Lyric Sheets: Cool Britannia
Next year, the British Tourist Authority will publish The Rock and Pop Map of Great Britain. The map will contain thousands of entries and is part of a strategy to attract young visitors.
Friday 07 November 1997
Which shows the place
Where Lennon got into a fight?
Or formed a band
Which took the world
Now where was that?
Is this the site?
The art school
And the damp cafe
The map should feature that
The chip bag strewn rehearsal room
The sleeping bag clogged flat
The ballroom turned to Bingo Hall
The long-demolished bar
Where Townshend trashed a ceiling
Or Jonesy mauled guitar
In Nottingham or Birmingham
In Manchester or Leeds
Where sounds sprang up
From grimy streets
Perennial as the weeds
From pallid post-war pop kids
With trannies glued to ears
Who drove dads to distraction
And drove their mums to tears
Stroll on then foreign pilgrim
To Euston where the train
Disgorges northern hopefuls
Into the London rain
And wonder how a nation
Of clumsy awkward sods
Emerging from those cellars
Can turn themselves to gods
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