaway after a night out before getting home?
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  • bonk_king
    bonk_king Posts: 277
    Mad_Malx said:

    Although Tube Station at Midnight is one of my all time favorites, the timeline bothers me.
    Why is he buying a takeaway and then getting the tube, and his Mrs getting the wine out at midnight. Is he working shifts or something?
    (Yes I have eaten and drunk wine after midnight, but not as part of the ordinary life portrayed).

    The timeline works for me. In my eyes he was in the tube station at a decent hour waiting for the tube. He got savagely attacked, possibly to the point of unconsciousness, and lay their for a while.

    When he came round it was midnight and then he immediately started thinking if his wife at home worrying where he was. She'd set the table and opened the wine and was just awaiting his arrival with the takeaway.

    It's quite chilling when he says, "they took the keys, and she'll think it's me", indicating that the attackers may make their way to his house!

    The only thing that doesn't sit well with me is that that indicates he had his address on his keyring! Do people really do that?

    I mean it works both ways. Lose your keys and some kind hearted soul may find them and deliver them to you. But also a thief would have a field day if they nicked your keys and found your address attached.



  • Pross
    Pross Posts: 40,435
    Could have had some ID on him with an address.

    Just had a quick look through the music channels over breakfast and stumbled across Beautiful South singing Song For Whoever which, like many of their songs, has some decent lyrics.
  • pblakeney
    pblakeney Posts: 25,706
    Pross said:

    Could have had some ID on him with an address.

    Just had a quick look through the music channels over breakfast and stumbled across Beautiful South singing Song For Whoever which, like many of their songs, has some decent lyrics.

    That reminds me. Just Checkin' lyrics are a lot more meaningful than the poppy sound.
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  • rick_chasey
    rick_chasey Posts: 72,517
    pblakeney said:


    Who’s not had a cheeky takeaway after a night out before getting home?

    Me.
  • pblakeney
    pblakeney Posts: 25,706
    edited May 2023

    pblakeney said:


    Who’s not had a cheeky takeaway after a night out before getting home?

    Me.
    Sad.
    Then again, I don't envisage you as someone who goes out out.
    The above may be fact, or fiction, I may be serious, I may be jesting.
    I am not sure. You have no chance.
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  • focuszing723
    focuszing723 Posts: 7,196
    edited May 2023
    Come gather 'round people
    Wherever you roam
    And admit that the waters
    Around you have grown
    And accept it that soon
    You'll be drenched to the bone
    If your time to you is worth savin'
    And you better start swimmin'
    Or you'll sink like a stone
    For the times they are a-changin'

    Come writers and critics
    Who prophesize with your pen
    And keep your eyes wide
    The chance won't come again
    And don't speak too soon
    For the wheel's still in spin
    And there's no tellin' who
    That it's namin'
    For the loser now
    Will be later to win
    For the times they are a-changin'

    Come senators, congressmen
    Please heed the call
    Don't stand in the doorway
    Don't block up the hall
    For he that gets hurt
    Will be he who has stalled
    The battle outside ragin'
    Will soon shake your windows
    And rattle your walls
    For the times they are a-changin'

    Come mothers and fathers
    Throughout the land
    And don't criticize
    What you can't understand
    Your sons and your daughters
    Are beyond your command
    Your old road is rapidly agin'
    Please get out of the new one
    If you can't lend your hand
    For the times they are a-changin'

    The line it is drawn
    The curse it is cast
    The slow one now
    Will later be fast
    As the present now
    Will later be past
    The order is rapidly fadin'
    And the first one now
    Will later be last
    For the times they are a-changin'


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  • rick_chasey
    rick_chasey Posts: 72,517
    pblakeney said:

    pblakeney said:


    Who’s not had a cheeky takeaway after a night out before getting home?

    Me.
    Sad.
    Then again, I don't envisage you as someone who goes out out.
    Charming.
  • orraloon
    orraloon Posts: 12,663

    pblakeney said:

    pblakeney said:


    Who’s not had a cheeky takeaway after a night out before getting home?

    Me.
    Sad.
    Then again, I don't envisage you as someone who goes out out.
    Charming.
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    Ridicule is nothing to be scared of

  • bonk_king
    bonk_king Posts: 277
    Punctured bicycle on a hillside, desolate.

    Will nature make a man of me yet.

    And in this charming car....this charming man.

