Dave Crossland

playlondon town

from The Set That Wasn't

wake up in the morning can't remember where i am
ain't no coffee in the kitchen only tea and bread and jam
oak and brass and leather bitter ale and cider
gentle woman lying next to me but I cannot see inside her

walking around in a london town
half of my life running underground
and the rain keeps pouring down
to fill this empty cup of fortune

nelson's on his pillar commanding all he sees
double-decker carousel and tawdry pigeon fleets
lovers by the iron gates taxis spin their wheels
black and crippled burned up hands begging for a meal

walking around in a london town
half of my life running underground
and the rain keeps pouring down
to fill this empty cup of fortune

and the punker on the corner is listening to the woman feeding pigeons and recalling the good old days
when everything was cheaper and the milk it came delivered and the people all believed in more civil ways
how her father fought the kaiser and how hitler took her brother as he fought up in the skies over germany
and the zeppelins and the bombers and the darkness filled with thunder how they fought and they prayed for their children's peace

walking around in a london town
half of my life running underground
and the rain keeps pouring down
to fill this empty cup this empty

walking around in a london town
half of my life running underground
and the rain keeps pouring down
to fill this empty cup of fortune

2008 dave crossland