"Under the Westway" as written by Graham Coxon, David Rowntree, Steven Alexander James and Damon Albarn....
There were blue skies in my city today
Everything was sinking
Said snow would come on Sunday
The old school was due and the traffic grew
Upon the Westway
Where I stood watching comets lonesome trails
Shining up above me the jet fuel it fell
Down to earth where the money always comes first
And the sirens sing

Bring us the day they switch off the machines
'Cause men in yellow jackets putting adverts inside my dreams
An automated song and the whole world gone
Fallen under the spell of the distance between us when we communicate
Still picking up shortwave
Somewhere they're out in space
It depends how you're wired when the night's on fire
Under the Westway

Now it's magic arrows hitting the bull
Doing one eighty still standing at last call
When the flags coming down
And the Last Post sounds
Just like a love song
For the way I feel about you
Paradise not lost it's in you
On a permanent basis I apologize
But I am going to sing

Hallelujah
Sing it out loud and sing it to you
Am I lost out at sea
'Til a tide wash me up off the Westway


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"Under the Westway" as written by Damon Albarn David Alexander De Horne Rowntree

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  • +7
    My InterpretationIt seems, at least to me, that the whole song is talking about how the modern world seems less beautiful when you consider how it's changed.

    "There were blue skies in my city today
    Everything was sinking, said snow would come on Sunday"
    Even though things are fine now, the only concern is how the future must be bleak, and that's what people focus on. Not that it's sunny today, but that soon it'll be miserable and the weather will be terrible.

    The difference between dreams (actually wanting something), and the "men in yellow jackets" that put adverts into your dreams; people don't want things anymore because they care, but because they're told to. It's got to the point where you have to pray they switch off the modern 'machines' so we can go back to appreciating things.

    It mentions about the difference between the night sky and jet planes, communicating with people or fretting over technology, which seems to suggest that everything natural and simple is gone, and people are more used to communicating with money and warnings (sirens).

    Saying about how the "Last Post sounds just like a love song", then apologising for expressing his feelings and singing means we've gotten to the point where displays of emotion are uncommon that they seem odd, and displays of emotion such as the Last Post seem like a love song to some.

    Picking up 'short wave(, somewhere they're out in space)' references how we quickly went from nothing, to radio, then to television and the internet, how the world is moving forward so quickly it's difficult to stop and appreciate it anymore without people noticing.
    Ti17on July 30, 2012   Link
  • +3
    Lyric CorrectionThere were blue skies in my city today
    Everything was sinking, said snow would come on Sunday
    And the old school was due and the traffic grew
    Up on the Westway

    Where I stood watching comets lonesome trails
    Shining up above me, the jet fuel it fell
    Down to earth where the money always comes first
    And the sirens sing

    Bring us the day they switch off the machines
    'Cuz men in yellow jackets putting adverts inside my dreams
    An automated song and the whole world gone
    Fallen under the spell...

    ...of the distance between us when we communicate
    Still picking up short wave, somewhere they're out in space
    It depens on how you're wired when the night's on fire
    Under the Westway

    Now it's magic arrows hitting the bull
    Doing one eighty, still standing at last call
    When the flags coming down and the Last Post sounds
    Just like a love song

    For the way I feel about you
    Paradise not lost, it's in you
    On a permanent basis I apologise
    But I am going to sing

    Hallelujah
    Sing it out loud and sing it to you
    Am I lost out at sea, 'til a tide wash me
    Up off the Westway
    Stvafelon July 08, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSuch a fucking masterpiece.
    Stvafelon July 08, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMasters as always!!! I agree with Stvafel...
    covashon July 10, 2012   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI think it's about the A40 Westway
    tahiti80on September 05, 2012   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI like the way this song is so open to interpretation. Like the line "the distance between us when we communicate". Is he talking about texting and phone calls, how nothing is ever personal anymore? Is he talking about a relationship, how he feels so distant? Or maybe something entirely different? I think that's the power in Damon's vocals; they can mean something different to everyone, and it's all meaningful.

    I must say, one of my all-time favorites. A pity it's not more well-known.
    Dutchmanon November 02, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAlso, the line "putting adverts inside my dreams" reminds me—and I'm not sure if this quote was related to blur, but it certainly fits here—of something I heard a while back. This famous person, I forget who, was being interviewed and he was going on about how advertisements are everywhere. The interviewer asked something like "Where do you go if you want to avoid adverts? Is anywhere safe?" And the man said "yeah, you go to sleep," and that's pretty much it.
    Dutchmanon November 02, 2013   Link
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    General CommentAmazing song. "Now it's magic arrows hitting the bull", I believe this references the world economic crisis. Since today technology seems to have a massive impact on world economy, I think tech are the "magic arrow" hitting the bull (wall street bull reference?). At least that what I got from it, and I love it.
    cosmemdp08on April 26, 2014   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationA classic piece knitting together the fabric of society today. He has time to ponder, it bothers him, he sees hope 'paradise not lost it's in you', but ultimately the stronger tone is society is disconnected and they, us, the Illuminati, whoever have hit it bulls eye, and it will get so bad we will be under one drum beat, to uncertain westway which is sunset, or the unknown. Interesting ending to his apology to perhaps his regular followers, but he is going to sing it out loud and proud, hallelujah! It surprised me in a pleasant way, he seems unsure, either on faith aspect or will listeners even care to hear his plea of faith and man's demise.
    Jaypipinon April 18, 2018   Link

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