Song lyrics about Brixton/Lambeth

Discussion in 'Brixton' started by editor, Feb 12, 2009.

  1. electrogirl

    electrogirl dignity is overrated

    FUCKERY! by Amy Winehouse

    fuckery :cool:
     
  2. lunatrick

    lunatrick space travel in my blood

    that tune is so evocative..stone cold classic.:cool: bit depressing also I presume about the riots?
     
  3. Paulie Tandoori

    Paulie Tandoori shut it you egg!

    tune :cool:
     
  4. RaverDrew

    RaverDrew self-banned for a bit R.I.P.

    The megaphone guy from the fascist rally in the background of Pink Floyd's "Waiting for the Worms" mentions Brixton...

     
  5. hipipol

    hipipol Peckham Wry

    Tipper Ranking

    Stepping on a 2b Bus

    Solomom - where he talks about...

    "let me tell ya bout them girl name Jane
    She live a Brixton, Water Lane
    She go ta Babylon, run a complain,
    She tell them address, tell them me name,
    She say I man samfie her gold chain"

    Forgotten Brixton hero on the mic that boy
     
  6. Andy the Don

    Andy the Don Wise men say only fools..

    Sonny's Lettah(sic) - Linton Kwesi Johnson
    Ok it's a poem really but is has been put to music.
     
  7. chintz

    chintz cider driven madness

    Trustafarian - Junior Blanks mentions Brixton, can't remember the exact line but is something like "your Millionaire Daddy in a Essex mansion, you try so hard to be from Brixton"

    ( you can download the album free and legally from http://www.knuckleheads.co.uk/blanks/)
     
  8. twistedAM

    twistedAM Left Of The Dial

    Chip Taylor/Jon Langford - Brixton
    Duke Special - Brixton Leaves
    Red House Painters - Brockwell Park
     
  9. RaverDrew

    RaverDrew self-banned for a bit R.I.P.

    (AKA Porkpie from Desmond's) :D
     
  10. rollinder

    rollinder Dont walk away in silence

    Mpho's Box and Locks (that song that samples Echo Beach) mentions 'a Friday night in Brixton...'
     
  11. pickefoo

    pickefoo New Member

    The Shortcuts - The Bombs of Brixton
    (myspace.com/theshortcutsrock)
     
  12. Meerkat

    Meerkat Well-Known Member

    Basement Jaxx:
    "I Live in Camberwell" ("she lives in Brixton...")
    "Where's Your Head At" ("All Brixton Crew...")
     
  13. Meerkat

    Meerkat Well-Known Member

    I wouldn't be at all surpised if La Roux's album namechecks Brixton somewhere. There is an image of Atlantic Road in the CD booklet.
     
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  14. Mrs Magpie

    Mrs Magpie On a bit of break...

    Well, it's not a song, but Marilyn Monroe mentions Brixton to Laurence Olivier as being where she lives in "The Prince and the Showgirl".
     
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  15. Totoro303

    Totoro303 Well-Known Member

    The Clash - The Guns of Brixton from 'London Calling'.
     
  16. reubeness

    reubeness Well-Known Member

    B.R.I.X.T.O.N
    Mr Man and the Illersapiens, played a set at Brixton Splash this year, local band, play in Cold Coast (old Z bar) on Thursday this week).
     
  17. dodgepot

    dodgepot New Member

    yeah - you see a brixton water lane street sign
     
  18. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox

    In a dreary Brixton prison
    Where an Irish rebel lay
    By his side a priest was kneeling
    'Ere his soul should pass away
    Then he faintly murmered "Father"
    As he clasped him by the hand
    "Tell me this before I die
    Shall my soul pass through Ireland?

    Shall my soul pass through old Ireland
    Pass through Cork City grand
    Shall I see the old cathedral
    Where St. Patrick took his stand
    Shall I see that little chapel
    Where I pledged my heart and hand
    Then Father tell me truly
    Shall my soul pass through Ireland?

    'Twas for loving dear old Ireland
    In this prison cell I lie
    'Twas for loving dear old Ireland
    In this foreign land I'll die
    Will you meet my little daughter
    Will you make her understand
    Then Father tell me truly
    Shall my soul pass through Ireland?"

