the song
title : This town
written by : Neill MacColl, Calum MacColl, Leroy Lendor and Robert Bond III (that is, the Liberty Horses)
song copyright : © 1992 copyright control

the performance
musicians
Neill MacColl guitars, keyboards, harmonica
Calum MacColl guitars, dulcimer
Leroy Lendor bass
Robert Bond III drums, percussion
with :
Eddi Reader lead vocal
music
key : D major
time-signature : 2/4
tempo : MM 88
form : V V C V C′ M B v V′X CX″>
lyrics

provided for research and private study only (see above for copyright details):

This town

in this town you can park and ride
you can come and go and leave your heart outside
in this town there is […] and skin
there’s a house of love but there’s no one in

when you were down you tried to kiss and tell
I saw you down at the wishing well
I saw you walking the golden mile
an april fool with a second-hand smile

you wear your face like a hand-me-down
too much living and not enough life
in this town
in this town

well, in this town you can turn your back
you can paint it green but it still turns black
but in this town there’s no money to spend
there’s a crooked cross and there’s a bitter end

money talks, money shouts you down
oh, no one tells the truth these days
in this town

you used to say that you will change the world
ah, spread your arms out wide
shake your head and the sparks would fly
what happened to your heart
are you waiting for the world today?

you wouldn’t go to work today, yeah

in this town there is you and me
and we are strangers still in our own country
and I have you and you have me
we are strangers still in our own country
we are strangers still in our own country
we are strangers still in our own country
we are strangers still in our own country
we are strangers – in our – own country

lord, I feel I’m being ground down
and I wish I’d never, no
I wish I’d never come here, ah no
lord, I feel I’m being ground down
I wish I’d never
wish I’d never come to this to-ah-ee-ah-ee-ah-ee-ah-wn
lord, I wish I’d never come, no-no-ne-no
I wish I’d never come
wish I’d never come
wish I’d never come
wish I’d never come
hee-ah-ee-ah-ee-ah-ee-ah [= here, here, here, here?]
this town, this town
this town, this town
oh-ee-oh-ee-oh-ah
oh-ee-oh-ee-oh-ah


the recording
personnel
produced by : Liberty Horses
recorded by : Terry Medhurst at Loco, Joe’s Garage and/or The Stone Room
mixed by : Terry Medhurst at Joe’s Garage or Roundhouse
mastered by : ? at ?
technical
track and song timing : 4:34
released on
single : This town side A

commentary
A biting piece of guitar pop; well worth tracking down if you can spare the time and money – and can still play 45 r.p.m. discs! The phrase “you wear your face like a hand-me-down” and some others in this song put me in mind of (here he goes again) Debbie Cassell’s lyrics, written at about the same time. Perhaps it was the John Major effect in London? Notice too the particularly effective use of variation of words in the chorus.

Is ‘this town’ London or is it society in general?