SOME SONGS ARE GREAT SHORT STORIES (Chapter Eleven)

A GUEST POSTING by JULIAN BADENOCH

Hi Jim Something to annoy your readers and bait the DMCA guys.

Billy Bragg’s only No. 1 single was on a double a side with Wet Wet Wet in 1988.
from a NME charity album for Childline “Sergeant Pepper Knew My Father”

Of course the original is best.

Jules

Wednesday morning at five o’clock
As the day begins
Silently closing her bedroom door
Leaving the note that she hoped would say more

She goes downstairs to the kitchen
Clutching her handkerchief
Quietly turning the backdoor key
Stepping outside, she is free

She(we gave her most of our lives)
Is leaving (sacrificed most of our lives)
Home (we gave her everything money could buy)
She’s leaving home, after living alone, for so many years (bye bye)

Father snores as his wife gets into her dressing gown
Picks up the letter that’s lying there
Standing alone at the top of the stairs
She breaks down and cries to her husband
“Daddy, our baby’s gone.
“Why would she treat us so thoughtlessly?
How could she do this to me?”

( note from Jules, this verse brilliantly sums up the lower middle class mores of the time, the use of daddy for husband and baby for grown up daughter is spot on )

She (we never thought of ourselves)
Is leaving (never a thought for ourselves)
Home (we struggled hard all our lives to get by)
She’s leaving home, after living alone, for so many years

Friday morning, at nine o’clock
She is far away
Waiting to keep the appointment she made
Meeting a man from the Motortrade

She (what did we do that was wrong)
Is Having (we didn’t know it was wrong)
Fun (fun is the one thing that money can’t buy)

Something inside, that was always denied, for so many years
She’s leaving home, bye, bye

mp3 : The Beatles – She’s Leaving Home
mp3 : Billy Bragg – She’s Leaving Home

JULES

8 thoughts on “SOME SONGS ARE GREAT SHORT STORIES (Chapter Eleven)

  1. Great song, great story, great cover version. The Sgt. Pepper Knew My Father LP had some excellent tracks by the likes of The Wedding Present, Sonic Youth and The Fall. Haven’t heard it in years…

  2. I had the album once upon a time. As Johnny says, it had some really good stuff on it. I never quite got over it including Wet Wet Wet though…

  3. I have only ever heard the Bryan Ferry cover version of this track on the “All This And World War Too” OST. I liked Ferry’s cover well enough, but it’s not “The In-Crowd.” I’ve never heard any other version.

  4. It was good of you to highlight Billy Bragg’s cover, The Fall are on the ‘Father’ album too, and a great take.

  5. This is a difficult song to listen to if you have a daughter as you dread the day it might all come to pass. Ironically, because of “the times” (ridiculous housing policies), young people are staying at home long after their sell-by date so come the day, you are more likely to jump with joy when they eventually leave! Being flippant here of course but thanks for sharing this lovely song – Emotional stuff indeed.

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