"Hope Street" as written by Simon Friend, Charles Kenton Heather, Mark Chadwick, Jonathan Sevink and Jeremy Cunningham....
There's a young boy in the queue
Not much else for him to do
He's had a drink, he's had a few
Down the pub on Hope Street

Dear old lady, you're looking thin
Got a shopping bag with your life in
Your old man's going through the bins
So it goes on Hope Street

Rain on me come pouring down
Clean the dirt off this old town
Tell the sun to come around
And show his face on Hope Street

There's a fight right down the street
The betting shop has got him beat
Blew his money for the week
On a horse called Hope Street

No old faces out today
Someone took them all away
Cleaning up or so they say
The dirty face of Hope Street

Rain on me come pouring down...(X 2)
Everyday I look at you
Dressed up in your ties of blue
Saying there's not much you can do
To help the kids on Hope Street

You don't seem to even care
That it was you that put them there
You seem to think they like it there
Hanging out on Hope Street

Rain on me come pouring down...

Lyrics submitted by black_cow_of_death, edited by Flashiekins

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  • +1
    General CommentInner city street? The name is obviously ironic "hope street". Most probably a reaction to the conservative bastards who were in controll of the country at the time.
    MrHippyon June 18, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAs Jeremy says on some of live performances 'there's one of these in every town.' it is about the 'other ' side of life in towns with the down and outs and poor people who the middle class just try to forget about
    sanityassassinon December 05, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti love the levellers and have all their albums like..

    i also love this song..


    that riff is foul!
    zodinon June 21, 2007   Link
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    My InterpretationI love this song and ironically there's a "Hope Street" near me that is scarily similar to this =P

    It's about the desolation you find in slum/council estates in city/urban areas, particularly in the 70-90's with Thatcher (*shudder*) the Miners Strikes etc etc - it tackles everything:
    Verse 1 - Unemployment (there were 3 million unemployed in the late 70's)
    verse 2 - Homelessness (repossession was common too, if you couldn't pay)
    Verse 3 - Gambling Addiction (People turn to it when they have no money)
    Verse 4 - the "regulars" idea in the pubs / living on a estate
    Verse 5 - The Useless endeavours of the council to helps "The kids" when it was them who "put them there" in the fist place by not giving them a chance.

    The "ties of blue" refers to the middle class, council works, civil servant types who just give up on these “down-and-out” types, and “don’t even seem to care”

    Hehe....in case you couldn't tell I come from a English working/lower middle class background ^_^; so this makes sense to me =P
    Lederinon August 29, 2009   Link
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    General CommentNot quite sure what its about but I read that there was once a TV show called hope street that was set in a youth crisis centre in new york. Apparantly in dealt with issues such as gang violence, incest and AIDS. The main character opened the centre when his son was gunned down in the street. I think the song may have been based on it.
    Tom_999on June 12, 2004   Link
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    General CommentExcept that this song is clearly about a street in England, with the references to pubs and bins.
    prolific8on October 25, 2004   Link
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    General Commentgood point
    Tom_999on October 29, 2004   Link

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