"One Better Day" as written by and Graham/barson Mcpherson....
Arlington house, address: no fixed abode
An old man in a three-piece suit sits in the road
He stares across the water, he sees right through the lock
But on and up like outstretched hands
His mumbled words, his fumbled words, mock

Further down, a photo booth, a million plastic bags
And an old woman filling out a million baggage tags
But when she gets thrown out, three bags at a time
She spies the old chap in the road to share her bags with
She has bags of time

Surrounded by his past, on a short white line
He sits while cars pass either side, takes his time
Trying to remember one better day
A while ago when people stopped to hear him say

Walking round you sometimes hear the sunshine
Beating down in time with the rhythm of your shoes

Now she has walked enough through rainy town
She rests her bag against his and sits down
She's trying to remember one better day
A while ago when people stopped to hear her say

Walking round you sometimes hear the sunshine
Beating down in time with the rhythm of your shoes
Walking round you sometimes hear the sunshine
Beating down in time with the rhythm of your shoes
The feeling of arriving when you've nothing left to lose

Walking round you sometimes hear the sunshine
Beating down in time with the rhythm of your shoes
The feeling of arriving when you've nothing left to lose



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"One Better Day" as written by Christopher John Foreman Cathal Joseph Smyth

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    General CommentThis is a song about two homeless people. Arlington House is a big ol' building on Arlington Road in Camden, London (where Madness lived). It was used as a homeless shelter in the 1980's. I think the building is still there, but I dont think it's a shelter anymore.

    The woman in the video for this song is apparently Sugg's wife. When I saw them live he dedicated to her and mumbled something to that effect.

    The song is more than likely set on Camden Highstreet, a road that runs parallel to Arlington Road. The lock that the homeless man sees right though is without doubt Camden Lock and Arlington Road is not on the canal, while it runs right under the Highstreet.

    MeX
    dwitefryon October 28, 2008   Link
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    General CommentHow has such a beautiful smile m got so few comments? One of Madness's best songs.
    dancjon November 22, 2015   Link

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