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Manchester's most treasured lyric revealed

Shelagh Delaney PHOTO: Getty Images

To coincide with our panel discussion on song lyricism at the Louder Than Words Festival last weekend we ran a survey inviting users of MDMArchive to nominate their favourite couplet from a Manchester song. Thanks to all those who voted. 

The line mentioned most in the survey was from 'Reel Around The Fountain' by The Smiths:

"I dreamt about you last night / and I fell out of bed twice"

Those in the know, however, will be quick to point out that Morrissey lifted that line verbatim from Shelagh Delaney's play 'A Taste of Honey'. 

We also asked our users to tell us what the daftest Manchester song lyric of all time was. There were some great suggestions, but the line that came up most was:

"What a life it would be / if you could come to mine for tea / I'll pick you up at half past three / we'll have lasagne"

(N. Thomas Gallagher) 


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ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

28th November 1973TICKET
Free Trade Hall – rs129
28th November 1976FLYER
Slaughter and the Dogs / The Electric Circus – OT
28th November 1976PHOTOGRAPH
Buzzcocks / The Electric Circus – FranDaman
28th November 1976PHOTOGRAPH
Buzzcocks / The Electric Circus – FranDaman
28th November 1976PHOTOGRAPH
Buzzcocks / The Electric Circus – FranDaman
28th November 1984FLYER
The Hacienda – dubwise-er
28th November 1985FLYER
Adam And Eve's – dubwise-er
28th November 1985FLYER
The Hacienda – dubwise-er
28th November 1985TICKET
Adam And Eve's – MaltyG
28th November 1985TICKET
Adam And Eve's – MaltyG
28th November 1987POSTER
Laughing Gravy / Brookfield Hotel – djspiderman
28th November 1989FLYER
Kiss AMC, Ruthless Rap Assassins / Green Room – dubwise-er
28th November 1989TICKET
Mick Hucknall / The Ritz – ursamyn0r
28th November 1992PRESS ARTICLE
The Charlatans – Dale Jowett
28th November 1995TICKET
The Stone Roses – Sean
28th November 2003TICKET
Academy 1 – Dale Jowett
28th November 2007PHOTOGRAPH
The Durutti Column – Natalie Curtis
28th November 2009FLYER
Woody (Fat City), Sisters Of Transistors / The Deaf Institute – graham
28th November 2013PHOTOGRAPH
The Lottery Winners / BBC (MediaCityUK) – Missus_IP
28th November 2013PHOTOGRAPH
The Rainband / BBC (MediaCityUK) – Missus_IP


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