Thursday, December 2, 2010

Odes To The Escape From Rural Boredom: The Lambrettas "London Calling"

Some American singer from Trailerpark, Middle America once sang "I grew up in a small town" and he sounded proud about it.  I too grew up in a small town and unlike him couldn't wait to get the hell out, like Liz in "Billy Liar" I was always escaping and kept coming back, for a time anyway.  This morning into my mind popped this number from my youth by The Lambrettas titled "London Calling", I doubt it was released before The Clash number of the same time period and it was pretty cheeky of them to release a track of the same name if this was in fact the case.

Anyway for anyone who lived in a small, rural town like I did, this one's for you:

The Lambrettas-"London Calling" (Bird)

Small town, small minded
Live well within your means
But don't cross forbidden barriers
Stay cosy in your "Green Belt" dreams
Beware cos in amongst you
Modern thinkers strain to break the ties
Ignore them - How can the see clearly with such youthful eyes?


London calling - London calling
On a wavelength of its own
This is London calling
Into the twilight zone
London calling - London calling
Across the hinterlands
This is London calling
Try a taste of city life young man


Controlled - Contented
You're theirs to call their own
The prospects looming large
Must go there - Can't be shown
A generations's young and hungry minds
Are drawn together in one place
Arriving eager from the stations
And the motorways


London calling - London calling
On a wavelength of its own
This is London calling
Into the twilight zone
London calling - London calling
Across the hinterlands
This is London calling
Try a taste of city life young man


London calling - London calling
On a wavelength of its own
This is London calling
Into the twilight zone
London calling - London calling
Across the hinterlands
This is London calling
Try a taste of city life young man






Jez Bird R.I.P.

1 comment:

Philly said...

The Lambrettas "London Calling" was written and recorded well before The Clash released their track - sadly it was released before the Lambo's track, forever damning the track to "they copied the Clash" obscurity.
Hope this helps,
Philly