    With his heart pure as a lily
    And his body sanctified
    In that dreary British prison
    That brave Irish rebel died
    Prayed the priest that wish be granted
    As in blessing raised his hand
    "Father grant this brave man's prayer
    May his soul pass through Ireland"
     
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  19. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox

    Brixton Busters

    Listen, listen, listen, here’s a song for Pearse and Nessan
    Known as the Brixton Busters far and wide
    Like a bolt right out of heaven they escaped from Brixton prison
    The Provos they could not keep inside

    It happened on a Sunday, it became an "on-the-run day"
    Both lads had been praying on their knees
    Sure the warders thought it shocking when the gun came from the stocking
    And the lads said, "Hand over the keys"

    Now they’re moving, movin, movin, get those police dogs moving
    Get those doggies searching far and wide
    It wasn’t semtex putty but a pistol in the gutty
    That let the lads go out for the ride

    Every Branch man in the nation went crazy with frustration
    They were ordered to quickly find the trail
    When they lost them at the station it cured their constipation
    No wonder they are still looking pale

    Movin’, movin’, movin’, get those police dogs moving
    Get those doggies searching far and wide
    It wasn’t semtex putty but a pistol in the gutty
    That let the lads go out for the ride

    Now England learn your lesson from lads like Pearse and Nessan
    And the Volunteers you hold in cells today
    Though you beat them and mistreat them you never will defeat them
    They’ll be back again to fight another day

    Now they’re moving, movin, movin, get those police dogs moving
    Get those doggies searching far and wide
    Now the ‘guvnor’s calculating the pension that is waiting
    He can’t get those lads back inside

    Shut the gate, shut the door! Don’t let out anymore!
    Make sure there’s nowhere to hide!
    Searching high and low! Where the hell did they go?
    Provos- they could not keep inside

    Shut the gate, shut the door! Don’t let out anymore!
    Make sure there’s nowhere to hide!
    Searching high and low! Where the hell did they go?
    The Provos, they could not keep inside

    Movin’, movin’, movin’…
    Movin’, movin’, movin’…
    Movin’, movin’, movin’…
    The Provos they could not keep inside
    Movin’, movin’, movin’…
    The Provos they could not keep inside
    Movin’, movin’, movin’…
    The Provos they could not keep inside
    Movin’, movin’, movin’…
     
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  20. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox

    Who needs lobotomy when we've got the ITV?
    Who needs ECT when there's good old BBC?
    Switch on the set, light up the screen,
    Fantasise and dream about what you might have been,
    Who needs controlling when they've got the cathode ray?
    They've got your fucking soul, now they'll fuse your brains away.
    Mindless fucking morons sit before the set,
    Being fed the mindless rubbish they deserve to get.
    Can't switch off big brother, they've lost all will to act,
    Lost in drab confusion, was it fiction, was it fact?
    Another plastic bullet stuns another Irish child,
    But no-one's really bothered, no, the telly keeps them mild.
    They've lost all sense of feeling to the every hungry glow,
    Drained of any substance by the vicious telly blow.
    No longer know what's real or ain't, slowly going blind,
    They stare into the goggle box while the world goes by, behind.
    The Angels are on T.V. tonight, grey puke fucking shit.
    The army occupy Ireland, but the boot will never fit.
    Was it Coronation Street? Or was it Londonderry?
    Oh it doesn't fucking matter, Paul Daniels'll keep us merry.
    Yes, I've heard of Bobby Sands, wasn't it Emmerdale Farm?
    Yes, that's right, he was kicked by a cow, I hope it didn't do him no harm.
    And wasn't the Holocaust terrible, good thing it wasn't for real.
    Of course I've heard of H-Block, it's the baccy with man appeal.
    Deeper and deeper and deeper, layer upon layer.
    Illusion, confusion, is there anyone left who can care?
    Yes, the Abbey National cares for you. Nat West, and Securicor.
    Well brings out the Branston bren-guns let's spice it up some more.
    The Sweeney are cruising Brixton, created another Belfast.
    And J.R.'s advising Thatcher on lighting, make up and cast.
    A thousand camera lenses point at the people's pain,
    As millions of mindless morons watch the action replay again, the action replay again.
    Softly, softly, into your life, you're held in it's brilliant glow.
    Softly, softly, feeding itself on the you you'll never know.
    You're life's reduced to nothing, but an empty media game.
    Big Brother ain't watching you mate, you're fucking watching him.

