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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

21st November 1969TICKET
Free Trade Hall – rs129
21st November 1972TICKET
Hardrock Concert Theatre – redmist
21st November 1977FLYER
Buzzcocks, The Drones – FranDaman
21st November 1980FLYER
Tractor, Tony Crabtree / Rochdale College Hall – Alastair
21st November 1980PHOTOGRAPH
The Cocktail Party / The Millstone – Abigail
21st November 1981PRESS ARTICLE
Swamp Children – shivadescending
21st November 1981TICKET
Varicose Veins / Manchester University – shadow
21st November 1981TICKET
Manchester University – woodsman
21st November 1981TICKET
Manchester University – dubwise-er
21st November 1984FLYER
Inca Babies / The Hacienda – dubwise-er
21st November 1989ADVERT
Band On The Wall – dubwise-er
21st November 1996TICKET
MEN Arena – rs129
21st November 1996TICKET
Rob Fletcher / The New Ardri – Rob Fletcher
21st November 1996FLYER
Rob Fletcher / The New Ardri – Rob Fletcher
21st November 2003PHOTOGRAPH
Crestfallen / The Roadhouse – transmission
21st November 2003PHOTOGRAPH
Crestfallen / The Roadhouse – transmission
21st November 2006TICKET
Starless & Bible Black / Klondyke Bowls Club – mat


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