Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Are you a smalltown boy?

Ever listen to a song often and suddenly listen to the lyrics and realise what it is about?

The Bronski Beat was a bit of a one-hit-wonder with "Smalltown Boy." It was more famous for Jimmy Somerville who sang in a range including a distinctive falsetto and went on to the Communards.

Smalltown Boy is one of my favorite eighties songs. It strikes me that the lyrics talk to some of my past and perhaps many bloggers out there.

You leave in the morning
With everything you own
In a little black case
Alone on a platform
The wind and the rain
On a sad and lonely face

Mother will never understand
Why you had to leave
But the answers you seek
Will never be found at home
The love that you need
Will never be found at home

Run away, turn away, run away, turn away, run away.
Run away, turn away, run away, turn away, run away.

Pushed around and kicked around
Always a lonely boy
You were the one
That they’d talk about around town
As they put you down

And as hard as they would try
They’d hurt to make you cry
But you never cried to them
Just to your soul
No you never cried to them
Just to your soul

Run away, turn away, run away, turn away, run away.
Run away, turn away, run away, turn away, run away.

Cry , boy, cry...

You leave in the morning
With everything you own
In a little black case
Alone on a platform
The wind and the rain
On a sad and lonely face

Run away, turn away, run away, turn away, run away.
Run away, turn away, run away, turn away, run away.

4 comments:

kyknoord said...

That's the thing about music - it reaches into the dark recesses and gives your soul a shake.

tripeak said...

I know it might not be “age appropriate” but you should get Lee Ryan… I’ve recently added it to my CD collection, and although at first glance looking at the song titles I initially thought "WTF!"... it’s turned out to be a light in the dark.

It is the question said...

KN: For a long time I tried to find myself in music - especially Pink Floyd's "The Wall." It's nicer when music finds you.

Tripeak: Rings a bell - will hve to research.

ChittyChittyBangBang! said...

I am not a smalltown boy, but I grew up with smalltown values.
Which was ironic seeing as we lived in the city suburbs. I guess that accounts for my somewhat "split" personality and crazy ways. One person at home and another outside of it.
Like your taste in music too.