"Askew Road" as written by and Bradfield/jones/moore....
Askew Road, with charm of napalm
A second home, with love for you all
Askew Road, with bullet proof vows
Always facing hostility and doubt

You make your beds boys, and clear your heads boys
Leave your life behind, reclaim it when you can
Like a deep loss, already restored
Humane and deeply flawed

Askew Road, with cigarette burns
A second home, with love for you all
Askew Road, with bullet proof vows
Always facing hostility and doubt

You make your beds boys, and clear your heads boys
Leave your life behind, reclaim it when you can
Like a deep loss, already restored
Humane and deeply flawed

"Most bands have no respect for us at all,
Which is fine because we didn't form a band
To get respect from other musicians, you know
That was never an important criteria to us
It's just tragic I think"

Askew Road, a place in my heart
Forever hoping we'll all make our way back


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    General CommentGorgeous song. Askew Road is in W. London, and it's where the band stayed at some point as youngsters with Philip Hall. Quite an appropriate name for the road...it seems to be a yearning for a past when everything was simpler. The quote is by Richey, who has stated that he had a blissful childhood.
    Songmeaningsuseron January 11, 2006   Link
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    General Commentcan anyone tell me where i can get hold of this - i have all the albums, including lipstick traces and it's not on there
    Koalablubblubon April 06, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI hear this song on Pandora and it just takes my breath because the emotions it evokes for me of longing and love.
    Radcalimomon November 21, 2009   Link
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    General CommentNamed after the location of Philip and Terri Hall's house in London, where the Manics lived for a short time when they first started, Askew Road is a gentle call back to their youth. It strums very softly, James' voice almost cracking as he croons a tune that harks to an era of naivety and eagerness for success and also the intense friendship that held them so closely together. The addition of an interview clip with Richey, a small shock to the gasping listener, only serves to heighten the nostalgia and highlight his ever-presence in the band to this day.
    manic4manicson September 07, 2014   Link

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