"London Thunder" as written by and Walter Gervers Jack Bevan....
I'm on the red-eye flight to nowhere good
How about you?
I've been in the air for hours
Meteor showers by the pool
So one last drink for summer
Always leaving never you

Come back to London thunder
The sound of sorrow in my room, yeah

And now the tables turn, it's over
And with my fingers burned I start anew
And now I've come back down, I'm older
I look for something else to hold on to

There is no way to realign
Upholster skin I take back every line
Lost my mind in San Francisco
The worn out disco when tempers cooled
There is no water, there is no sound
Will you come around? Will you come around?
There is no space, there is no time
Where'd you draw the line?

And now the tables turn, it's over
And with my fingers burned I start a new
And now I've come back down, I'm older
I look for something else to hold on to

I'm on the red-eye flight to nowhere good
How about you?


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"London Thunder" as written by Walter Gervers Jack Bevan

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    Song FactFound this on nme.com/
    Philippakis: “It’s probably informed by touring, being absent in some way. We’ve been to a lot of airports over the last few years, and sometimes there’s this cool melancholy to an airport at a certain hour of the evening. It’s about being away and having some sort of experience that changes you, and waiting to return, knowing that the world you’re returning to will be subtly different because you are.”
    rozaiazoron September 26, 2015   Link
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    General CommentHave a slightly different take on this one... but who knows.

    "I'm on the red eye fly to nowhere, good
    How about you?"
    Soldier flying out to war. Daydreaming about someone, asking them where they are.

    "I've been in the air for hours
    Meteor showers by the pool"
    Still flying, coming under anti air fire, looks like meteor showers.. over the ocean/pool

    "So one last drink for summer
    Always leaving never you"
    Taking one more swig of his flask, thoughts of his life running through his head. He's always leaving, london is never leaving

    "Come back to London thunder
    The sound of sirens in my room"
    someone telling him to come back to london with the thunder of the blitzkreig.. which trigger the sirens in their room.

    "And now the tables turn
    It's over"
    Germany was going to win, tables turned and they were defeated. 'War' is over

    "And with my fingers burned
    I start anew"
    Fingers are the skyscrapers and buildings of london that were destroyed/burned during the bombings, time to start building anew

    "And now I've come back down
    I'm older
    I look for something else
    To hold on to"
    Come down from the height of war and/or the height of london as the top city in the world (now NYC), all it's really known for the better half of the 1900s to now so both london and narrator are looking for some new identity to become

    "There is no way to realign
    Upholster skin I take back every line"
    can't go back to the way things were, you can get new clothes, new buildings, new upholstery etc wants to start fresh (50s cookie cutter comes to mind)

    "Lost my mind in San Fransisco
    Worn out disco and temper's cool"
    looking for identity during the 60s, comparable to SF.. it's a stretch :-D
    things are chill

    "There is no water there is no sand
    Will you come around?
    Will you come around?"
    not an exotic destination, kinda lost on this one

    "There is no space there is no time
    Where to draw the line?"
    There is no space in london, overcrowded, there is no time, traffic etc

    "I'm on the red eye fly to nowhere good
    How about you?"
    Repeating the lines, repeating history... war all the time, war identity, etc
    daveowaveoon March 23, 2016   Link

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