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RandomKoolzip Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 12:08 AM
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A Town Called Malice
Posted for anyone feeling depressed right now:



"Better stop dreaming of the quiet life -
cos it's the one we'll never know
And quit running for that runaway bus -
cos those rosey days are few
And - stop apologising for the things you've never done,
Cos time is short and life is cruel -
but it's up to us to change
This town called malice.


Rows and rows of disused milk floats
stand dying in the dairy yard
And a hundred lonely housewives clutch empty milk
bottles to their hearts
Hanging out their old love letters on the line to dry
It's enough to make you stop believing when tears come
fast and furious
In a town called malice.

Struggle after struggle - year after year
The atmosphere's a fine blend of ice -
I'm almost stone cold dead
In a town called malice.

A whole street's belief in Sunday's roast beef
gets dashed against the Co-op
To either cut down on beer or the kids new gear
It's a big decision in a town called malice.

The ghost of a steam train - echoes down my track
It's at the moment bound for nowhere -
just going round and round
Playground kids and creaking swings -
lost laughter in the breeze
I could go on for hours and I probably will -
but I'd sooner put some joy back
In this town called malice.
"

-The Jam, 1982
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Paul Hood Donating Member (717 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 12:35 AM
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1. I have an E.P. with this song on it.
I never did know what a milk float was though. As I recall I quite liked "Liza Radley".
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RandomKoolzip Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:13 AM
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2. The Jam are one of my favorite bands....
Paul Weller's a hero of mine. Great lyricist, singer, bandleader, writer....If it weren't for his extreme Britishness, he'd be a legend in America instead of a cult figure.

Everything by the Jam invites and rewards further investigation/listening.
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