"Strange Town" as written by and Paul John Weller....
Found myself in a strange town
Though I've only been here for three weeks now
I've got blisters on my feet
Trying to find a friend in Oxford Street
I bought an A to Z guide book
Trying to find the clubs and YMCAs
But when you ask in a strange town
They say don't know, don't care and I've got to go, mate

They worry themselves about feeling low
They worry themselves about the dreadful snow
They all ignore me 'cause they don't know
I'm really a spaceman from those UFOs

You've got to move in a straight line
You've got to walk and talk in four-four time
You can't be weird in a strange town
You'll be betrayed by your accent and manners

You've got to wear the right clothes
Be careful not to pick or scratch your nose
You can't be nice in a strange town
'Cause we don't know, don't care and we got to go, man

Rush my money to the record shops
I stop off in a back street buy myself a snort
We got our own manifesto, be kind to queers
And I'm so glad the revolution's here
It's nice and warm now!

I've finished with clubs where the music's loud
'Cause I don't see a face in a single crowd
There's no one there
I look in the mirror, but I can't be seen
Just a thin, clean layer of mister sheen looking back at me
Oh, oh

Found myself in a strange town
Though I've only been here for three weeks now
I've got blisters on my feet
Trying to find a friend in Oxford Street

I bought an A to Z guide book
Trying to find the clubs and YMCAs
When you ask in a strange town
They say don't know, don't care and I've got to go, mate

Worry themselves about feeling low
They worry themselves about the dreadful snow
They all ignore me 'cause they don't know
I'm really a spaceman from those UFOs

Strange town, strange town

Break it up, break it up
Break it up, break it up
Break it up, break it up
Break it up, break it up
Break it up, break it up
Burn it down, shake it up
Break it up, break it up


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"Strange Town" as written by Paul John Weller

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    General CommentSpeaking as a Londoner who has now moved up north, I can see how inhospitable London is to new comers.
    jackd36on February 16, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWeller must have been visiting all the wrong places as a kid, or else he was a mouthy bugger. Killer baseline, and love those harmony vocals on the chorus!
    mwahahaaon June 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentSums up the feelings of anyone going into/moving to a new place. The whole sense of isolation and how everything seems alien to you, and how oyu seem alien to those around you.
    SmithersJones87on June 18, 2008   Link
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    Song ComparisonThis song is a lot like the spooky traditional song Nottamun Town, which has been done by many folksingers and groups like Fairport Convention, except it leaves out the best part, which says that 10,000 people who just stood around gawking at the newcomer without offering help got drowned before they were born.
    epiwooshon November 22, 2013   Link

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