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Louder Than Words - the best and worst of Manchester lyricism

On Sunday 16th November, as part of this year's Louder Than Words Festival, Manchester District Music Archive is hosting a panel event celebrating and dissecting Greater Manchester song lyricism through the ages.

In the run-up to the festival we will be compiling a chart of the best and worst of our city's wordsmithery, as chosen by you.

We've put together a little survey, which will take 2 minutes to fill in:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FQLVHKR

So, get thinking, and remember:

1. Keep it Manchester
2. Restrict yourself to 1-4 consecutive lines per song
3. It's only a bit of fun

Here are some examples to get the ideas flowing:

"In the twist of separation you excelled at being free
Can't you find a little room inside for me?" (G.Barlow)

"A man, extremely lazy
Exhumes the cooked pigeon
His words indignant, because it was cooked wrong
A middle class revolt" (Mark E. Smith)

"Bring the pot to the boil and let's talk about Reenies
Gigglin' girlies who think they can tease me
It's Friday, it's club night, they batter their Giro
Their hair lookin' like it's been cut with a Flymo" (Kermit)

"The last night of the fair, by the big wheel generator
A boy is stabbed and his money is grabbed
And the air hangs heavy like a dulling wine" (S.P. Morrissey)

"Tell me girls, is it true?
Tell me girls, what should I do?
You could sink, you might swim
You cut your throat if you run to him" (L.Sterling)

"Your country is a wonderful place
It pales my England into disgrace
To buy a drink there is so much more reasonable
I think I’ll go there when it gets seasonable" (B.Sumner)

"What have you done today to make you feel proud?" (H. Small)


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ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

2nd September 1972TICKET
Hardrock Concert Theatre – bladesy
2nd September 1984FLYER
Fagin's – dubwise-er
2nd September 1988FLYER
Milltown Brothers, CP Lee / The Boardwalk – dubwise-er
2nd September 1988FLYER
Kalima, The Waltones / The Boardwalk – dubwise-er
2nd September 1988CONTRACT
Jean Go Solo – Dale Jowett
2nd September 1988CONTRACT
Jean Go Solo – Dale Jowett
2nd September 1991OTHER
Morrissey – kifs
2nd September 1991OTHER
Morrissey – kifs
2nd September 2012VIDEO
Periscope – Isadora


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