"Hello My Old Friend [#]" as written by and Jeff Lynne....
Early morning day is dawning
Cooling towers and factory gates
Dirty streets and laughing people
Skinny dogs and beer crates

Hello my old friend
Hello my old friend

Sad canals green black water
Somewhere bicycles and beds
Wet and windy afternoons
And pigeons coo in garden sheds

Hello my old friend
Hello my old friend

High-rise tower blocks with panoramic
Views of trains and coal
Tiehead railway tracks tread faithfully
The gas works to behold

Hello my old friend
Hello my old friend

Just to see the sunset
Pretty rainbows over your majestic towers
To feel your earth beneath my feet
Here I could stand for hours and hours

(Young girls sing Fara Jacka in the background)
Big machines that once were champions
Turn to dust under the sky
Broken windows choking chimneys
Factory walls for miles and miles

Bye bye my old friend
Bye bye my old friend

Just to see the sunset
Pretty rainbows over your majestic towers
To feel your earth beneath my feet
Here I could stand for hours and hours


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"Hello My Old Friend [#]" as written by Jeff Lynne

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    My InterpretationThis song is most likely about London. Jeff is singing about all the good and bad and glorious of the city. Just as Chicago sang about their "city by the bay". My personal feelings for the song go beyond the description. I once used it as music for a montage of Charlie Chaplin clips, and it worked beautifully. The pacing of the music lends itself to slapstick early on, then transforms into a more serious mood for the description of life and its perils. One of my favorites definitely!!!!
    nora mae19on November 28, 2015   Link
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    General CommentThe album Secret Messages was originally supposed to be a double LP, and this is one of the tracks that was removed from it when it was cut down to a single LP. The album was supposed to be the last ELO album, though. And this song, which was written by Jeff Lynne about leaving his hometown of Birmingham, was supposed to be the album's closer. It would've been a great finale to the band's career.
    Deka7X9on September 05, 2016   Link

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