Some songs make for the very saddest of short stories.

Mrs. Brown wakes up every morning
She takes the milk from her doorstep
Puts on a pair of faded carpet slippers
And walks a painful mile to the launderette

Her husband Jack is slowly dying
Asbestos poisoning had riddled his insides
He got his pension six years early
When they took away his job they took away his pride

Mrs. Wilson sets her clock for seven
To see the children off to school
She can’t afford to give them breakfast
Well not as a rule

Her husband Jack has run away
Gone with the barmaid from the Roses and Crown
Picks up her prescription every Friday
She’s heading for her second nervous breakdown

Jennifer Lee is only seventeen
She had a baby when she was still at school
Her parents have disowned her
And the social service barely calls

The father was a boy she met at a party
Her sister Debbie’s twenty-first
She can’t remember his face or his name very well
Anyway he probably doesn’t remember her

And every day’s the same
On paradise estate
Because paradise came one day too late

We all live in little boxes
Boxes made of bricks
Boxes for unmarried mothers
Elderly and sick
Graffiti on the walls
Tells it all
“Gary loves Julie”
National Front slogans
“Jesus is coming”
“Kilroy was here”

But paradise came one day too late
On paradise estate

It was the very melancholy b-side to A Sense of Belonging, an excellent single released on Rough Trade back in 1983

mp3 : The Television Personalities – Paradise Estate


3 thoughts on “SOME SONGS ARE GREAT SHORT STORIES (Chapter 29)

  1. Sobering. A song I’m happy to be newly acquainted with. A remarkable lyric set against cacophonous sounds – perfect.

  2. What a great track, loved being reminded of it, it also appears on the album ‘painted word’ and is sandwiched between ‘The girl who had everything’ and ‘back to vietnam’ which make a sobering end to the album.
    I guess because they have similar topics/concerns but I always pair this with ‘This is how it feels’ by the Inspiral Carpets.

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