"Aisle Of Plenty" as written by Anthony Banks, Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Michael Rutherford and Steve Hackett....
I don't belong here, said old tessa out loud.
Easy, love, there's the safe way home.
Thankful for her fine fair discount, tess co-operates

Still alone in o-hell-o
See the deadly nightshade grow

English ribs of beef cut down to 47p lb
Peek Frean's family assorted from 17 1/2 to 12
Fairy liquid giant - slashed from 20p to 17 1/2
Table jelly's at 4p each
Anchor butter down to 11p for a 1/2
Birds eye dairy cream sponge on offer this week.

It's scrambled eggs.


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"Aisle of Plenty" as written by Phil Collins Anthony George Banks

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    General CommentThis song gives me goosebumps. Its decades before its time and the tune is very close to what r&b artists are doing today. I can't just play this song once... have to listen to it over and over again.
    Suceeon September 03, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis may be obvious, but for those who wern't alive in England in the 1970s, Safeway, Fine Fair and Tesco were all (and some still are) supermarkets.
    darlomundayon June 30, 2010   Link
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    Song Meaningsee the deadly nightshade grow. night shade is belladonna atropa, bella donna is 'beautiful woman maturing'. see the belladona grow, seeing her become "hip to the game". It's a story that began with the first song of the album 'Selling England by the Pound" where the woman is with her soldier boyfriend who is swearing his love to his romantic lover, assuming they will making love "for her merchandise...he traded in his prize" and then later on in the song Cinema show, the woman is meeting her beau for a movie. She has innocent thoughts on her mind of making her bed before leaving for her date, while her boyfriend's thoughts are about making his bed with her. This song is "the woman" after her date immediately saying "I don't belong here."

    Where is she? What is this safe way home? Why is she getting a fare discount? What is she cooperating with? Yes we know the grocery store puns, but this is another kind of "market" being hinted at. Peter and company have once again hidden a dark story beneath the many layers of their lyrical and musical art. This woman is learning the rules of commerce, the selling of england, the coarse exchange of something for something, hopes and dreams for continued existence, underlined by the vague but unmistakable feeling of doom and degradation. The difference and the relationship between man and woman, and the inequalities and sorrows of both sides.
    grimjackon August 26, 2014   Link
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    General CommentA song about consumerism...about selling out your values...which loosely connects the entire Selling England album.

    "Take the Safe Way Home...Thankful for her Fine Fare discount, Tess Co-Operates"....Safeway, Fine Fare, Tesco and the Co-Op all were/are supermarkets in the UK. Although they had been around 20 years, it was the early to mid 70s that saw the British supermarkets take over from the independent butchers and greengrocers, who might well have been selling English ribs of beef of the highest quality....but the supermarket had conveniently packaged beef cheaper.
    absinthedudeon May 27, 2016   Link

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