    Crass Nineteen Eighty Bore lyrics
     
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  21. Kameron

    Kameron Kamoceratops

    I fucking love that tune.

    Missing from this list and from the editors list:
    • Brixton Cat first released by Dice the Boss in 1969 apparently although I didn't know that I've got a cover by Skaville (a couple of ex-Bad Manners boys)
    • Pink Floyd's Waiting for the Worms which I assumed post dated the Brixton riots but since it was released in 1979 it turns out to have been prescient.
    • Journey to the Centre of Brixton by R.O.C. who played an Offline once though I don't remember them playing that song, it is not them at their best in any case.
    • Sister Rosetta by the Alabama 3 is another of their songs that mentions Brixton although it is in a talkie at the front.
    • Quixotes of moons fights the Wind-mill of Brixton by Project 5am is probably the longest track title including the word Brixton although I didn't know that, it popped up in last.fm when I was searching for the lyrics to Brixton Cat.

    And yes I do have a play list of songs about Brixton because I am a sad geek, I've added a couple from the editors page but The Illersapiens suck.
     
  22. Psychonaut

    Psychonaut Well-Known Member

    canibus - buckingham palace
     
  23. isvicthere?

    isvicthere? a.k.a. floppybollocks

    In an episode of "Sex and the City" Miranda won't come out coz she's watching a drama on BBC America in which a posh flower shop owner from (I think) Kensington is having an affair with a black guy from Brixton.
     
  24. isvicthere?

    isvicthere? a.k.a. floppybollocks

    Also...

    "Brixton, Bronx ou Baixada" a Portuguese-language tune from Brazilian group O Rappa.
     
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  25. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat hmm

    (at the risk of annoying the board police by bumping the thread, but only recently got the record) -

    Tighten Up, Vol. 88, Big Audio Dynamite

    A windmill stands in the city of spades
    The Effra River flows under Granville Arcade
    Old dogs in cold harbour have fond memories
    Remember the days, this was Viking country
    Natives blacks and werewolves, yeah, we got it all
    Every kind of exotic fruit on the market stall

    Those drums keep on pounding​
    Since they moved in down the street​
    Cold wet surroundings​
    The cops don't like the beat​

    Cost of bread is rising, the area's run down
    They painted up the brickwork, they painted up the town
    While my brother dug the ramjam, I got flea-pit matinees
    And we'd catch the number 2, go up West for the day
    Tighten Up, volume 2, sound system bon marché
    Riots on Jebb Avenue, down Marcus Garvey Way

    A windmill stands in the city of spades
    The Effra River flows under Granville Arcade
    There's Christmas lights on Railton Road, it looks like Oxford Street
    If Santa's got electric goods, he'd better have receipts
    I got no airs and graces, always been this way
    After all I come from Brixton what else can I say

     
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  26. Sirena

    Sirena Don't monkey with the buzzsaw

    'Santa Isn't Coming Down To Brixton Town' by Jackie Robinson of the Pioneers as a solo release.
     
  27. Moronik

    Moronik roughly humanoid

  28. 89 Til Infinity

    89 Til Infinity Apparently a "Well-Known Member"

    Southside Connection

     
  29. ringo

    ringo Macaroni cheese controller

    Lots of ska/reggae not mentioned yet. These are just those with Brixton in the title, plent more mentioned in songs and DJ cuts:

    Brixton, Lewisham - Tony Washington 1963
    Brixton Cat, Big And Fat - Dice The Boss 1969
    Scandal In Brixton Market - Laurel Aitken & Girlie 1970
    Love Bug (Brixton Hop) - Derrick Morgan 1970
    Brixton Reggae Festival - Setters 1970
    Brixton Serenade - Lloyd Daley The Matador 1971
    Brixton Hall - Dennis Alcapone 1975
    Brixton Market - Lord Happiness 1976
    Brixton Incident - Raymond Napthali & Roy Rankin 1981
    Brixton Skank - Trinity 1981
     
  30. Favelado

    Favelado Half to the Tower, please.



    Brixton mentioned within 20 seconds of the start. SW9 gets namechecked too. The video is clearly sarf, probably Brixton (maybe from the overland, maybe from the top of some flats?), but I'm not sure.
     
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