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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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24th November 1971TICKET
Free Trade Hall – rs129
24th November 1971PHOTOGRAPH
Free Trade Hall – rs129
24th November 1971PHOTOGRAPH
Free Trade Hall – rs129
24th November 1971PHOTOGRAPH
Free Trade Hall – rs129
24th November 1973POSTER
OK Dave / Manchester Polytechnic – OT
24th November 1974TICKET
King's Hall (Belle Vue) – kifs
24th November 1977OTHER
Manchester Polytechnic – Martin Ryan
24th November 1979TICKET
Manchester University – dubwise-er
24th November 1980PHOTOGRAPH
Fast Cars / Portland Bars – fast cars
24th November 1983ADVERT
James, The Smiths, Greg Wilson / The Hacienda – jsz
24th November 1983FLYER
James, The Smiths / The Hacienda – dubwise-er
24th November 1983ADVERT
James, The Smiths / The Hacienda – WithyBlue
24th November 1984PRESS ARTICLE
Foreign Press – shivadescending
24th November 1984FLYER
The Hacienda – dubwise-er
24th November 1985FLYER
Hewan Clarke / The Hacienda – Sully67
24th November 1993FLYER
Kath McDermott, Matt Ryan, Paulette, Luke Howard / The Hacienda – Bigmouth
24th November 1995POSTER
Pete Robinson, Dave Rofe, Nipper / The Hacienda – 1963
24th November 1998FLYER
Happy Mondays, Inspiral Carpets, The Smiths, Doves, John McCready, Clint Boon, Tintin / South – tintin
24th November 1999TICKET
Academy 1 – rs129
24th November 2000PHOTOGRAPH
Politburo / The Roadhouse – transmission
24th November 2001BACKSTAGE PASS
Ian Brown / The Apollo – JSU
24th November 2005PHOTOGRAPH
Polythene / The Roadhouse – transmission
24th November 2006VIDEO
Cherry Ghost – Abigail
24th November 2007PHOTOGRAPH
Peterloo Massacre / Green Room – pmassacre
24th November 2007FLYER
Sisters Of Transistors, Caro Snatch, Peterloo Massacre / Green Room – pmassacre


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