    Looks like this thread is turning into song association, lol.
  • mrb123
    mrb123 Posts: 4,608
    Pistol shots ring out in the barroom night
    Enter Patty Valentine from the upper hall
    She sees a bartender in a pool of blood
    Cries out, "my God, they killed them all"
    Here comes the story of the Hurricane
    The man the authorities came to blame
    For somethin' that he never done
    Put in a prison cell, but one time he coulda been
    The champion of the world
    Three bodies lyin' there, does Patty see
    And another man named Bello, movin' around mysteriously
    "I didn't do it" he says, and he throws up his hands
    "I was only robbin' the register, I hope you understand"
    "I saw them leavin'" he says, and he stops
    "One of us had better call up the cops"
    And so Patty calls the cops
    And they arrive on the scene
    With their red lights flashin' in a hot New Jersey night
    Meanwhile, far away in another part of town
    Rubin Carter and a couple of friends are drivin' around
    Number one contender for the middleweight crown
    Had no idea what kinda shit was about to go down
    When a cop pulled him over to the side of the road
    Just like the time before and the time before that
    In Paterson that's just the way things go
    If you're black you might as well not show up on the street
    'Less you want to draw the heat
    Alfred Bello had a partner and he had a rap for the cops
    Him and Arthur Dexter Bradley were just out prowlin' around
    He said "I saw two men runnin' out, they looked like middleweights
    Jumped into a white car with out-of-state plates"
    And Miss Patty Valentine just nodded her head
    Cop said "Wait a minute, boys, this one's not dead"
    So they took him to the infirmary
    And though this man could hardly see
    They told him he could identify the guilty men
    Four in the mornin' and they haul Rubin in
    They took him to the hospital and they brought him upstairs
    The wounded man looks up through his one dyin' eye
    Say "Why'd you bring him in here for? He ain't the guy"
    Here's the story of the Hurricane
    The man the authorities came to blame
    For somethin' that he never done
    Put in a prison cell, but one time he coulda been
    The champion of the world
    Four months later, the ghettos are in flame
    Rubin's in South America, fightin' for his name
    While Arthur Dexter Bradley's still in the robbery game
    And the cops are puttin' the screws to him, lookin' for somebody to blame
    "Remember that murder that happened in a bar?"
    "Remember you said you saw the getaway car?"
    "You think you'd like to play ball with the law?"
    "Think it mighta been that fighter that you saw runnin' that night?"
    "Don't forget that you are white"
    Arthur Dexter Bradley said "I'm really not sure"
    The cops said "A poor boy like you, could use this break
    We got you for the motel job and we're talkin' to your friend Bello
    You don't want to have to go back to jail, be a nice fellow
    You'll be doin' society a favor
    That son of a bitch is brave and gettin' braver
    We want to put his ass in stir
    We want to pin this triple murder on him
    He ain't no Gentleman Jim"
    Rubin could take a man out with just one punch
    But he never did like to talk about it all that much
    "It's my work" he'd say, "and I do it for pay
    And when it's over I'd just as soon go on my way"
    Up to some paradise
    Where the trout streams flow and the air is nice
    And ride a horse along a trail
    But then they took him to the jailhouse
    Where they try to turn a man into a mouse
    All of Rubin's cards were marked in advance
    The trial was a pig-circus, he never had a chance
    The judge made Rubin's witnesses drunkards from the slums
    To the white folks who watched, he was a revolutionary bum
    And for the black folks he was just a crazy nigger
    No one doubted that he pulled the trigger
    And though they could not produce the gun
    The D.A. said he was the one who did the deed
    And the all-white jury agreed
    Rubin Carter was falsely tried
    The crime was murder one, guess who testified?
    Bello and Bradley and they both baldly lied
    And the newspapers, they all went along for the ride
    How can the life of such a man
    Be in the palm of some fool's hand?
    To see him obviously framed
    Couldn't help but make me feel ashamed to live in a land
    Where justice is a game
    Now all the criminals in their coats and their ties
    Are free to drink martinis and watch the sun rise
    While Rubin sits like Buddha in a ten-foot cell
    An innocent man in a living hell
    Yes, that's the story of the Hurricane
    But it won't be over 'til they clear his name
    And give him back the time he's done
    Put in a prison cell, but one time he coulda been
    The champion of the world
  • crescent
    crescent Posts: 1,201
    Good shout, The Beautiful South. The term "genius" is bandied about too much, and mostly unjustifiably so. I think Paul Heaton qualifies. From The Housemartins to his solo/duet stuff (with JA), his material is just incredible.
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  • RichN95.
    RichN95. Posts: 27,147
    ^^^ Hurricane is Dylan's best song
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  • Beneath the old iron bridges, across the Victorian parks
    And all the frightened people running home before dark
    Past the Saturday morning cinema that lies crumbling to the ground
    And the piss stinking shopping centre in the new side of town
    I've come to smell the seasons change, & watch the city
    As the sun goes down again

