Helen McCookerybook's 2019 album GREEN

Saturday night with the London Set by Helen McCookerybook

in Poetry


Saturday night with the London Set

The times have aged but you haven’t yet;

Let your hair down, climb aboard

and join us for the ride.

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Every street, every city light,

Carries the blood through your veins tonight;

Every black box holds a band

The spotlit faces and the clapping hands,

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So come on out with the London Set

Remember the things that you wanna forget

Fill up your glass, light a cigarette

And set the night on fire.

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Got a thousand contacts on your mobile phone;

They’ll steal you heart and stuff it, and brand it as their own.

Major setbacks, minor keys,

a lifetime in a day.

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Your smile is false but your teeth are not;

At least, that’s what you tell me, but you lie a lot.

Every black heart holds a star,

A streetlight not a soul,

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So come on out with the London Set

Remember the things that you wanna forget

Fill up your glass, light a cigarette

And set the night on fire.

.

Saturday night with the London Set

the times have changed but you haven’t yet.

The gaps appear within the crowd:

You look the other way.

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One of these days it’ll come to an end,

The constant parties and the fickle friends.

Alone in a bedsit with the cat,

Your mind’s as frail as a party hat,

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But come on out with the London Set

Remember the things that you wanna forget

Fill up your glass, light a cigarette

And set the night on fire.

.

Come on out with the London Set

Remember the things that you wanna forget

Fill up your glass, light a cigarette

And set the night on fire.

.

Born and raised in Northumberland, Helen McCookerybook was bass player/singer with Brighton indie band The Chefs and guitarist/singer with Helen and the Horns in the 1980s; both were favourites of BBC Radio 1’s John Peel. After a break to raise a family, she returned to the stage as a solo artist with a new set of songs, and since then has toured the UK regularly, releasing four solo albums.

Music: https://helenmccookerybook.bandcamp.com/album/the-sea