Friday, 19 February 2010

Dirty Water

Watching Jay-Z and Alicia Keys perform the great ‘Empire State of Mind’ at the Brits made me wonder why there are no good, modern songs about London. Ok, "London’s Calling" by the Clash but the fact that London is drowning and Joe Strummer lives by the river is hardly inspirational.

Ian Dury got close as did Dr Feelgood but they are more Essex than London (Billericay & Canvey Island). My own favourite is Dirty Water by The Inmates, which is a cover of the Standells song about Boston so doesn’t really qualify

I'm gonna tell you a story
I'm gonna tell you about my town
I'm gonna tell you a story
And, it's all about my town

Yeah, down by the river
Down by the banks of the river Thames
That's where you'll find me
Along with lovers, fuggers, and thieves
Well I love that dirty water

Oh, London, you're my home
Because I love that dirty water
Oh, oh, London, you're my home
Well, I love that dirty water,

Did you know...............It takes 61 seconds to open Tower Bridge, which opens approximatly 1,000 times a year

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1 comment:

  1. Good songs about London? Well I can think of two
    London Town by Light of the World
    Great Soul tune best played on a hot summer evening in London, it maybe for this reason that it hasn’t been heard since the late 80’s
    And Waterloo Sunset by The Kinks