    Here comes another winter, of long shadows and high hopes
    Here comes another winter, waiting for utopia
    Waiting for hell to freeze over

    This is the land, where nothing changes
    The land of red buses & blue blooded babies
    This is the place, where pensioners are raped
    And the hearts are being cut, from the welfare state
    Let the poor drink the milk, while the rich eat the honey
    Let the bums count their blessings, while they count their money

    So many people, can't express what's on their minds
    Nobody knows them and nobody ever will
    Until their backs are broken and their dreams are stolen
    And they can't get what they want, then they're gonna get angry!

    Well it ain't written in the papers, but its written on the walls
    The way this country is divided to fall
    So the cranes are moving on the skyline
    Trying to knock down... this town
    But the stains on the heartland, can never be removed
    From this country, that's sick, sad, and confused

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  • Mad_Malx
    Mad_Malx Posts: 5,001
    RichN95. said:

    ^^^ Hurricane is Dylan's best song

    I really don't like Dylan's singing, but recognise the poetry of his lyrics
  • webboo
    webboo Posts: 6,087
    In the days when I couldn’t stand Dylan I always thought the Hurricane was a work of art. These days I’ve mellowed and most music is fine apart from the these falsetto and unmanned male singers that seem to dominate modern music.
  • tailwindhome
    tailwindhome Posts: 18,923
    Freedom's just another word for
    Nothin' left to lose
    Nothin'ain't worth nothin'
    But it's free

    “New York has the haircuts, London has the trousers, but Belfast has the reason!
  • tailwindhome
    tailwindhome Posts: 18,923

    See, my old man's got a problem
    He live with the bottle, that's the way it is
    He says his body's too old for working
    His body's too young to look like his
    My mama went off and left him
    She wanted more from life than he could give
    I said somebody's got to take care of him
    So I quit school and that's what I did

    You got a fast car
    Is it fast enough so we can fly away?
    We gotta make a decision
    Leave tonight or live and die this way
    “New York has the haircuts, London has the trousers, but Belfast has the reason!
  • focuszing723
    focuszing723 Posts: 7,196


    See, my old man's got a problem
    He live with the bottle, that's the way it is
    He says his body's too old for working
    His body's too young to look like his
    My mama went off and left him
    She wanted more from life than he could give
    I said somebody's got to take care of him
    So I quit school and that's what I did

    You got a fast car
    Is it fast enough so we can fly away?
    We gotta make a decision
    Leave tonight or live and die this way

    Tracey Chapman, no Google cheating. Great vocalist.
  • focuszing723
    focuszing723 Posts: 7,196
    edited May 2023
    ...
  • photonic69
    photonic69 Posts: 2,415
    "...i'm doing time in a
    Maximum security twilight home.. ain't got no pets... all i gets the bone.."

    Becomes more and more true.


    Sometimes. Maybe. Possibly.

  • RichN95.
    RichN95. Posts: 27,147
    Mad_Malx said:

    RichN95. said:

    ^^^ Hurricane is Dylan's best song

    I really don't like Dylan's singing, but recognise the poetry of his lyrics

    I'm not a fan of the singing either. But Hendrix and other showed what a great songwriter he was. Also Rich Hall's Dylan song is hilarious.

    Other lyrics I love:

    "The Mississippi Delta was shining like a national guitar" (Paul Simon is Dylan's equal)

    "I'm as honest as the day is long, The longer the daylight, the less I do wrong"

    "You singers are spineless
    As you sing your senseless songs to the mindless
    Your general subject love is minimal
    It's sex for profit"
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  • tailwindhome
    tailwindhome Posts: 18,923
    edited August 2023
    The Fureys
    The Green Fields of France.

