"Mornington Crescent" as written by and Martin/murdoch/cooke/geddes/jackson/kildea/colburn....
Mornington Crescent
I think of you
Rain in the southeast
Men feeling blue
Men with their bowlers
Kids with their spats
Ladies with chauffeurs
Dogs wearing hats and jackets
Rich apartments
Old punk posters
Tartan garments
I love the exquisite array
I love the camp as camp parade
The possibilities suggest themselves to me
I'm feeling free

Mornington Crescent
The sun in the east
I've got a job on
For a Senegalese rich arbitrator
In African law
To paint his apartment, strip down the walls
Came down between us lately
Lust and want and need just caved in
'Is it wise?'
The answer's no
It never is but since you ask
We pause thoughtfully, for twenty seconds reprieve
Then it's off with the briefs

Mornington Crescent
Sin is my game
We'll all be lined up
Irrelevant fame
Next to the broker, the nurse and the drunk
I was a joker, the wannabe punk that got lucky
Had a good time
Life became fruitless
Egotistic swine to all your friends
All the ladies and the men
The possibilities suggest themselves to me
We're a little too free

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"Mornington Crescent" as written by Christopher Geddes Bob Kildea

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  • +1
    General CommentFor all you non-londoners, Mornington Crescent is the notorious underground station that's perpetually closed for rennovation. Not sure what goes on above ground there.
    solublefishon April 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is my second favourite B&S song (after Asleep on a Sunbeam).

    It took me a while to understand this song, because I grew up in London and have travelled on the Northern Line for as long as I can remember, so when I hear him sing "Mornington Cresent", all I hear is that recording of the woman that pronounces "Highgate" funny. But then I thought of what the name might sound like to someone that's not from London and realised that the sound of it is actually really strange, and maybe even romantic. And that's the key to understanding this song; this part of North London around Camden is full of afluence ("dogs wearing hats and jackets") and romance ("old punk posters") at first sight, but once you get to know it better you realise it's really a bit of a mundane shithole ("next to the broker, the nurse and the drunk"..."life became fruitless" etc.). Of course, it's an analogy for life in general, and thus the perfect ending to The Life Pursuit- like so many songs on that album, it's about going out and.. well... "Pursuing".. meaning and adventure in life, finding so much possibility and promise but ultimately finding that our optimism is misplaced. The last line sums it all up really, "we're a little too free"- modern life gives us so much choice and "possibility", that we just end up spending our entire lives in this pursuit...and failing... kindof depressing really...
    Iwannabeawormon September 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentJust an idea but mornington crescent has got UCH (university college hospital) to the south of it (the nurse), camden town to the north (the drunk) and on the south of regents park (next to mornington) there's a big investment banking tower. UCH seems like a sitter for me (why else nurse?) but the others I'm a little hazy on
    porkbrothon February 28, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIt's difficult to understand that while so many of the other song's on 'The Life Pursuit' receive so much comment and attention, 'Mornington Crescent' resides here with only one (albeit entirely factually correct!) comment. As an exiled Scot and one time metropolitan commuter, I connect with this song and the slightly regretful feeling about becomming immersed in the melting pot that is London. I know Stuart has laboured with this song for some time and the result is an absolute classic. Perhaps running as the last track of the 'The Life Pursuit' is a stroke of genius for the piece of understated genius that this song is. It's a slow burner guys, but will shine in the long term. Just listen to liltening turns of phrase in Beans' keyboards, or the gentle twang of Stevie's guitar. It's one of their finest achievements. Thanks guys!
    Curious Boyon May 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI agree with curious boy. The best track on Life Pursuit and one of the greatest songs of their career.

    ..."Lust and want and need just caved in
    "Is it wise?"
    The answer’s no
    It never is but since you ask
    We pause thoughtfully
    For twenty seconds reprieve
    Then it’s off with the briefs"...

    This part reminds me of a realtionship I once had with my boss...
    kateastropheon July 25, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSounds more like;
    Morning Glory?
    Michael_mp3on September 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI've been listening to this song since the album came out but I'd never really listened to the lyrics anyway I'm not from the UK (though I do realize that Mornington Crescent is an underground station) and just yesterday I heard of the game Mornington Crecsent and I right away connected it to this song... then I listened to the lyrics and realized that is not in fact what this song is about. Yeah anyway.
    omgomghaleyon March 01, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti love this song.
    perhapspsychologyon September 07, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationI love this melancholy song. The album is "The Life Pursuit" (whose name suggests "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness", from America's Declaration of Independence). This song is about the mechanical meaningless of modern life, centered on the pursuit of instant happiness. My favorite line is the last one: "The possibilities suggest themselves to me we’re a little too free."
    jcovarruon June 11, 2013   Link

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