    A good an anti-war song as was ever written


    “New York has the haircuts, London has the trousers, but Belfast has the reason!
  • webboo
    webboo Posts: 6,087

    The Fureys
    The Green Fields of France.

    A good an anti-war song as was ever written


    The Men they couldn’t hang do a great version of it.
  • rick_chasey
    rick_chasey Posts: 72,517
    Slightly different tone, but I spend too much of my life listening to disney songs and this is easily the best lyrics.

    Context for those who don't know frozen, Olaf is the light relief comedy character. He's a snowman who has fallen in love with the idea of summer, having never experienced warm weather.....

    Really? I'm guessing you don't have much experience with heat
    Nope, but sometimes, I like to close my eyes
    And imagine what it'd be like when summer does come, huh

    Bees'll buzz, kids'll blow dandelion fuzz
    And I'll be doing whatever snow does in summer

    A drink in my hand, my snow up against the burning sand
    Probably getting gorgeously tanned in summer

    I'll finally see a summer breeze blow away a winter storm
    And find out what happens to solid water when it gets warm

    And I can't wait to see what my buddies all think of me
    Just imagine how much cooler I'll be in summer

    The hot and the cold are both so intense
    Put 'em together, it just makes sense

    Winter's a good time to stay in and cuddle
    But put me in summer and I'll be a happy... snowman (Best line in it...!!)


    When life gets rough, I like to hold on to my dream
    Of relaxing in the summer sun, just lettin' off steam


    Oh, the sky will be blue, and you guys'll be there too
    When I finally do what frozen things do in summer
  • pblakeney
    pblakeney Posts: 25,706
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXgQ3TJJZVQ

    [Verse 1]
    You are the melting men
    You are your situation
    There is no time to breathe
    And yet one single breath
    Leads to an insatiable desire
    Of suicide in sex

    [Pre-Chorus]
    So many blazing orchids burning in your throat
    Making you choke, making you sigh, sigh in tiny deaths

    [Chorus]
    So melt!
    My lover, melt!
    She said melt!
    My lover, melt!

    [Verse 2]
    You are the melting men
    And as you melt
    You are beheaded
    Handcuffed in lace and blood and sperm

    [Pre-Chorus]
    Swimming in poison gasping in the fragrance
    Sweat carves a screenplay of discipline and devotion

    [Chorus]
    So melt!
    My lover, melt!
    She said melt!
    My lover, melt!

    [Verse 3]
    Can you see?
    See into the back of a long, black car
    Pulling away from the funeral of flowers
    With my hand between your legs
    Melting

    [Chorus]
    She said melt!
    My lover, melt!
    She said melt!
    My lover, melt!
    So Melt!
    My lover, melt!
    She said melt!
    My lover, melt!
    The above may be fact, or fiction, I may be serious, I may be jesting.
    I am not sure. You have no chance.
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  • Pross
    Pross Posts: 40,435

    Slightly different tone, but I spend too much of my life listening to disney songs and this is easily the best lyrics.

    Context for those who don't know frozen, Olaf is the light relief comedy character. He's a snowman who has fallen in love with the idea of summer, having never experienced warm weather.....

    Really? I'm guessing you don't have much experience with heat
    Nope, but sometimes, I like to close my eyes
    And imagine what it'd be like when summer does come, huh

    Bees'll buzz, kids'll blow dandelion fuzz
    And I'll be doing whatever snow does in summer

    A drink in my hand, my snow up against the burning sand
    Probably getting gorgeously tanned in summer

    I'll finally see a summer breeze blow away a winter storm
    And find out what happens to solid water when it gets warm

    And I can't wait to see what my buddies all think of me
    Just imagine how much cooler I'll be in summer

    The hot and the cold are both so intense
    Put 'em together, it just makes sense

    Winter's a good time to stay in and cuddle
    But put me in summer and I'll be a happy... snowman (Best line in it...!!)


    When life gets rough, I like to hold on to my dream
    Of relaxing in the summer sun, just lettin' off steam


    Oh, the sky will be blue, and you guys'll be there too
    When I finally do what frozen things do in summer

    My daughter would approve, she turned up at choir last night in a full Anna costume having been out working at kids parties all afternoon much to the amusement of the other choir members



    (from a previous party - the weather wasn't quite that bad here at the weekend!)
  • rick_chasey
    rick_chasey Posts: 72,517
    Must be a big money spinner, I've been to about 3 children's birthday parties with frozen princess entertainers!